Alas, after 2013 we won’t have a BBVA Compass Bowl to kick around anymore. Like the Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl before it, the BBVA Compass Bowl is on deck for a name change.
This year’s game will mark the fourth and final time BBVA Compass has sponsored the Birmingham-based bowl. The company wants to move its sponsorship dollars towards efforts that are more “flexible” than an ESPN-owned postseason football game.
We mention all of this because, for now, the bowl is an SEC partner. The league will re-work all of its bowl agreements moving forward and with a desire to get into Texas, there’s a chance the league will begin sending one of its lower-ranking teams to a bowl in the Lone Star State rather than to Birmingham.
Ole Miss represented the SEC and defeated Pittsburgh in last season’s BBVA Compass Bowl. But according to an NCAA survey given to Mississippi representatives — parts of which were published by The Jackson Clarion-Ledger — the school wasn’t thrilled with its experience. Ole Miss fans helped drive a record-breaking crowd of 54,000-plus to the game, but according to UM officials the bowl and the city of Birmingham were “not prepared for the large crowd.”