One of the first gigantic differences UofL fans will notice from their current football situation when Louisville enters the ACC will be the bowl line-up. Based on reports, the ACC plans on securing 9-10 games for their 15 members as Notre Dame will figure into the bowl picture much like they did with the Big East. At least with the ACC, the Irish will be playing 5 games every year against teams from their new league. 2014 will be the first year of the new bowl match-ups as all the conferences are currently negotiating with their current and new bowl partners. The ACC will hold their summer meetings in a couple of weeks and the tie-ins should be finalized at that point (along with the other potential leagues ACC teams will be playing against). Until then, here’s how they are shaping up:
NOTE: All bowls and match-ups listed are based on reports and not in order of conference selection. Nothing is official as of yet.
If qualified for the new College Football Playoff, the ACC champ will play in a national semifinal that is on a rotational basis while the league runner-up would get the Orange Bowl slot. If the ACC champ doesn’t make the top four, they can still look forward to taking their talents to South Beach.
Opponent: SEC, Big Ten, or Notre Dame
College Football Playoff Combined Payout: $55 million
Current Combined Payout: $5.45 million
Opponent: Big 12
Current Combined Payout: $2.325 million
Current Combined Payout: $3.4 million
Current Combined Payout: $3.725 million
Current Combined Payout: $4 million
Opponent: Big Ten
Current Combined Payout: $3.6 million
Current Combined Payout: $2.3 million
Opponent: Army (if eligible)
Current Combined Payout: $2 million
-Another possibility includes the Capital One Bowl when a Big Ten school plays the ACC in the Orange Bowl.
-Speaking of the ACC, here’s a recent Q and A with Commissioner John Swofford.
John Swofford: I think the grant of rights enhances the possibility of our having an ACC channel.…I think there’s real promise there as we evaluate that. The grant of rights opens up some opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be there and the potential for a channel is one of those.