Orange Bowl to possibly include Big Ten team

Andrew Krammer

Similar to how the Rose Bowl pits the top Pac-12 and Big Ten teams against each other in the college football postseason, the Big Ten could have a place set in the Orange Bowl after 2014, ESPN.com reported.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Orange Bowl are working out the kinks on a deal that could pit the ACC champion against either Notre Dame, an SEC team or a Big Ten team in the Orange Bowl starting after the 2014 regular season.

How the ACC will determine which of the three will compete is yet to be decided.

The Orange Bowl traditionally pits the ACC champion against any highly ranked BCS team; however, the bowl has only featured a Big Ten team six times in its 78-year history.

To qualify under this agreement, a Big Ten team — one that isn’t in the four-team playoff or the Rose Bowl –- would need to have a better record than Notre Dame or an SEC program.  

Notre Dame announced last week its move from the Big East to the ACC in all sports except for football and hockey, but the Irish still have to play five ACC opponents a year in football as part of the deal.

The Big Ten hasn’t been very successful in bowl games recently. Since Ohio State won the most recent national title in 2002 for the conference, the Big Ten has gone 26-42 in all bowl games – which is worse than any of the six BCS automatic-qualifying conferences. 

The Gophers are 3-0 for the first time since 2009 and are three wins away from being eligible for their first bowl game in three years. The team hasn't won a bowl game since 2004.