The 16 Bowl Games

Once the Super 6 has split off from the NCAA and the NCAA has created a 16-team playoff for their remaining 48 teams, the bowls will be left to the Super Six. Sixteen bowls will be awarded to the top 32 teams (of the 78). Below is the chart of the existing bowls and their selection system (dates for the 2011-2012 bowl season). While it mostly maintains current alliances (as the Big 6 dominates major bowl contracts already), some bids have been taken away from the mid-majors.

Jan. 16 Super 6 Championship New Orleans, La. Winners of Super 6 Semifinals
Jan. 4 Fiesta@ Glendale, Ariz. Big 12 Champ vs. At-large
Jan. 3 or 4 Orange@ Miami, Fla. ACC Champ vs. At-large
Jan. 2 or 3 Sugar@ New Orleans, La. SEC Champ vs. At-large
Jan. 2 Rose@ Pasadena, Calif. Big Ten Champ vs. Pac-12 Champ
Jan. 6 Cotton Arlington, Tex. Big 12 No. 2 vs. SEC No. 4
Jan. 2 Outback Tampa, Fla. Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 3
Jan. 7# Capital One Orlando, Fla. Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
Jan. 5# Gator Jacksonville, Fla. Big Ten No. 4/5* vs. SEC No. 6*
Dec. 31 Sun El Paso, Tex. ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Atlanta, Ga. ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 5
Dec. 30 Pinstripe New York, N.Y. Big 10 No. 6* vs. Big East No. 4*
Dec. 30 Insight Tempe, Ariz. Big 12 No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 4/5
Dec. 29 Alamo San Antonio, Tex. Big East No. 3 vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Dec. 28 Holiday San Diego, Calif. Pac-12 No. 3* vs. Big 12 No. 5*
Dec. 26 Champs Sports Orlando, Fla. Big East No. 2* vs. ACC No. 3*
Dec. 24 Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii PAC-12 No. 2 vs. Big 12 No. 3

Bowls are free within the Super 6 to renegotiate alliances. The SEC and Big Ten each have 6 bowl spots guaranteed, while the Big 12 and PAC-12 have secured 5. The Big East and ACC each have 4 definite spots. Independents Notre Dame and BYU may be selected with any at-large spot or with any asterisked (*) game, which then pushes that conference’s teams down one spot. Games marked @ are all possible Super 6 Semifinal games and are all dependent on the #1 and #2 seeds. Games marked # were moved from January 2 to maximize viewing audiences. (January 1 falls on a Sunday in 2012, which is controlled by the NFL.)

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