Independence Added To SEC Bowl Lineup

It's not the Weedeater Bowl. And it's much better than no bowl at all. The Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., has been a post-season port in the storm of bad seasons for many Southeastern Conference teams. This week it was announced that beginning this year, the SEC and Independence Bowl will be aligned again.

The Independence Bowl has had several title sponsors over the years and is currently the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. When Alabama last played in the game, at the end of Coach Nick Saban's first season with the Crimson Tide in 2007, Bama defeated Colorado, 30-24, in what was known as the PetroSun Bowl.

When word of the renewal of the SEC and the Independence Bowl leaked earlier in the week, there was speculation that Shreveport would be the site of another recent alliance, the SEC and Big 12 agreeing to pit their highest ranked teams in a post-season bowl game.

No, no, no, no, no.

The Independence Bowl will be played Dec. 28 with kickoff at 1 p.m. CST and television coverage by ESPN.

The Independence Bowl will match the 14-team SEC's ninth-ranked team after the BCS against the ACC's number six team following the BCS selections.

This announcement is a reunion with the SEC for the Independence Bowl as it previously partnered with the SEC for 15 years from 1995-2009. This alliance ends the game's relationship with the Mountain West Conference, which began in 2010. The Mountain West has reached a two-year agreement with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for a member institution to participate in its 2012 and 2013 games.

"We are obviously thrilled to be back in the game with the SEC," said 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl chairman Jack Andres. "We enjoyed 15 years of success with them from 1995-2009, and we've hosted 10 of their teams in our game, including newcomers Texas A&M and most recently Missouri. Our local ticket buyers and sponsors are familiar with the teams in the SEC and we hope this will generate even more local support for our game."

The SEC owns a 13-3 all-time mark in the Independence Bowl, with Ole Miss (4-1) having the most wins and five other teams sporting perfect records. Most recently Georgia defeated Texas A&M, 44-20, in the 2009 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl and Missouri beat North Carolina, 41-24 in this past year's game, as Missouri was still a member of the Big 12 Conference. Since the game's inception in 1976 the Independence Bowl has hosted 10 of the SEC's current member institutions. The Independence Bowl is the 11th oldest of the 35 bowl games.

"With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, we were looking to expand our bowl lineup and we are pleased to have the Independence Bowl back in our schedule," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "The Independence Bowl gives us a tie-in with the ACC, which will provide exciting competition in this high profile game."

AdvoCare V100 is in its fourth year as the game's title partner.

The Independence Bowl now joins the Chick-fil-A and Music City Bowls in matching up teams from the ACC and SEC.

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