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ACC’s bowl tie-ins improve beginning in 2020

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The ACC made some tweaks to its bowl lineup, and they’re good ones.

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The ACC announced Thursday that it has finalized a new six-year bowl lineup, which begins in 2020 and runs through 2025. The changes are not dramatic, but they are definitely for the better. Namely, you can say goodbye to those bowl games in Detroit and Shreveport.

Say hello to the Holiday Bowl (yay!) and a yet-to-be-named bowl game that will be played annually at Fenway Park. Trading Detroit and Shreveport for Boston and San Diego is a win, I’d say. Additionally, ACC teams will play in the Gator Bowl on an annual basis beginning in 2020, rather than on a rotational basis.

The 2020-2025 bowl lineup:

  • Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, Florida)
  • Belk Bowl (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Camping World Bowl (Orlando, Florida)
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas)
  • Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (Annapolis, Maryland)
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl (New York City)
  • Outback Bowl (Tampa, Florida) – if the ACC’s opponent in the Capital One Orange Bowl is from the Big Ten
  • San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl (San Diego, California)
  • TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Bowl game (Boston, Massachusetts) – managed by ESPN Events and Fenway Sports Management

Each season the ACC will also send one team to either the Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa), the Birmingham Bowl, or the First Responder Bowl (Dallas).