The SEC has added a new bowl to its list – and this time it’s not a deal with the Pac-10 or Big Ten…or even Big XII.

Anyway, the SEC – according to a tweet from CBS writer Brett McMurphy – has signed a deal that will see the SEC add the Independence Bowl to its growing list of bowls – with the much-maligned ACC as its partner.

The deal – the SEC’s 10th bowl in all – will be for 2012 and 2013, and will see the SEC’s No. 10 play the ACC’s No.7 team.

The great news for SEC fans is that the Bowl’s in Shreveport, Louisiana, meaning that it’ll be close enough for most SEC schools to get to.

The last time a SEC school went to the Independence Bowl was Georgia, who savaged Texas A&M (then a Big XII school, for those who can’t remember that far back!) 44-20 in 2009. In 2011, Missouri went to the Independence Bowl as a Big XII fan – where they annihilated North Carolina 41-24, while in 2010, Air Force beat Georgia Tech 14-7 in a much more defensively-orientated affair.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Another bowl for the SEC just shows the power of the conference and how in-demand it is getting. This is also good news for the ACC, who have been having problems in the PR department lately with the mooted leaving of Florida State and Clemson. 


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