The conferences made the announcement Tuesday. The game will still be called the Sugar Bowl and will be played in the Superdome. The agreement between the leagues and the bowl is for 12 years.
The new college football playoff begins after the 2014 season and the first Sugar Bowl in the new format will be played Jan. 1, 2015.
The SEC has a long history with the Sugar Bowl. Seventy-one times an SEC team has played in the game, far more than any other league.
GEORGIA: Some backup wide receivers are expected to have more prominent roles as the Bulldogs try to play their way into the SEC championship game.
One month after losing leading receiver Michael Bennett for the season with an injured right knee, No. 5 Georgia is adjusting to the loss of Marlon Brown as it prepares to play at Auburn on Saturday night. Brown, who shares the team lead in receptions with Tavarres King, tore his ACL in last week’s 37-10 win over Mississippi.
King and Malcolm Mitchell are left as the leaders of the depleted unit.
Rantavious Wooten, Chris Conley and Rhett McGowan could play bigger roles against Auburn.
AUBURN: Philip Lutzenkirchen faced the tough choice of shutting down his Auburn career or risking far bigger problems down the line.
The Tigers tight end chose to have season-ending hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and remove three bone spurs two weeks ago, ending a frustrating final year when he couldn’t hold his blocks as long as he used to and felt slower in running routes.
This is an especially tough week for Lutzenkirchen, who was one of the Tigers’ most accomplished tight ends.
The Marietta, Ga., native will have to watch from the sidelines when Auburn takes on Georgia Saturday night.
“Those are my rivals, my buddies over there playing for Georgia and it’s going to be tough being on the sidelines for that one,” Lutzenkirchen said.
KENTUCKY: Joker Phillips regrets he won’t see firsthand what his young squad will look like next season.
The outgoing Wildcats coach spoke Tuesday for the first time since Kentucky fired him. He said he had stressed to his staff the need for the team to show improvement and get to ‘13, “because I thought ‘13 would be the year we have an opportunity to make a huge move.”
It didn’t happen. He was fired Sunday effective at the end of season.
But after Phillips initially resisted the option to coach the last two games after this week’s bye, players urged him to finish out the season and get a glimpse of what might have been in 2013.