Big 12 to be primary tie-in for Independence Bowl in 2023 and 2025

By Kevin Kelley -

The Big 12 Conference will be the primary tie-in for the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl in 2023 and 2025, the bowl announced on Wednesday.

The Big 12 replaces the BYU Cougars, who were originally contracted to appear in the Independence Bowl in both of those seasons. BYU, formerly a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Independent, begins play in the Big 12 Conference this fall.

The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl matchup will now feature a team from the Big 12 taking on a Pac-12 Conference opponent in 2023 and a Conference USA opponent in 2025. The 2024 Independence Bowl matchup, which remains unchanged, will feature the Army Black Knights, if eligible, against a team from the Pac-12.

“We are very excited to get the Big 12 Conference in our lineup for 2023 and 2025,” said Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Executive Director Missy Setters. “The Big 12 was a staple in our game for a long time, and our footprints match tremendously. They are a conference of great teams, rich tradition and passionate fan bases, so we could not be happier to feature them once again.”

Below is a look at how the Independence Bowl matchups look for the 2023 through 2025 season:

  • 2023 – Big 12 vs. Pac-12
  • 2024 – Army vs. Pac-12
  • 2025 – Big 12 vs. C-USA

The 2023 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will feature a matchup of two Power Five teams for the first time since 2016 when the NC State Wolfpack defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores, 41-17.

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Comments (7)

Amy Daughters,

Is the dependence Bowl inviting the Number 7 B12 vs. the Number 7 PAC12 for a forgettable exhibition of the lower half of both Conferences?

I’m Not counting a 63 scholarship regular Season Game which does count toward mediocre exhibition Eligibility.

Two 5-6 Trust Five Unis. (5-6 in Bowl Division Play – 1A ) who have no business playing a Match after Thanksgiving Weekend is past?

Once the playoff goes to 12, Shreveport might find it challenging to continue finding suckers…, erm, sponsors to fund this bowl. It’ll become quite the Shreveport…. steamer? 💩
But they’ll never top Poulan Weed Eater Independence Bowl! 🌿

That’s right!

Poulan weed Eaters.

I hope the Brand is doing well.

Bowls were invented when there was no Playoff, Fake = 🏈 Bowl Division – 1A.
IMO, the bowls are as obsolete as: Eastman Kodak film Cameras, rotary Phones, passenger train Travel, trans ocean passenger Ships, Record Players. All of these were in popular use when exhibition bowls were in their hey day.

The NCAA Tournament grew from what it was in the ?1930s 1940s to the most watched, profitable Playoffs from the ? 1960s, ?1970s, ?1980s onward.

They earned it. The 24 best 🏈 Championship Division 1 Programs’ Playoffs are exciting & compelling to watch.
Even though “my Team” plays in Division 1A.
The 24 Team Tournament has become “my Tournament” the way the NCAA’s are “my Tournament”.

The bowl system appears to be somewhat contrived, however, it is still part of an independently run FBS post-season, which, starting next year, will generate over $2 billion. The currently conducted NCAA 24-best team FCS playoffs, just about allows the NCAA to break even from the event. (Incidentally, the NCAA “harvest taxes” the participants of this playoff is what generates whatever, if any, profit the organization reaps.) Constantly condemning a process that generates billions of dollars while at the same time touting an unremunerative concoctive narrative as “exciting & compelling” watching, seems a little disingenuous on your part.

Dan-ke, Spencer Coldburn,

I would 100 % agree that ‘harvest taxes’ don’t fund the merit based 24 Program playoff System smartly. Dan-ke for your playoff funding Information, I didn’t know this particular playoff was operated this Way.

I would agree, the current NCAA Way to fund 1 AA = suppressive.

Your Point shows an NCAA special interests foundation & administration Problem, I agree with You there.
Hence, my examples of obsolete technology, fan travel, entertainment travel, home entertainment. The Bowls are suppressive of way more social, financial, entertainment profit & capital Gains than 2 Billion $.
Back to my Point, the same NCAA operates the “NCAAs” to the tremendous social & financial advantage of many more Teams than 24, or the BCS, LLC 2, CFP Administration, LLC 4, & future 12.

The Bowl Payoff Division = as obsolete as VHS, cassette tapes, records of the Playoffs are to widespread digital linear, streaming TV, Internet Programming replacing it 20 Years ago through 2023.

NCAA mismanagement of the 1AA Championship Division Playoffs is it’s own Story, not reason to downgrade the entertainment & precedent Values a 24 Team earned postseason Playoff gives 🏈 Fans.

Kevin, The Big 12 Conference team will play against the Pac-12 Conference team in this year’s Independence Bowl on December 16th on ESPN at 9:15 p.m. eastern time!