Big Ten announces bowl ties
The Big Ten Conference unveiled its new postseason lineup for the 2010-13 college football seasons on Tuesday and maintained a strong presence in both Florida and Texas.
The top three spots remain the same, as the Big Ten will send its champion to the Rose Bowl or another BCS game. The Capital One Bowl and the Outback Bowl receive the second and third selections, respectively, pairing the Big Ten against Southeastern Conference opponents.
The Gator Bowl will join the Big Ten bowl lineup and alternate the fourth and fifth selections with the Insight Bowl, which previously held the No. 6 pick. The Big Ten will face the SEC in the Gator Bowl (it was incorrectly reported that it was the ACC earlier) and continue to play a Big 12 foe in the Insight Bowl.
Despite ending its agreement with the Alamo Bowl, the Big Ten will continue to play postseason football in Texas. The Texas Bowl, played in Houston's Reliant Stadium, will have the No. 6 selection from the Big Ten as well as the No. 6 pick from the Big 12.
A new bowl game to be played at Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas, the Dallas Football Classic, will have the No. 7 pick from the Big Ten, which will likely face a team from Conference USA with the Big 12 remaining as a possible opponent. The Cotton Bowl Classic will move to Dallas Cowboys Stadium beginning in January, and the new bowl will be played on Jan. 1.
Sources say an agreement with the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl in Detroit also remains likely and the announcement would come later on. The Detroit game previously held the No. 7 selection but will likely receive the No. 8 selection.
The Big Ten went 1-6 in bowls last season and has a 15-28 mark in the postseason since 2003.
Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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