Officials at the Football Bowl Association announced dates today for the 35 postseason games that will be played following college football’s 2011 regular season, with the Cotton Bowl set for Jan. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and the BCS Championship Game to be played Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
The Big 12, which will include only 10 teams in 2011, has seven guaranteed bowl berths. The Mountain West, in TCU’s final season of membership, has four guaranteed bowl berths.
In addition to the Cotton Bowl, which will match a Big 12 team against an SEC opponent, D-FW will be the site of two other bowls: the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 30 in Dallas (BYU vs. Conference USA) and the TicketCity Bowl, Jan. 2 in Dallas (Big Ten vs. Conference USA).
A look at bowl games with Big 12, Mountain West or BCS ramifications: New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 17 (MWC vs. Pac-12); Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 21 (MWC vs. WAC); Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 22 (MWC vs. Pac-12); Independence Bowl, Dec. 26 (MWC vs. ACC); Holiday Bowl, Dec. 28 (Big 12 vs. Pac-12); Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29 (Big 12 vs. Pac-12); Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 30 (Big 12 vs. Big East); Insight Bowl, Dec. 30 (Big 12 vs. Big Ten); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Dec. 31 (Big 12 vs. Big Ten); Rose Bowl, Jan. 2 (Big Ten champ vs. Pac-12 champ/BCS bowl mix); Sugar Bowl, Jan. 3 (SEC champ vs. BCS); Orange Bowl, Jan. 4 (ACC champ vs. BCS); Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5 (Big 12 champ vs. BCS); Cotton Bowl, Jan. 6 (Big 12 vs. SEC); and BCS Championship Game, Jan. 9 (BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2).
_ Jimmy Burch