The Blockbuster Bowl, riding a wave of national publicity after its successful first year, will be courting the Atlantic Coast Conference for a possible tie-in when the ACC holds its annual winter meetings next week in Fort Lauderdale.
The ACC has one year remaining on its four-year agreement with the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The Citrus Bowl, played Jan. 1, expects to pay out about $1.35 million per team. The Blockbuster Bowl, played Dec. 28 last year and expected to pay out about $1.3 million per team, is hoping to move from syndication to national television, possibly on New Year's Eve.
The ACC, long regarded as a top basketball conference, emerged as a strong football conference last season when Florida State joined the conference and its teams compiled a record of 3-1-1 in bowl games.
The ACC's Georgia Tech was voted the national champion by United Press International after it beat Nebraska, 45-21, in the Citrus Bowl.
Clemson finished 10-2 with a 30-0 victory over Illinois in the Hall of Fame Bowl, North Carolina State beat Southern Mississippi in the All-American Bowl and Maryland tied Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl. Only Virginia lost, by 23-22 in the Sugar Bowl.