SEC Football: 2014 Liberty Bowl Date Change Will Increase Exposure

2014 Liberty Bowl Date Change Will Increase Exposure

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Dec 31, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Zach Jackson (14) celebrates after a play against the Rice Owls during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs beat Rice Owls 44 - 7. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY SportsThe Liberty Bowl has always been one of the more underrated bowls in college football, and now, perhaps more people will watch it due to a minor scheduling change.

The 2014 edition of the Liberty Bowl will be played on December 29 instead of the normal date of December 31, which should draw a bit of a larger audience than usual.

Of course, the change of dates isn't the only reason why this bowl will draw more attention than usual.

The game has usually pitted one of the lower SEC teams against a Conference USA team, which on the surface never seemed like a very intriguing matchup. Now, we'll see the SEC vs. the Big 12, and that will certainly draw more eyeballs to the normally under-the-radar game.

Another interesting facet behind the change of dates is that the last time this particular bowl was played on December 29, it drew the largest attendance in the game's history.

In 2007, nearly 64,000 people showed up to watch Mississippi State and Central Florida go at it in Memphis in a game that saw the Bulldogs walk out victorious.

What's also important for the date change is that the competition won't be as harsh either as currently the only other game on the bowl slate is the Texas Bowl that features another SEC/Big 12 matchup.

On December 31? The Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Orange Bowl.

So clearly the date change makes sense with that type of competition, especially considering that the Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl are much more prestigious games.

Perhaps that will allow the Liberty Bowl the exposure that it deserves now that it features a battle between two power conference programs.

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