And just like that, the Big Ten will reportedly have THREE New Year's Day bowls:
The Gator Bowl and the Big Ten are close to an agreement that would pit the Big Ten's No. 4 or No. 5 team against most likely the No. 3 team from the ACC. The proposed four-year agreement, which would begin in 2010, would put the Big Ten in three early games on Jan. 1, which would lead into the Rose Bowl.
Sources said the Big Ten likely will continue its agreements with the Capital One and Outback bowls.
The number 4 or 5 team going to a New Year's Day bowl game? Wow - must be nice.
Let me be clear about this - while I believe that the Big East really needed to get out of that agreement because of the Notre Dame stipulation, I don't know if this really helps the conference. Where will they turn to now? I'm curious to see how this is going to unfold.