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Reports: Big 12 out, Big Ten in for future Holiday Bowl games

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Conference realignment has slowed down, but new memberships and the beginning of the College Football Playoff have resulted in leagues shuffling their future bowl relationships.

The Holiday Bowl, played in San Diego since 1978, will reportedly feature the Big Ten, not the Big 12, against a Pac-12 opponent after the 2013 season.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported Tuesday that the Holiday Bowl and Big Ten are close to finishing a six-year agreement set to begin with the 2014 season. According to the report, the deal gives the Holiday Bowl the third pick in the Big Ten bowl lineup after the playoff and access bowls make their selections.

It is expected that the game will hold its spot in the Pac-12 lineup -- second pick after the playoff and access bowls have been set. Nothing has been finalized, but another report from Big 12 country appears to confirm the Holiday Bowl's conference swap.

The Dallas Morning News also reported this week that the Big 12's relationship with the Holiday Bowl is expected to end after the 2013 game, stating the bowl is "likely to broker a Big Ten matchup with the Pac-12."

The Big 12 will likely turn to the state of Florida, possibly entering a relationship with the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. With the Chick-fil-A Bowl moving into a new position in the College Football Playoff, the ACC is reportedly moving the Russell Athletic Bowl up to No. 2 in the bowl lineup, meaning the Russell Athletic Bowl would get the first pick of teams not selected by the playoff or access bowls.

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