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SEC Football: SEC Does the ACC a Favor by Picking Up Independence Bowl Bid

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Chris Relf #14 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs rolls out under pressure from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons defense during play at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Mississippi State won 23-17.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterJune 5, 2012

The ACC adding another bowl bid seemed a foregone conclusion. The league has two more teams, and they need bowls to house all their six-plus game winners.

As CBS Sports reports, getting the Independence Bowl bid, since the Mountain West has moved on, is the next step for one of the nation's premier conferences.

This is not an event that is going to get the SEC fans riled up. The league's tenth best team will be going to Shreveport for a game that pits them against the ACC. While the SEC should not be leaping for the rafters, the ACC most certainly should be politely saying thank you for the flipping of the bids.

The leagues are already tied together through geography, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Music City Bowl; this new tie-in will be another marriage between the two conferences.

The Music City and Chick-fil-A games are matchups that the ACC absolutely enjoys. It gives the conference a sort of a measuring stick as the bowl-eligible teams square off in the postseason.

The 2010 Music City Bowl gave us North Carolina and Tennessee, two teams that decided not to play each other, in a ball game that not only was an epic contest but also changed the rulebook for college football.

With the new SEC partnership, the ACC will be able to get a few more matchups that are important to the region and attractive to the fans. Instead of Georgia Tech taking on Air Force, the Jackets will be headed to Shreveport to play Kentucky or Tennessee.

That's a win for the Atlantic Coast Conference from an exposure and attractive-game standpoint.

Ultimately the game is not going to be a major player on the nation landscape, but it will be a positive thing for the conference from a selling standpoint. The ACC's big issue will be filling out their bowl roster, and with UNC barred from postseason play and a decision coming on Miami getting a team eligible, filling the slot might be the biggest hurdle.

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