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ACC adding Holiday Bowl tie-in beginning in 2020

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National Funding Holiday Bowl - Minnesota v Washington State Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

A new bowl cycle begins in 2020 and runs through 2025, which means a number of changes for the power conferences’ tie-ins, as Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Tuesday. The most notable development from the ACC’s standpoint is the addition of the Holiday Bowl, which will feature an ACC vs. Pac-12 matchup.

The Gator Bowl will feature an annual ACC-SEC matchup beginning in 2020; currently, the ACC rotates between the Gator and Music City Bowl. The Music City Bowl will be out of the rotation entirely when the new lineups are announced, becoming an annual Big Ten-SEC game.

The Belk Bowl will also offer some new looks for the ACC, as the Big Ten and SEC will rotate sending teams to that game. And the Outback Bowl will host an ACC time whenever there’s a Big Ten school in the Orange Bowl.

Overall the changes should breathe some life into the ACC’s bowl slate, especially with a west coast trip now in the cards. Part of the fun of bowl season is seeing matchups that you wouldn’t get otherwise.