The highest rated champion of the Group of Five conferences (American Athletic Conference, MAC, Mountain West, Conference-USA and Sun Belt) will be selected to play in one of the Selection Committee Bowl Games.Blind dates are tough, especially in Alabama during Iron Bowl week.
The game was played between the Eastern Division champion, Gators, and Western Division champion Alabama.
The SEC is regarded as one of the most accomplished sports conferences in terms of its winning reputation, with 37 national football championships, 21 basketball championships, 41 indoor track championships, 42 outdoor track championships, 24 swimming championships, and 20 gymnastics championships.
The conference is also highly successful financially, as it consistently leads most others in revenue distribution to its members, including an SEC record 5.8 million for the 2014–15 fiscal year, largely due to the revenue from the introduction of the SEC Network.
The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.
The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.
The Eastern Division team was the designated home team, and the game was broadcast nationally by CBS for the 16th consecutive year.