Could new matchup in Alamo signal Big 12 bowl shakeup?

August, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It sounds like the first of the bowl dominoes is fixing to fall.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the Alamo Bowl is aggressively scrambling to better its bowl matchup, moving from a shared No. 4/No. 5 pick in the Big Ten to the No. 2 pick from the Pac-10.

I would expect that if the $3 million payout the Times mentions is correct, the Alamo Bowl likely could move up at least to the No. 3 Big 12 pick. It would then give the Alamo the Holiday Bowl's current matchup of Big 12 No. 3 vs. Pac-10 No. 2.  

This game would be a huge coup for the San Antonio bowl. Traditionally, the San Diego game has featured some of the most intriguing offensive bowl games because the evolving playing styles of the Big 12 and Pac-10 appear to be such a good combination.

What it would mean for the Big Ten is unclear. Maybe Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would be able to rejigger his conference's configurations in Florida, work the Holiday Bowl in its mix or involve the Texas Bowl.

The most interesting bowl to watch in the future in terms of the Big 12 will be the Cotton Bowl. If the Dallas Cowboys Stadium proves to be as attractive for fans as it appeared during my short visit there last month, I think it will only be a matter of time before that bowl is included in the Bowl Championship Series.

If that is the case, the Alamo Bowl would be in prime position to pick up the Cotton Bowl's current matchup of Big 12 No. 2 team one of these days.

I've always thought that San Antonio would be an ideal place to anchor the loser of the Big 12 championship game -- mainly because the championship game figures to switch between larger stadiums in Arlington, Texas, and Kansas City in upcoming seasons because of harsh economic realities for the Big 12.  

The twinkling River Walk lights in late December in the Alamo City would be a nice consolation prize for the team that loses the Big 12 title game.

But until then, the Alamo Bowl's positioning to move up and snatch the Pac-10 team appears to be a wise move.  

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