The ACC is yet to officially announce its bowl line-up for 2014 and beyond. But it isn’t hard to see what it is going to look like:
- Discover Orange Bowl
- (Captial One Bowl (vs. SEC))
- Russell Athletic Bowl (vs. Big 12)
- Belk Bowl (vs. SEC)
- Gator / Music City Bowls (vs. SEC)
- Pinstripe Bowl (vs. B1G)
- Sun Bowl (vs. Pac-12)
- Military Bowl (vs. American)
- Unnamed Detroit Bowl (vs. B1G)
Explanation on some of these deals below.
The Capital One Bowl deal goes like this.
However, when a Big Ten team plays opposite the ACC in the Orange Bowl, the ACC would take the Big Ten’s slot in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, sources said. When that occurs, the Capital One Bowl would get the selection before the Russell Athletic Bowl.
I’m sure there are reasons for this. Just don’t exactly know why. It’s some sort of bonus bid year.
As for the Gator or Music Bowl situation. That is a split bowl. Three times at each bowl over a six-year period. The bid is being split with the Big Ten. Seems the Big Ten and ACC are getting real chummy.
The new Detroit Bowl that will be held at Ford Field will replace the Little Caesars Bowl. It would be an ACC-B1G match.
But wait, there could be more…
Other bowls that could be part of the ACC’s new bowl lineup include the Liberty, AdvoCare V100 and Beef ‘O Brady’s St. Petersburg, sources said. With 15 football members, the ACC could have as many as 11 bowl tie-ins beginning in 2014.
The ACC is expected to officially announce its new six-year bowl deals before the ACC’s Football Kickoff media days begin Sunday, industry sources said.
I’m going to assume the next stage of angst over the bowls will be over the bowls themselves as compared to other conferences rather than the quantity?