ACC gets new deal with Orange Bowl
Bowl game moving to afternoon start
In a new 12-year agreement, the Atlantic Coast Conference will continue its relationship with the Orange Bowl.
Over that span, the Orange Bowl will host a national semifinal in at least four of those years, according to a press release. If an ACC champion does not qualify, then the school will be placed in one of the three other games that serve as part of the playoff rotation. When the ACC champion is in a playoff and the Orange Bowl is not hosting, another representative from the conference will be chosen.
Outside of the four-team playoff that is coming to college football after 2014, the major bowl system will still largely be in place.
Five of the six conferences that were part of the BCS have future contracts with specific bowl games under the new playoff system. The Pac-12 and Big Ten are still tied to the Rose Bowl and the Big 12 and SEC will play in a Champions Bowl that may rotate between the Sugar and Cotton bowls. The Big East was left off.
The ACC and Orange Bowl have had similar ties since 2006. The Orange Bowl will be played on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET. The game was previously played at night.