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Gator Bowl to pair Big Ten with SEC, not ACC

10/12/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Thanks to several of you for pointing out that the new Gator Bowl agreement will pair the Big Ten with an opponent from the SEC, not the ACC, as I reported earlier.

When negotiations heated up during the summer, it looked like a Big Ten-ACC matchup in the Jacksonville game, but the Gator Bowl last week announced an agreement with the SEC and the Big Ten.

My mistake on that one. I blame Big Ten tunnel vision.

This will give the Big Ten three Jan. 1 bowl matchups against the SEC leading up to the Rose Bowl. Though the league's reputation will be determined by its results in BCS games, the Big Ten can earn some bragging rights against the SEC with wins in the Florida bowls.

The Big Ten will make its official bowl announcement Tuesday.