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    SEC Bowl Tie-Ins

    The Southeastern Conference has agreements to send 10 of its member institutions to postseason bowl games following the 2012 season.

    The winner of the SEC Championship Game will automatically participate in the Bowl Championship Series comprised of the Sugar, Rose, Orange and Fiesta Bowls.

    The Capital One will make its pick following the BCS selections. The Cotton Bowl has the first preference of teams from the Western Division and the Outback Bowl has first preference of teams from the Eastern Division.

    The Cotton or Outback Bowl can select teams outside of its divisional preference, but must not select them before the opposite bowl selects from its divisional preference.

    The Chick-fil-A Bowl has the selection of preference following the Cotton and Outback Bowls, followed by the Gator Bowl with the sixth selection. The Gator Bowl is in its second year to the SEC bowl lineup. The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will receive the seventh selection.

    The AutoZone Liberty and BBVA Compass Bowls share the eighth and ninth selections and will make their selections, not in any specific order, but in consultation with the SEC Office. The Independence Bowl has the league’s final selection.

    Jan. 2 • 8:30 p.m. ET • ESPN
    New Orleans, La. • Superdome (72, 968)
    Teams: BCS vs. BCS

    Jan. 1 • 1 p.m. ET • TBA
    Orlando, Fla. • Florida Citrus Bowl (65,438)
    Teams: SEC vs. Big Ten

    Jan. 1 • 1 p.m. ET • TBA
    Tampa, Fla. • Raymond James Stadium (65,657)
    Teams: SEC vs. Big Ten

    Jan. 4 • 8 p.m. ET • FOX Sports
    Arlington, Texas • Cowboys Stadium (75,815)
    Teams: SEC vs. Big 12

    Dec. 31 • 7:30 p.m. ET • ESPN
    Atlanta, Ga. • Georgia Dome (71,228)
    Teams: SEC vs. ACC

    Jan. 1 • Noon ET • ESPN2
    Jacksonville, Fla. • Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (73,000)
    Teams: SEC vs. Big Ten

    Dec. 31 • Noon ET • ESPN
    Nashville, Tenn. • LP Field (68,000)
    Teams: SEC vs. ACC

    Dec. 31 • 3:30 p.m. ET • ESPN
    Memphis, Tenn. • Liberty Bowl Stadium (62,338)
    Teams: SEC vs. Conference USA

    Jan. 5 • 1 p.m. ET • ESPN
    Birmingham, Ala. • Legion Field (71,594)
    Teams: SEC vs. Big East

    Dec. 28 • 2 p.m. ET • ESPN
    Shreveport, La. • Independence Stadium (53,000)
    Teams: SEC vs. ACC

    Bowl Championship Series

    Following the 2012 college football regular season, the Bowl Championship Series will determine the National Championship. This season will also mark the seventh year of the BCS National Championship Game, which stands alone from the four traditional BCS bowls but will be hosted by each of the bowls once during a four-year cycle.

    The BCS will once again consist of the Discover Orange, Allstate Sugar, Rose presented by Vizio, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game. The conferences with automatic berths include the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences.

    All BCS games will be televised on ESPN for the third straight year in 2013.

    The Bowl Championship Series guarantees a matchup between college football’s top two teams in a true national championship game.

    At the conclusion of the 2012 regular season, the BCS National Championship Game will be hosted in Miami, Fla., on Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m. EST. The BCS National Championship Game will have the top two teams ranked in the BCS final regular season standings.

    Other BCS games following the 2012 regular season include the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio on Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. EST, Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. EST, Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EST.

    On June 26, 2012, the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee agreed to launch a four-team playoff beginning with the 2014-15 season. The new format will continue at least 12 years, through the 2025-26 season. The semifinals will be rotated among six bowl games and will be played either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. The championship game, to be managed by the 11 conferences and rotated among neutral sites every year, will be on a Monday at least six days after the last semifinal game. A selection committee will rank the teams for the playoff.