COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive speaks prior to a press conference for the Texas A&M Aggies accepting an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference on September 26, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)

Houston Aiming To Host Champions Bowl, 2013 Kickoff Game At Reliant Stadium

Houston and San Antonio join New Orleans, Atlanta, and Arlington in a bid to host the Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl.

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Champions Bowl Bid By Houston Highest, According To Report

Houston could be part of the rotation to host the new Champions Bowl pitting the Big 12 and SEC champions against each other, as the city has reportedly submitted the highest bid for the game, according to a report tweeted by Mark Blaudschun.

New Orleans, Atlanta, San Antonio and Arlington/Dallas were also reported to be in the mix to host the game, which is set to kick off New Year's Day of 2015.

BCS officials are set to meet later this month to finalize a new 12-year agreement for the new postseason arrangement, and it's not known if the highest bid will necessarily guarantee Houston and Reliant Stadium the game. Blaudschun says Dallas is still the odds-on favorite.

The Champions Bowl is expected to be part of a rotation for the new national semifinals four times during the BCS' new 12-year arrangement.

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Reliant Stadium Could Host Oklahoma State Vs. Miss. State In 2013, According To Report

Oklahoma St. is considering playing Mississippi St. at Reliant Stadium in Houston to open their 2013 football season, according to the Oklahoman. The game would bring a high-profile Big XII vs. SEC match-up to the state of Texas for a neutral site game at the 71,054 seat stadium.

The national TV coverage of the game makes the opportunity tempting, as does the huge number of Oklahoma St. alums in the area, but the access to Texas recruits tops the list of reasons to play the game. Any time a team can get into the state and in front of that much elite talent, it is tough to say no.

The hold up could be in the two non-conference games that Oklahoma St. already as scheduled for 2013. The Cowboys are already scheduled to head to Texas next season to play Texas San-Antonio and will host Lamar. If they decide to play the Bulldogs in Houston too, they will have just one non-conference home game, which will not thrill the fans or the city of Stillwater.

Oklahoma St. and Mississippi St. have played each other four times before, most recently in 1999. They have each won two of the contests.


SEC-Big 12 Champions Bowl: Houston & San Antonio Bid To Play Host, According To Report

Houston and San Antonio have thrown their hats into the ring in the bid to play host to college football's new Champions Bowl, according to a report from ESPN's Brett McMurphy. The new bowl is set to pit the champions of the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conference against each other in the postseason. Replacements from each conference will play should those champions qualify for the four-team championship playoff.

Houston (Reliant Stadium) and San Antonio (Alamodome) add their bids to the cities of New Orleans (Superdome), Arlington (Cowboys Stadium), and Atlanta (Georgia Dome). According to the report, Arlington and New Orleans are considered favorites to land the game, which will also be included in the four-team playoff on a rotating basis.

A decision on the host city and stadium is expected to be made in September. The game will debut on January 1, 2015 as part of the 2014 postseason, the same postseason in which the four-team playoff debuts.

For more, stay tuned to SB Nation Houston and visit the College Football hub.


SEC, Big 12 Bowl Game Could Be With Or Without The BCS

It looks like the SEC and Big 12 can live without the BCS. Maybe.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive told reporters that the bowl game between the SEC and Big 12 conference champions could be done either inside or outside the BCS, which is certainly shocking.

Slive said the SEC and Big 12 are committed to the BCS process and won't begin negotiating with television or any bowls to stage the game until it's clear what the postseason looks like.

"It can be in the BCS or outside the BCS," he said. "Obviously we want to be very much a part of the BCS. It's our goal to enhance the postseason and complement what I hope will be a four-team playoff."

Slive is certainly doing his part to facilitate a four-team playoff, as this announced bowl game is certainly one major step in that direction.

There are apprehensions from other conferences, though, such as the Big 10 and Pac-12, who want to use a model that uses each major conference's champion in the tournament.

The SEC wants a playoff to include the top four teams. The Big Ten favors a model using conference champions, something the Pac-12 seems inclined to support as well.

Just this week, the ACC switched its preference to the conference-champion model. Two weeks ago, ACC Commissioner John Swofford told "the credibility of the system is undermined" if the top four teams aren't selected.

The Big 12 hasn't publicly said what model it supports. Asked if this new bowl means the Big 12 supports the SEC's playoff stance, Slive said: "I certainly hope so. My position hasn't changed on that. I think you'd have to ask them. That's not a part of this."

It would seem logical that the Big 12 would support the SEC in the SEC's playoff proposition after agreeing to this bowl game.

Be sure to continue checking SB Nation Houston for the latest Big 12 and SEC news throughout the summer.


Big 12 And SEC Reach Agreement On Major Bowl Partnership

In all sorts of irony here, the SEC and Big 12 have come together to effectively create a postseason bowl game partnership that would bring about a new January bowl tradition after 2014.

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