JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 30, 2016 – Following last night’s TaxSlayer Bowl Team Selection Committee Meeting, the TaxSlayer Bowl released an update on current teams being discussed as under consideration for the Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 game.
Based on the TaxSlayer Bowl’s partnership with the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, the TaxSlayer Bowl will select a team from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) versus a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Selection Committee is currently considering Kentucky, Auburn, Florida, and Arkansas from the SEC and Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech from the ACC.
The final selection and announcement of the two participants will take place this Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6 pm. Tickets and parking are available for the TaxSlayer Bowl at www.taxslayer.com.
The TaxSlayer Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at 11 a.m. at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL and will be nationally televised on ESPN.
The 72nd annual game will feature a team from the Southeastern Conference versus a team from the Big Ten Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference or Notre Dame.
TaxSlayer Bowl Selection Process
In each year of the current six-year agreement, a team will come from the Southeastern Conference.
Once the teams for the New Year’s Six Bowls and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl are selected, the Southeastern Conference has created a Tier 1 Bowl pool that is made up of the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Belk Bowl and the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. The pool of teams to populate these Bowls will be created by the Southeastern Conference and the Bowls will work with the Conference office and the schools’ athletic directors to create the best matchups possible.
Atlantic Coast Conference/Notre Dame:
Once the teams for the New Year’s Six Bowls and the Russell Athletic Bowl are selected, the Atlantic Coast Conference has created a Tier 1 pool that includes the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, the Belk Bowl, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The Bowls will work with the Conference and the schools’ athletic directors to create the best matchups while attempting to use regionalization in this process.
Big Ten Conference:
Once the teams for the New Year’s Six Bowls are selected, the selection process is as follows:
- Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
- Outback Bowl
- National Funding Holiday Bowl
- TaxSlayer Bowl/Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
- New Era Pinstripe Bowl
The conference office will work with the Bowls to ensure that the Big Ten teams do not have repeat games with the same Bowl.