2012-13 Bowl Season Bowl Selection Order

 
 
 
 

With bowl selection season upon us — two teams already slotted as of Nov. 12 — it’s high time we look at the selection order for the 2012-13 bowl season.

As in years past, the 35 bowls, five of which are BCS bowls, will select 70 teams for play. Selection order in these bowls is not tied to conference finish, but instead a simple draft. A team which finishes the season in sixth place in a conference could be picked second so long as they are bowl eligible.

Again, Ohio State, Penn State and North Carolina are ineligible for bowl games while Texas State, UT San Antonio, South Alabama and UMass are conditionally eligible if 70 teams are not bowl eligible.

For more information on the BCS selection process, check out the BCS Bowls page.

BCS Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Atlantic Coast Conference

1. Orange Bowl (BCS)
2. Chick-fil-A Bowl
3. Russell Athletic Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Belk Bowl
6. Music City Bowl
7. Independence Bowl
8. Military Bowl
9. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (contingency)

Big 12 Conference

1. Fiesta Bowl (BCS)
2. Cotton Bowl Classic
3. Alamo Bowl
4. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
5. Holiday Bowl
6. Care Care Bowl of Texas
7. Pinstripe Bowl
8. Heart of Dallas

Big East Conference

1. Bowl Championship Series Automatic Bid
2. Russell Athletic Bowl
3. Belk Bowl
4. Pinstripe Bowl
5. BBVA Compass Bowl or Liberty Bowl (the No. 5 Big East team will either play an SEC opponent in the Compass Bowl or the C-USA champion in the Liberty Bowl)
6. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

Big Ten Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3. Outback Bowl
4. Gator Bowl
5. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
6. Care Care Bowl of Texas
7. Heart of Dallas Bowl
8. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Pacific-12 Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Alamo Bowl
3. Holiday Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
6. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
7. New Mexico Bowl

Southeastern Conference

1. Sugar Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3/4. Outback Bowl (usually SEC East team) and Cotton Bowl Classic (usually SEC West team)
5. Chick-fil-A Bowl
6. Gator Bowl
7/8/9. Liberty Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, Music City Bowl (alternates)
10. Independence Bowl

Non-Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Conference USA

1. Liberty Bowl
2. Hawai’i Bowl
3. Armed Forces Bowl
4. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
5. Heart of Dallas Bowl (contingency)
6. New Orleans Bowl
7. BBVA Compass Bowl (contingency)

Note: After the Liberty Bowl selects its participant, the remaining bowls work together to fill C-USA slots.

Mid-American Confernece

1. Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl
2. GoDaddy.com Bowl
3. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Note: The MAC will supply an alternate to the Military Bowl for the ACC if it cannot supply enough bowl-eligible teams.

Mountain West Conference

1. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
2. Poinsettia Bowl
3. Armed Forces Bowl
4. Hawaii Bowl
5. New Mexico Bowl

Sun Belt Conference

1. New Orleans Bowl
2. GoDaddy.com Bowl

Western Athletic Conference

1. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2. New Mexico Bowl
3. Hawai’i Bowl


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