Another bowl game could be created in the coming years to feature a seventh team from the ACC, which has grown in football stature with the additions of Virginia Tech and Miami.
Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl president, said he will begin discussions with his board next week about staging a second Atlanta-based bowl game that would be tied to an ACC team. Currently, the Atlanta-based Peach Bowl is one of six games slotted to take ACC teams each year. The NCAA would need to certify another bowl game, Stokan said, and it likely wouldn't be staged until 2006, if approved.
The process to stage an additional bowl game will begin in earnest if and when Jacksonville is awarded the ACC title game. Jacksonville, one of seven cities to bid for the December 2005 game, is viewed as the clear favorite.
The Bowl Championship Series has the first choice among ACC teams, followed by the Gator Bowl and the Peach Bowl. Stokan said he has been in contact with the Gator Bowl and the conference office about possibly switching the slots of the Peach and Gator.
That would make sense if Jacksonville is awarded the title game because, by switching, the conference would avoid the chance of a team that loses the Jacksonville title game playing its bowl game in the same city.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford wants a long-term site for the championship game, "a city that will truly wrap its arms around the game," he said. The league can't stage a title game until its 12th member, Boston College, joins in fall 2005.
-- Eric Prisbell