Another detail yet to be fully ironed out is the participants in each year of the multi-year agreement, which sources indicate is a four-year deal. The Big East and Big 12 will provide the opponents in this year's contest, which will be played on Thursday, December 28 at Reliant Stadium. However, the Big East will not be in the game in each succeeding year. The league is guaranteed just one additional appearance in the following three years of the game, as the Mountain West and Conference USA will also take turns in providing teams for the bowl. It is expected that the Big 12 will be an annual participant in the game. Conference USA could provide a team to fill that slot if the Big 12 is unable to fill all of its contracted bowl game positions. Specific information regarding conference selection order will be released at a later date.
The Big East's guarantee to appear in the 2006 edition of the bowl provides the league a slot to replace one it could lose, for this year only, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. The Meineke Bowl has a one-year agreement that allows it to select Navy in 2006 if the Midshipmen are bowl eligible.