The current bowl cycle was set to expire at the end of the 2013 season and the new agreement coincides with the debut of the new four-team College Football Playoff in 2014. It is set to run through 2019.
The new deal pairs the second selection from the Big 12 with the first-section from the Atlantic Coast Conference including Notre Dame.
The selection for both leagues will depend on whether a team is selected to play in the two semifinal games. On year's it's not hosting the playoff, the Sugar Bowl will feature a matchup between the champions of both the SEC and Big 12. The Orange Bowl will feature the champion of the ACC/Notre Dame and a possible selection from the SEC and Big Ten.
Previously, the game featured a match-up between teams from the ACC and the American, formerly known as the Big East.
“Our partnership with the Russell Athletic Bowl provides our members with a very desirous Florida postseason destination,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a news release. “There is great anticipation amongst all our constituent groups to access Orlando, and all its world-class attractions. The opportunity to face a quality ACC opponent is sure to position the game extremely well in the marketplace.”
The announcement of the new deal means that the Russell Athletic and Capital One bowls will feature teams from four of the five power conferences.
Russell Athletic and Florida Citrus Sports also announced a continuation of their bowl partnership through 2017. It was a partnership which began in 2012 and debuted last season in the inaugural Russell Athletic Bowl.
This year’s Russell Athletic Bowl is set to kick off on Dec. 28 at 6:45 p.m.
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