ACC, Orange Bowl Reportedly Close To Finalizing Deal

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04: A detail of the Orange bowl trophy is seen after the West Virginia Mountaineers won 70-33 against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The ACC and Orange Bowl are close to agreeing on a deal that would pit the conference against the winner of the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame starting in 2014.

The ACC and Orange Bowl are close to finalizing a deal to have the conference champion playing in the game against either Notre Dame, the SEC champ or the Big Ten winner beginning in 2014, according to ESPN.com.

The current system has the ACC's representative playing against the Big East champion. However, the change would come at the same time that the playoff system is being implemented.

Under the new system, the ACC champion would play in the Orange Bowl unless it qualified for the national semifinals. In that case, the runner-up would be heading to Miami.

The other bowls still look the same, with the winner of the Pac-12 playing the champion of the Big Ten in Pasadena, California. In the newly minted Champions Bowl (which will start play in 2014 at a location still to be determined), the SEC representative will take on the Big 12 winner.

For more on the ACC and Orange Bowl, please be sure to check out our College Football Hub and SB Nation Atlanta for all the latest news and updates.

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