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ACC, Orange Bowl agree to 12-year deal

Georgia Tech football players are greeted by Orange

Georgia Tech football players are greeted by Orange Bowl committee members as they arrive in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday to play Iowa in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 5. Millions of fans won't miss the game on television because of a short-term deal between Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Mediacom Communications Corp., which are in contract negotiations. Credit: AP

The quickly changing landscape of college football, which will include a four-team playoff in 2014, continues to take shape.

The ACC and Orange Bowl announced a 12-year deal on Tuesday that will lock the ACC's champion into the game. The press release also noted that the game will be played on New Year's Day at 1 p.m. after the 2014 season. That's a big change since the Orange Bowl has been a night game for some time and the date has changed from year to year under the current BCS structure.

The Orange Bowl will be part of the future college football playoff established by the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee. The ACC's press release also said that it is anticipated that the Orange Bowl will host at least four semifinals in the new playoff.

According to the press release, when the Orange Bowl is designated as a semifinal game, the ACC champion will play in another bowl. If the ACC champion qualifies for the semifinals, a replacement team from the ACC will be selected for the Orange Bowl.

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