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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Chick-fil-A Bowl named host in new playoff

By Heather Dinich

There's more good news for the ACC.

The BCS conference commissioners on Wednesday selected the Chick-fil-A Bowl, a longtime member of the ACC's bowl lineup, as one of an elite group of six bowl games to host the new College Football Playoff. The Chick-fil-A Bowl joins the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls as the hosts for the new playoff structure that will begin following the 2014 college football season.

First, it's changing its name to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

As one of the new “host bowls,” the Chick-fil-A Bowl will host a national semifinal game (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3) four times over the next 12 years. In the other eight years, the bowl will host top-ranked teams from around the country as assigned by a selection committee. All games will be played either on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1.

"I'm pleased that the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the city of Atlanta will be a part of the College Football Playoff," said ACC commissioner John Swofford. "The ACC has long enjoyed its partnership with the Chick-fil-A Bowl and they do a terrific job in providing a first-class experience. It's great to have this quality venue and organization within our league's footprint and we look forward to our continued relationship."

Now, as a part of the new College Football Playoff, the Chick-fil-A Bowl is slated to hold its first “host bowl” game of top-ranked teams on Dec. 31, 2014. The Chick-fil-A Bowl will host its first semifinal game following the 2016 season.

With Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the city is a great spot for many ACC alums. ACC officials are of course hoping the conference will have a team selected to play in the bowl as part of the College Football Playoff.