The Texas Bowl, which takes place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, currently pairs the the sixth or seventh best team in the Big 12 against a team from the Big 12. This arrangement will change after this season. A team from the SEC will replace the Big Ten opponent, and the Texas Bowl will move up in the Big 12’s bowl selection order. The Texas Bowl will get the fourth team in the Big 12 bowl selection process after the forthcoming college playoff seeds are announced as well as the pairungs for the other select bowls.
The Big 12 and SEC, considered by many experts to be the two strongest college football conferences, previously announced an agreement with the Sugar Bowl to showcase the top two teams from both conferences, beginning with the Jan. 1, 2015, Sugar Bowl game. The only factor that would preclude a pairing of the top two teams from both leagues would be if one or both were playing in college football’s new national championship playoff format.
The Texas Bowl had had an affiliation with the Big 12 since the bowl game was created for the 2006 season.
“The Big 12 values its presence in the Houston area and the role it has played in the growth of the Texas Bowl,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby said.
Teams from the Big 12 and SEC have produced a combined 29 national champions and 28 Heisman Trophy winners, including nine of the past 15 Heisman winners.
The Big 12 placed nine of its 10 conference teams in postseason bowls in the 2012 season, a record for the highest percentage of teams from one conference in college football history.