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Alamo Bowl Gets New Deal, First Big 12 Pick

By Nate Woelfel



SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 29: Luke Utley #37 and Alex King #15 of the University of Texas Longhorns lead their team onto the field for a game against the Oregon State Beavers during the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome on December 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 29: Luke Utley #37 and Alex King #15 of the University of Texas Longhorns lead their team onto the field for a game against the Oregon State Beavers during the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome on December 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas

The Valermo Alamo Bowl agreed to a six-year extension with the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences on Friday.

As part of the new deal, which begins in 2014, the Alamo Bowl will get first pick of any team in the Big 12 Conference that does not qualify for the new, four-team playoff.  

The Bowl already has first choice of any Pac-12 team that does not qualify for a BCS bowl.

Previously, the Cotton Bowl has played host to the top Big 12 team that did not make a BCS game. But, starting in 2014, that will no longer be the case. The 2013 Alamo Bowl will be the last one that features the Pac-12’s No.1 and Big 12’s No. 2 from outside the BCS.

"Our goal is to continually move up in the Bowl order and our new partnership with the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences accomplished that and positions us well to make the next 20 years of Valero Alamo Bowls even more memorable than our first 20,” said Derrick Fox, President/CEO of the Valero Alamo Bowl in a statement. “San Antonio’s already renowned, compact downtown is undergoing an amazing transformation that we are excited to showcase to the Big 12 and Pac-12 universities, student-athletes and their fans.”