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Big 12, SEC champions to play in bowl

The preparations for the post-BCS playoff in college football continues.

The Big 12 and SEC announced a five-year agreement today to have their champions meet in a bowl game after the 2014 regular season. The bowl will happen unless one or both of the conference champions are selected to participate in the new four-team playoff that will determine a national champion.

“A new January bowl tradition is born,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said on the conference's web site. “This new game will provide a great match-up between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting post-season atmosphere created by the new four-team model. Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience.”

It's uncertain which site would host this game. The Sugar Bowl in New Orleans could be an appealing option. Or perhaps Cowboys Stadium in Arlington or the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 remain committed to the Rose Bowl and want to preserve it.

So with the Big 12 and SEC announcing a partnership, the Big East and ACC are left to figure out what's next for their conferences. Of course, the Big East and ACC could strike their own deal.

It's also going to be interesting to see if this move forces Notre Dame to take a harder look at conference affiliation.

Today's announcement will also likely impact the Fiesta Bowl, which has tie-in with the Big 12 and gets the champion unless that school is playing for a national title.