Orange Bowl deal helps spur playoff rotation tweak

From Associated Press

A pending deal to restrict access to the Orange Bowl is one of the key reasons conference commissioners are leaning toward adding another game to the new college football postseason system.

Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson told The Associated Press on Friday there is support among his fellow commissioners for adding a seventh game to the playoff rotation, but it's not a done deal.

The Orange Bowl is working on an agreement that would match Notre Dame or a Big Ten or Southeastern Conference team against an Atlantic Coast Conference team during seasons the game does not host a national semifinal.

That deal was first reported by, but has not been finalized.

The ACC signed a 12-year agreement with the Orange Bowl this year that starts in 2014.