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SEC working on bowl lineup of 10 or more

The SEC is working on a bowl lineup for 2014-19 that could give the league more than 10 bowls in certain years, depending on how the College Football Playoff shakes out.

According to a league source, the lineup could very well look like this: Sugar (New Orleans), Orange (rotational), Capital One (Orlando), Outback (Tampa), Belk (Charlotte), Meineke Car Care (Houston), Music City (Nashville), Liberty (Memphis) and BBVA Compass (Birmingham). The SEC is still in discussion with the Liberty and Compass Bowls, but the others appear set.

The Sugar and Orange are part of the playoff. The Sugar is a semifinal spot in 2014, but in years when it's not, it hosts SEC/Big 12 champions. The Orange hosts the ACC vs. SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame in years when not in the semifinal.

Many of the bowls will be part of a pool from which the SEC can select teams to diversify matchups. It's possible the Capital One will not be part of that rotation.

The AdvoCare V100 (Shreveport) is part of the current SEC lineup but will be tough to keep because of the mushrooming lineup, according to a source. For example, a year with four or more SEC teams in the 12-team, six-game playoff structure (two semifinals and four host bowls) could create 11 or more bowl spots for the league. At that point, having enough eligible teams (at least a 6-6 record) might be a challenge.

"If you assume in most years two (SEC teams) go to the new playoff structure, somewhere in that 10 to 11 range I think is what we're at least thinking about right now," SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack told the Birmingham News. "It could go deeper. It could go not as deep because then [bowls] have to decide whether they want to do an agreement with you at that point."

 
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