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2016 Big 12 Bowl Selection Process

College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Process
The CFP Selection Committee ranks the top 25 teams and selects the four teams to participate in the semifinal games. Then, after the contract bowls are filled based on conference agreements, the Committee will assign teams to fill the remaining New Year's bowls. Each conference champion from the contract bowls (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC & Pac 12) has a guaranteed spot in its contracted bowl or in another New Year's bowl (Sugar, Rose or Cotton) if the contracted bowl is a semifinal game and the conference champion is not selected to participate in a semifinal game. The highest ranked champion from the Mountain West, American, Conference USA, Sun Belt or MAC is guaranteed a spot in a CFP bowl and the remaining spots are filled based on the rankings of teams after the contract bowls have been filled.

College Football Playoff Bowls
Peach (semifinal)
Fiesta (semifinal)
CFP National Championship Game (Tampa, Fla.)

New Year's Contract Bowls
Allstate Sugar - (Big 12 vs. SEC when Sugar is not a semifinal game)
Rose - (Pac 12 vs. Big Ten when Rose is not a semifinal game)
Capital One Orange - (ACC vs. highest ranked SEC/Big Ten non-champion or Notre Dame when Orange is not a semifinal game)

Other New Year's Bowls
Goodyear Cotton
Vizio Fiesta
Chick-fil-A Peach

Big 12 CFP Contract Bowl Qualifier
The Big 12 champion will earn the Conference's automatic berth for its CFP contract bowl slot. If one or more teams tie for the Big 12 championship, the Conference's tiebreaker procedure will be used to determine the Big 12 designated team.

Additional Big 12 Teams in the CFP
If a Big 12 team(s) is rated in the top four of the CFP, it will play in one of the semifinals. This does not affect the Big 12 designee being placed in a CFP New Year's Bowl if it is not one of the top four teams. There is not a limit on the number of teams from one conference that can be placed in CFP bowls. Additional Big 12 teams may be selected for other CFP New Year's bowls based on their ranking in the final CFP Poll.

Big 12 Bowl Partners
Once the CFP has filled its bowl slots, Big 12 bowl partners will make selections from the remaining bowl eligible teams. Following is the order of selection. A bowl may pick from any available teams when it reaches its spot in the selection order.
Valero Alamo
Russell Athletic
AdvoCare V100 Texas
AutoZone Liberty
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Bowl Game Date / Time (CT) Site Matchup Network
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 23
3:30 p.m.
Fort Worth, Texas Big 12 vs. Navy / AAC ESPN
Cactus Bowl Dec. 27
9:15 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28
4:30 p.m.
Orlando, Fla. Big 12 vs. ACC/Notre Dame ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Dec. 28
8 p.m.
Houston, Texas Big 12 vs. SEC ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl Dec. 29
8 p.m.
San Antonio, Texas Big 12 vs. Pac-12 ESPN
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Dec. 30
11 a.m.
Memphis, Tenn. Big 12 vs. SEC ESPN
CFP - Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Dec. 31
Atlanta, Ga. Nat'l Semifinal ESPN
CFP - Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31
Glendale, Ariz. Nat'l Semifinal ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 2
7:30 p.m.
New Orleans, La. Big 12 vs SEC ESPN
CFP National Championship Jan. 9
7:30 p.m.
Tampa, Fla. Semifinal Winners ESPN
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