Orange Bowl Details Still Being Finalized
As reported last week, the Orange Bowl is looking to set itself up with an ACC team on one side and Notre Dame/SEC/Big 10 on the other. ESPN is now reporting that a deal is close–details are being discussed as to how to make the determination of opponent. This is important to the ACC, which owns the TV rights to the game. Locking up the valuable ND/SEC/B1g trio will be huge for marketing purposes.
The interesting thing is that Notre Dame’s arrangement means that they could be on either side of the game. If, for example, Florida State is a playoff team, the Orange Bowl could select the ACC runner-up–say a 10-3 Virginia Tech team to play a 10-2 Notre Dame team. Or, if Virginia Tech played the Orange Bowl the year before, perhaps it would select 10-2 Notre Dame to be the ACC team and have the Irish play a team like Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, etc. The flexibility of the Orange Bowl will give it additional marketability. To be sure, Virginia Tech getting bumped in that example will be controversial. But the financial rewards for the conference as a whole will be significant.
What is clear is that the Orange Bowl will NOT be an ACC vs. Big East game. And, for that, the Confidential is pleased.