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Russell Athletic Bowl to reportedly get ACC’s top team after Orange Bowl

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Details of College Football Playoff are set — mostly — but other non-playoff bowl arrangements are still being sorted through.

Not immune to change is the ACC, which ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports will turn to the Russell Athletic Bowl to select its next top team after the Orange Bowl. Provided that report comes to fruition — an announcement is expected to be made in the coming weeks — it would mix up the conference’s current bowl pecking order. In 2013, the final year for several of the ACC’s bowl contracts, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will have the second choice of ACC teams followed by the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl will serve as one of the six rotating semifinal sites in CFP.

McMurphy reports that, as of two weeks ago, it appeared the Gator, Belk and Music City bowls would share the ACC’s next pick after the Orange Bowl. However, the Russell Athletic Bowl has apparently made a push in the ACC’s bowl pecking order. If the Russell Athletic Bowl does get the second pick of an ACC team, it would end an exclusive deal the ACC had with the Gator and Music City bowls. As a result, those two bowls would each get an ACC and Big Ten school three times over a six-year agreement.

ESPN also reported previously that in years when the Big Ten plays the ACC in the Orange Bowl, the ACC would receive the Big Ten’s slot in the Capital One Bowl against the SEC.

The ACC is also expected to pick up a tie-in with the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.

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7 Responses to “Russell Athletic Bowl to reportedly get ACC’s top team after Orange Bowl”
  1. bertenheim says: May 13, 2013 9:02 PM

    The ACC has ties to the Sun and Independence bowls, and both have been around a lot longer than the Russell Athletic or ESPN.

  2. logisticalvoices says: May 13, 2013 9:27 PM

    Sure Burt, but neither of those are held in Orlando, which is a top destination for folks to go at that time of year. The weather, Disney, and other attractions all part of why Orlando would get the nod.

  3. drummerhoff says: May 13, 2013 10:45 PM

    Wow. The ACC’s bowl lineup looks like the old Big East lineup.
    I can’t believe the #2 team is playing the day after Christmas. That’s embarrassing for the ACC.

  4. thefiesty1 says: May 13, 2013 11:14 PM

    This is really getting confusing. Does anyone really care which stupid bowl the ACC (former little east) team gets a $500M payday?

  5. Ben Kercheval says: May 13, 2013 11:27 PM

    Does anyone really care which stupid bowl the ACC (former little east) team gets a $500M payday?



  6. gmsalpha says: May 14, 2013 8:58 AM

    If nothing else, it seems like things have been simplified. Who has ever heard of wanting to play in Tennessee around the holidays, especially when the alternative is Orlando? Who by the way, are about to begin a major stadium upgrade, which was probably a key factor in the decision.

  7. bertenheim says: May 14, 2013 2:02 PM

    If the “destination” is key, why does ESPN avoid panning the crowd to hide the half-empty stadiums at bowls?

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