Reports: Orange Bowl Deal Finalized
CBS Sportsline is reporting that the Orange Bowl deal has been finalized. According to the report: “The ACC champion will play the highest-ranked team among Notre Dame and available teams from the SEC and Big Ten beginning after the 2014 season. As the article notes, this deal secures the ACC within the five power conferences that will be dividing most of the college football money.
Left unsaid, of course, is how it will be determined that an SEC or Big Ten team is “available.” Nevertheless, even the 3rd or 4th best team in these two conferences will present an outstanding gate/matchup for the Orange Bowl. Georgia-Virginia Tech anyone? Clemson-Nebraska? Florida State-Michigan? LSU-Miami? Notre Dame-Wisconsin? Yeah, the ACC and the Orange Bowl will be fine.
The report also notes at length the way the playoff structure will work in just a few years. There will be ample tie-ins for the 5 major conferences, and then six more slots reserved for all teams. If it is 6 SEC teams in the top 12, so be it. If it is 3 teams from the Big East, so be it. Everyone will have the same access and it will be filled based on merit. Or, at the very least, the merit as determined by human beings.