The ACC on Wednesday announced partnerships with five additional football bowl games which will be effective for the six years of postseason play following the 2014 through 2019 seasons.
The bowls are the:
The ACC will provide a team to the Beef ‘O'Brady's Bowl after the 2014 and 2016 seasons and will serve as the Bowl's first conditional choice in the other four years if either of its primary partners are not able to provide a team.
The Birmingham Bowl will be a second conditional bowl for the ACC, if it has an available team beyond the Beef ‘O'Brady's Bowl choice. The ACC is the first conditional choice of the Birmingham Bowl, should either of that bowl's primary partners not have an eligible team.
"It's very satisfying to finalize our future ACC bowl partnerships that collectively provide great flexibility, matchups and depth for our 15 member schools," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "We are pleased to continue our relationship with the Military and AdvoCare V100 Bowls while beginning new ones with the new bowl game in Detroit, hosted by the Detroit Lions; the Beef ‘O'Brady's bowl game and Birmingham."
The ACC will be extending its current partnership with the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, a game which has been played in Washington, D.C., from 2008 through 2012, but will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., this December. In its new agreement with the Military Bowl, which begins after the 2014 season, ACC teams will face teams from the American Athletic Conference.
The Conference will also be extending its current four-year relationship with the AdvoCare V100 Bowl game in Shreveport, La. The AdvoCare V100 Bowl, which will hold its 38th annual game this year, is the nation's 11th oldest bowl game and is played in Independence Stadium.
In all, the ACC, which will have 15 schools in its bowl mix, will have a minimum of nine guaranteed bowl berths in each of the six years after the 2014-19 seasons, with that number expanding to 10 in the 2014 and 2016 seasons.