Well, the ACC already had the Gator, Sun, Belk and Pinstripe Bowls to make it feel like former Big East teams had never really left. Now the ACC finished its tie-ins with five other bowls and it just keeps feeling like home.
The partnerships are in addition to what the Conference previously announced, and have the ACC providing a team in each of the six years to the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman; the AdvoCare V100 Bowl and a new bowl game in Detroit, Mich., hosted by the Detroit Lions Football Club of the National Football League.
Additionally, the ACC also reached partnership agreements with ESPN Regional Television’s Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla…
BEEF! I can live with St. Pete. Just the absurdity of the name makes it worth it. It’s okay. Just as long as —
…and the Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl games in those seasons when the games are scheduled to be played after Christmas.
We’re never going to escape them are we? Ever. Ever. Ever.
The ACC will provide a team to the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl after the 2014 and 2016 seasons and will serve as the Bowl’s first conditional choice in the other four years if either of its primary partners are not able to provide a team. The Birmingham Bowl will be a second conditional bowl for the ACC, if it has an available team beyond the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl choice. The ACC is the first conditional choice of the Birmingham Bowl, should either of that bowl’s primary partners not have an eligible team.
Basically, finish 6-6 and you get what you deserve.
It is fair to say that the ACC has a fairly diverse geographic line-up for the bowl tie-ins.
Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Louisiana, Texas and Maryland.
In all, the ACC, which will have 15 schools in its bowl mix, will have a minimum of nine guaranteed bowl berths in each of the six years after the 2014-19 seasons, with that number expanding to 10 in the 2014 and 2016 seasons. Additionally, the conference also has additional bowl berths when it sends more than one team to the College Football Playoff/New Year’s Six and/or plays a Big Ten team in the Discover Orange Bowl which triggers a berth for an ACC team in the Capital One Bowl.
Additional berths may be available after the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons in the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl and in all six years in the Birmingham Bowl. The Conference will send a team first to the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl, when that game has an opening, followed by sending a team to the Birmingham Bowl game.
Stop. Mentioning. Birmingham.