Posted: Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:14AM ; Updated: Wednesday August 11, 2010 2:10PM
Stewart Mandel
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Remember the Alamo -- and all other new bowl partnerships

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Nearly half of non-BCS bowls from 2009 have at least one new conference partner

Gator Bowl made most radical change, swapping ACC/Big East for SEC/Big Ten

Here's a look at changes to each conference's bowl lineup for next four seasons

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The inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium will pit the Big 12 vs. the Big East.
The inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium will pit the Big 12 vs. the Big East.
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Fans who have been watching college bowl games for at least the past decade have come to associate the Alamo Bowl with the Big 12 and Big Ten. This year, however, they'll need to make an adjustment. After getting stuck with two 6-6 Big Ten teams over the past four seasons, Alamo Bowl CEO Derrick Fox managed to increase his game's per-school payout from roughly $2.2 million to $3 million for the new four-year cycle. He also convinced the Pac-10 to start sending its second-place team to San Antonio rather than San Diego (home of the Holiday Bowl) in place of the Big Ten.

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"Every four years you get the chance to move up or hold serve," said Fox. "We had a great 15-year run with the Big 12 vs. Big Ten matchup ... this was a chance to move up two or three choices on one end and get a team that just missed the BCS."

The Alamo is far from the only bowl looking at a new lot. All told, 12 of the 28 non-BCS bowls returning from last season have at least one new conference partner this season, while several others have moved either up or down in a league's pecking order. The New Year's Day Gator Bowl made the most radical change, swapping the ACC and Big East for the SEC and Big Ten. Meanwhile, two new games -- the Dallas Football Classic (Big Ten vs. Conference USA) at Cotton Bowl Stadium and the Pinstripe Bowl (Big 12 vs. Big East) at Yankee Stadium -- debut, while the International Bowl in Toronto is now defunct and the game formerly known as the Emerald Bowl, played in San Francisco, is now the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

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Below is a look at the changes to each conference's bowl lineup for the next four seasons. Click here for a complete 2010-11 bowl schedule.

Bowl Changes By Conference
 
ACC
No. 2009 2010-13
1 BCS BCS
2 Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A
3 Gator Champs Sports
4 Champs Sports Sun
5 Music City Meineke Car Care
6 Meineke Car Care Music City
7 Emerald Independence
8 EagleBank EagleBank
9 GMAC Kraft Fight Hunger*
* Conditional berth should the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl fail to fill one of its spots.
Big East
No. 2009 2010-13
1 BCS BCS
2 Gator Champs Sports*
3 Meineke Car Care Meineke Car Care
4 International Pinstripe
5 PapaJohns.com Birmingham**/Liberty***
6 St. Petersburg Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg
* The bowl can select Notre Dame once over the next four years if available.
** PapaJohns.com is now the Birmingham Bowl.
*** The Liberty can select a Big East team if there is no SEC team available.
 
Big Ten
No. 2009 2010-13
1 BCS BCS
2 Capital One Capital One
3 Outback Outback
4 Champs Sports Insight/Gator
5 Alamo Insight/Gator
6 Insight Texas
7 Little Caesars Dallas Football Classic
8 N/A Little Caesars
Big 12
No. 2009 2010-13
1 BCS BCS
2 Cotton Cotton
3 Holiday Alamo
4 Alamo Insight
5 Sun Holiday
6 Insight Texas
7 Independence Pinstripe
8 Texas Dallas Football Classic (2010, '12)/EagleBank ('13)
 
Conference USA
No. 2009 2010-13
1 Liberty Liberty
2 New Orleans Beef 'O' Brady's
3 Armed Forces Armed Forces (2010-12)
4 St. Petersburg EagleBank ('10, '12)/Dallas Football Classic ('11, '13)
5 Hawaii New Orleans (2010-12)/Hawaii ('13)
6 EagleBank Hawaii (2010-12)
MAC
No. 2009 2010-13
1 Little Caesars Little Caesars/GMAC
2 GMAC Little Caesars/GMAC
3 International Humanitarian
4 N/A Birmingham*
* Conditional berth should the bowl fail to fill one of its spots.
 
Mountain West
No. 2009 2010-13
1 MAACO Las Vegas MAACO Las Vegas
2 Poinsettia Poinsettia
3 Armed Forces Independence
4 New Mexico Armed Forces/New Mexico
5 N/A Armed Forces/New Mexico
Pac-10
No. 2009 2010-13
1 BCS BCS
2 Holiday Alamo
3 Sun Holiday
4 Emerald Sun
5 MAACO Las Vegas MAACO Las Vegas
6 Poinsettia Kraft Fight Hunger
 
SEC
No. 2009 2010-13
1 BCS BCS
2 Capital One Capital One
3 Cotton/Outback Cotton/Outback
4 Cotton/Outback Cotton/Outback
5 Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A
6 Music City/Liberty Gator
7 Music City/Liberty Music City
8 Independence Liberty
9 PapaJohns.com Birmingham*
* PapaJohns.com is now the Birmingham Bowl.
Sun Belt
No. 2009 2010-13
1 New Orleans New Orleans
2 GMAC GMAC
Little Ceasars*
* Conditional berth should the bowl fail to fill its Big Ten spot.

WAC
2009 2010-13
Humanitarian Humanitarian
New Mexico New Mexico
Hawaii Hawaii
Kraft Fight Hunger ('10, '13)/Poinsettia ('11, '12)
 
Army (if eligible)
2010 --
2011 Kraft Fight Hunger
2012 EagleBank
2013 Poinsettia
Navy (if eligible)
2010 Poinsettia
2011 EagleBank
2012 Kraft Fight Hunger
2013 Armed Forces
 

 
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