The Southeastern Conference will send a representative to the Outback Bowl in Tampa for another six years under a contract extension announced Monday.
The league also said it will introduce a new method of selecting teams for bowls beginning with the 2014 season, the first for the College Football Playoff.
Under the new allocation system, the Capital One Bowl in Orlando will have the first selection of available league teams after any schools have qualified for the College Football Playoff, Sugar Bowl or Orange Bowl.
A pool of six bowls — including the Outback — will then be assigned a team after consultations with SEC schools and the bowls. The others games in the pool are the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Texas Bowl in Houston and Belk Bowl in Charlotte.
“This bowl process gives us the best opportunity to address several issues that impact SEC fans, including the creation of intriguing matchups, the accommodation of travel for fans, reduced ticket obligations for our schools and a variety of assignments to help prevent repetitive postseason destinations,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement.
The SEC also announced contract renewals with the Birmingham Bowl in Alabama and Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La. The Birmingham Bowl will have the next selection after the six-team pool, with the Shreveport game picking after that.
The Outback Bowl said the contract extension will place an SEC team in the New Year’s Day bowl at Raymond James Stadium until January 2020.
The SEC, an Outback participant for 18 years, will continue to match up against the Big Ten Conference in Tampa. The Outback completed a similar six-year extension with the Big Ten this year.