The Detroit Lions and Big Ten reach an agreement to create a new bowl game
The Detroit Lions and the Big Ten have reached an agreement to create a new bowl game to be hosted at Ford Field.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Big Ten and the Lions reached the 6-year agreement on July 17 and that the opponent could be a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The newly created bowl game would begin in the 2014 season alongside the new playoff system.
Many are also speculating the newly created bowl could be replacing the Little Caesars Bowl that began in 2002 and is annually played at Ford Field in Detroit. This could be the case as the college football landscape has been shifting the announcement of the new playoff system.
In a statement posted on the Big Ten athletic website, the Lions president Tom Lewand expressed his excitement for the new bowl game, saying, “We are thrilled to be hosting a new bowl game in Detroit that will be anchored by an annual commitment from the Big Ten.”
This new bowl game will mark the third this summer for the Big Ten, including the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the Holiday Bowl. Expect more of these deals and agreements to surface as we edge closer to the unveiling of the new post-season format.