Orange Bowl Close To Trading Big East For Good Schools, Per Report

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Chief Osceola, mascot of the Florida State Seminoles plants a spear at midfield prior to a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

It looks like the Orange Bowl could once again be an attractive destination for fans and TV. According to Bretty McMurphy of ESPN, the Orange Bowl is close to finalizing a deal that would not extend ties with the lowly Big East (and its complete lack of ticket sales, travel, and support of its teams). Instead, there will be some higher-profile teams facing the ACC representative.

The ACC champion, or another team from the conference if its champion qualifies for the national semifinals, will play annually in the Orange Bowl. How the ACC's opponent will be selected from Notre Dame, the SEC or Big Ten is still being determined.

The ACC and Orange Bowl would have the opportunity to take Notre Dame, if it doesn't make the national semifinals; an SEC team not in the national semifinals or Champions Bowl; or a Big Ten team not in the semifinals or Rose Bowl.

Cool stuff.

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