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Currie addresses Champions Bowl

By Cole Manbeck

Had the Champions Bowl been in place this past season, Kansas State probably would have been the team representing the Big 12 in it.

The game, which was announced by the Big 12 and the SEC two weeks ago, will pit the two conference’s champions against each other on New Year’s Day. However, if college football does indeed shift to a four-team playoff by 2014, then the game will sometimes not include the two league champs.

Take this year for instance: LSU, the SEC champions, played in the national title game. Oklahoma State, the Big 12 champ, ranked in the top four of the final BCS standings. The SEC’s No. 2 team, Alabama, also finished in the top four in the BCS. Therefore, had a four-team playoff been in place this past season, the Champions Bowl would have likely pitted K-State vs. Arkansas. Sound familiar?

“There are a number of different paths in which the (Champions Bowl) could go down,” Currie said. “And certainly it could be a matchup like the matchup we had this year between K-State and Arkansas (in the Cotton Bowl).

“Nevertheless, it’s going to be a winner for our conferences and college football in general because you’re talking about a New Year’s Night matchup nationally televised between the two premier college football conferences in the country.”

What a playoff and the Champions Bowl does to some of the Big 12 and SEC’s current bowl partners remains unclear.

“We are very, very grateful for all of our bowl partners,” Currie said. “The Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference probably have the best two lineups of bowl games anyways and that’s evident because of the fan support, tradition and level of football the two leagues play. I would argue our bowl lineup is the best.

“We’re very grateful to our long-term partners like the Cotton, Fiesta, Alamo and on down the list. We look forward to continuing those relationships in the future. We’ll just have to see how that evolution goes.”

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