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The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason bowl game following the 2014 season.

The champions of the two conferences will be in the matchup unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship. Should that occur, another deserving team from the conference(s) would be selected for the game.

"A new January bowl tradition is born," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "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 model. Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience."

"Our goal is to provide the fans across the country with a New Year's Day prime-time tradition," commented acting Big 12 Conference Commissioner Chuck Neinas. "This is a landmark agreement between two of the most successful football conferences during the BCS era to stage a postseason event. The creation of this game featuring the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will have tremendous resonance in college football."

"I am very excited by the prospects for a game between our champion and the champion of the Southeastern Conference," added incoming Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

During the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series, the Big 12 and SEC lead the nation with 11 seasons in which each conference has had at least one team ranked in the top four of the final BCS standings. Both conferences share the top spot all-time with 14 teams each that have finished in the top four of the final BCS standings. The two conferences have combined for 16 appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, with the Big 12 ranking second behind the SEC's nine appearances with seven trips to the National Championship Game.

The two league champions have met twice in BCS bowl games since 1998, both in BCS National Championship Games. In 2010, Alabama defeated Texas, 37-21, in Pasadena, Calif., and in 2009, Florida defeated Oklahoma, 24-14, in Miami, Fla.

Specific details, including host site(s), will be announced at a later date.

ANNUAL FOOTBALL RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE

BIG 12 CONFERENCE

  Champion    BCS Ranking      Harris/AP Ranking  
  USA Today Coaches Poll   
2011  Oklahoma State   3 3 3
2010 Oklahoma 7 9 8
2009 Texas 2 2 2
2008 Oklahoma 1 2 1
2007 Oklahoma 4 3 3
2006 Oklahoma 10 8 8
2005 Texas 2 2 2
2004 Oklahoma 2 2 2
2003 Kansas State 10 8 10
2002 Oklahoma 7 8 8
2001 Colorado 3 3 3
2000 Oklahoma 1 1 1
1999 Nebraska 3 3 3
1998 Texas A&M 6 8 9
1997 Nebraska -- 2 2
1996   Texas -- 23 23

  Highest Ranked
At-Large Team         
  BCS Ranking 
  Harris/AP Ranking 
  USA Today Coaches Poll   
2011 
Kansas State 8 10 10
2010 Missouri 12 13 14
2009 Oklahoma State  19 17 18
2008 Texas 3 3 3
2007 Missouri 6 7 7
2006 Texas 19 17 16
2005 Texas Tech 15 15 15
2004 Texas 4 6 5
2003 Oklahoma 1 3 3
2002 Kansas State 8 6 6
2001 Nebraska 2 4 4
2000 Nebraska 8 9 8
1999 Kansas State 6 7 7
1998 Kansas State 3 4 4
1997 Kansas State -- 10 9
1996 Nebraska -- 6

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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

  Champion    BCS Ranking      Harris/AP Ranking 
  USA Today Coaches Poll   
2011  LSU   1 1 1
2010 Auburn 1 1 1
2009 Alabama 1 1 1
2008 Florida 3 1 2
2007 LSU 2 2 2
2006 Florida 2 2 2
2005 Georgia 7 8 8
2004 Auburn 3 3 3
2003 LSU 2 2 2
2002 Georgia 3 4 4
2001 LSU 13 12 12
2000 Florida 7 7 7
1999 Alabama 4 5 6
1998 Tennessee  
1 1 1
1997 Tennessee -- 3 --
1996   Florida -- 3 --

  Highest Ranked
At-Large Team       
  BCS Ranking 
  Harris/AP Ranking 
  USA Today Coaches Poll 
2011  
Alabama 2 2 2
2010 Arkansas 8 8 8
2009 Florida  5 5 5
2008 Alabama 4 4 4
2007 Georgia 5 4 4
2006 LSU 4 4 4
2005 Auburn
9 7
7
2004 Georgia 7 8 7
2003 Tennessee 8 6 7
2002 Florida 17 22 20
2001 Florida 5 5 5
2000 Auburn 20 20 20
1999 Tennessee
5 6 5
1998 Florida
9 7 7
1997 Florida
-- 6 8
1996 Tennessee -- 9 10

 

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