While the the Big 10 and the Pac 12 have been making moves to protect their position in the Rose Bowl, the SEC and the Big 12 have come up with a plan to effectively match the champions of the BCS's historically top two football conferences in America.
The details have to be worked out later but The Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conferences announced today a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason bowl game starting with the 2014 season.
Should one of the teams be playing in the BCS game or possibly be selected for some type of four team playoff, other top ranked teams from the conferences will be selected for the game.
In making today's announcement, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said,
"A new January bowl tradition is born. This new game will provide a great matchup between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting postseason atmosphere created by the new four-team playoff. Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience."
Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas said,
"This is a landmark agreement between two of the most successful football conferences during the BCS era to stage a postseason event ... (this game) will have tremendous resonance in college football."
The two conferences are tied all time for having the most teams in the top spot of the history of the Bowl Championship Series. The SEC and the Big 12 lead the nation with 12 seasons in which each conference has had at least one team ranked in the top four of the final standings.
Of the two conferences 16 appearances in the BCS Championship Game, the SEC has appeared nine times and the Big 12 seven times. The two conferences have won 11 BCS Championships (SEC-8 ; Big 12-3).
This game will be a great match up and it's another smart move by Mike Slive who continues to set the pace for others to follow.
Question is - how will the other conferences react? Will other conferences seek their own bowl deals? Could this lead to Notre Dame finally joining a conference to avoid being left out?
The only thing for certain is ... "Times they are a changing."