The BCS eliminated automatic qualifiers with the creation of the new four-team playoff format, at least in name. On Tuesday, the ACC joined the SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, and Big Ten with a bowl agreement for their conference champion.
The ACC and Orange Bowl Committee announced a 12-year agreement sending the conference champion to the Orange Bowl, which will be held on New Years Day at 1:00 p.m. beginning after the 2014 season.
According to the official release, it is “anticipated” by the committee that the Orange Bowl will host at least four semifinal games in the new semifinal rotation beginning after 2014. In years the Orange Bowl is hosting a national semifinal, the ACC Champion would then play in “one of the three host bowls that will be established as per the direction of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee.”