The Big Ten Conference has extended its agreements with the Capital One Bowl and the Outback Bowl through the 2019 season, officials announced Friday.
Under the Capital One Bowl agreement, the bowl game will choose one Big Ten team after the conference's Rose Bowl and any possible College Football Playoff participants, when the new system is in place for the 2014-15 season, are selected.
“We are excited to announce an extension with the Capital One Bowl, ensuring that Big Ten teams will continue to enjoy the great city of Orlando,” Big Ten Commission Jim Delany said in a press release.
“Over the years, the people of Orlando have welcomed Big Ten fans with open arms, whether travelling from across the country or among the many alumni in Central Florida. The return of the Capital One Bowl adds to a national bowl lineup and will give conference student-athletes another invaluable postseason opportunity.”
The bowl will stay in its 1 p.m. New Year's Day slot on ABC.
The Capital One Bowl first paired up with the Big Ten — as well as the Southeastern Conference — for the 1992-93 season, making it the conference's second-longest bowl agreement behind the Rose Bowl.
The Outback Bowl, also now set as a Big Ten bowl through the 2019 season, has hosted a team from the conference since the 1993-94 season. The SEC has provided the Big Ten team's opponent since 1996.
“After celebrating a 20th straight appearance in the city of Tampa last New Year's Day, we are happy to announce that Big Ten teams will continue to take part in the Outback Bowl through the 2019 season,” Delany said in a separate press release.
“Since the Big Ten made its first appearance at the bowl in 1988, nine different conference schools have had the opportunity to take the field in Tampa, and this bowl will continue to be a wonderful and rewarding postseason destination for student-athletes and fans. With a premier NFL facility in Raymond James Stadium and a large alumni base in the state of Florida, we think the Outback Bowl is another terrific addition to a national schedule of bowl competition.”
Nebraska has appeared in the previous two Capital One Bowls, a 30-13 loss to South Carolina in following the 2011 season and a 45-31 loss to Georgia last season. The Huskers also went to the Capital One Bowl following the 1990 season, suffering a 45-21 loss to Georgia Tech.
NU has never played in the Outback Bowl. South Carolina defeated Michigan 33-28 in last season's matchup.