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Big 12 Says AAC Bowl Tie in with Armed Forces Bowl

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Big 12 announces Armed Forces Bowl partnership with the American Athletic Confernece

Big 12 announces an AAC opponent heading to Fort Worth during bowl season
Big 12 announces an AAC opponent heading to Fort Worth during bowl season
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The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature a team from the American Athletic Conference starting in 2014, per an announcement on the Big 12's official website, big12sports.com. The Big Ten has previously announced that they were rotating yearly with the Big 12 for the spot in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Last season the Armed Force Bowl paid out $600,000 per contestant.

This would give the AAC a power conference opponent in three bowl games: Armed Force Bowl vs. BigTen/Big 12 (in Ft. Worth, Tx.), Military Bowl vs. ACC (in Annapolis, Md.), and BBVA Compass Bowl vs. SEC (in Birmingham, Al.). In addition, the AAC opponent in the Beef 'O' Brady Bowl in St. Pete will rotate yearly between C-USA and ACC. In order of payouts, the order would be Military ($1 mil.), BBVA Compass($900,000), Armed Forces ($600,000), and Beef 'O' Brady ($537000).

The American hasn't announced its bowl line-up yet, but these four bowls look to be the top four bowls in the new line-up. There are also rumblings of a new bowl at Marlins Park.