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Big Ten's Bowl Breakdown

An inside look at the Big Ten's bowl agreements

Here’s a look at the Big Ten’s bowl agreements for the upcoming football season:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF (Dec. 31, Jan. 1) — A selection committee determines the nation’s top four teams. If a Big Ten squad is picked, it will play in a semifinal bowl. This year, those bowls are the Rose and Sugar. In 2016, it’s the Orange and Cotton. In 2017, it’s the Fiesta and Peach.

PLAYOFF BOWLS (Dec. 31, Jan. 1) — This year’s Big Ten champion automatically qualifies for one of the above six bowls. If it does not appear in the playoff, it will compete in either the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach bowls against an undetermined opponent. Other Big Ten teams are eligible for those bowls as well as the Orange Bowl.

ROSE BOWL (Jan. 1, ESPN) — Competes against the Pac-12 at least eight times over the next 12 years. Only when the Rose Bowl hosts a semifinal will the Big Ten not automatically compete in the Rose Bowl. Those years are 2015, 2018, 2021 and 2024. A Big Ten team still can compete in the Rose Bowl in a semifinal year if picked by the selection committee.

ORANGE BOWL (Jan. 1, ESPN) — Competes against the ACC three times over the next 12 years. The Big Ten champion will not play in the game.

CAPITAL ONE BOWL (Jan. 1, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) — Competes against the SEC multiple times over the next six years. When the Big Ten sends a team to the Orange Bowl, the ACC will replace the Big Ten.

OUTBACK — (Jan. 1, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) Competes against the SEC the next six years.

HOLIDAY (Dec. 27, ESPN) — Competes against the Pac-12 the next six years.

FIGHT HUNGER (Dec. 30, ESPN) — Competes against the Pac-12 the next six years.

GATOR (Jan. 2, ESPN) — Competes against the SEC three times over the next six years. (Opposite the Music City Bowl)

MUSIC CITY (TBD, ESPN) — Competes against the SEC three times over the next six years. (Opposite the Gator Bowl)

PINSTRIPE (Dec. 27, ESPN) — Competes against the ACC for the next six years.

DETROIT (TBD, TBD) — Competes against the ACC for the next six years.

HEART OF DALLAS (Dec. 26, ESPN) — Competes against Conference USA three times over six years (2014, tentatively 2016, 2018)

ARMED FORCES (Jan. 2, ESPN) — Competes against the American Athletic Conference three times over six years (tentatively 2015, 2017, 2019)

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