Along with their new look coming from the additions of the Syracuse Orange and the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has come to an agreement with seven bowls for the postseasons occurring from the culmination of the 2014 through the 2019 regular seasons.
The Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida, Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida,and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City, New York, comprise the six partnerships with the ACC.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford weighed in on the new partnerships, saying, "We are extremely pleased to announce relationships with this outstanding collection of future bowl partners."
"Each of these premiere bowls is recognized for its excellence, and they collectively combine to offer our 15-member league more flexibility, improved financials, marquee match-ups, and attractive destinations," he added.
The newly-instituted College Football Playoff between the nation's top four teams affects where the ACC's champion will play. If the ACC Champion is incorporated in the College Football Playoff, then they will not compete in the Discover Orange Bowl. If not included, they will advance to the Discover Orange Bowl. In the event that the Discover Orange Bowl is part of the College Football Playoff in Amy given postseason and an ACC team is not among the nation's top four, that team will participate in the Fiesta Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
After the College Football Playoff and Discover Orange Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl will have the next pick for an ACC guest. ACC teams are a combined 9-3 in this bowl.
Keeping with the Discover Orange Bowl, if they include a Big Ten Conference for, then the ACC will also participate in the Capital One Bowl for that postseason.
Once those decisions are all made, four more ACC teams will each have a home among the Hyundai Sun Bowl, the Belk Bowl, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and either the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl or the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
The Hyundai Sun Bowl will host its 80th match-up this coming postseason, keeping it second on the list of longest-standing bowl games, along with the Orange and Sugar Bowls.
The ACC's continued connection with the Belk Bowl will keep both parties together after partnering in 2002 when the Bell Bowl came into existence. Even before then, the ACC has worked with this particular bowl, which had been previously known as the Continental Tire Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Concerning the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, the ACC will have equal exposure in both, with a representative in each bowl three times within the six-year agreement. The ACC has been involved with the Music City Bowl since 2005 and was included in the Gator Bowl from 1995 to 2008.
As far as the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, this partnership will be the first for the ACC with this three-year-old bowl, although its new member Syracuse has already participated in it, and won, in two of its three years of existence.
The ACC contributed to this report.