League will play in Champs Sports, Insight bowls

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten is changing its bowl game lineup.

The conference has reached a four-year deal that added the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., and the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., to the list of Big Ten bowl partners, starting in 2006.

After this season, the Big Ten will drop the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, and the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.
The Big Ten also extended its agreement with the Alamo, Outback and Capital One bowls for four more years. It already had signed an eight-year extension with the Rose Bowl through 2013.

"With a heavy concentration of Big Ten alumni in the states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, this bowl lineup is a natural fit for the conference and should provide some great matchups on the field," Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Tuesday.

The Champs Sports Bowl, which will be in the final week of December, will have the fourth choice of Big Ten schools for two years and the fifth choice the other two years. It also will rotate with the Alamo Bowl. The Big Ten's opponent for the Champs Sports Bowl has not yet been determined.

The Insight Bowl will pit the Big Ten against the Big 12. The Big Ten currently has six tie-ins outside the Rose Bowl and league officials are considering whether to sign up with a seventh bowl, as it has in some years.