- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Big Ten likely will add the Gator Bowl to its postseason lineup, giving the league an even stronger presence on Jan. 1, sources close to the negotiations told ESPN.com.
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.
With the Pac-10 likely replacing the Big Ten in the Alamo Bowl, the Big Ten intends to move up the Insight Bowl in its bowl selection order. The No. 4 or No. 5 Big Ten team would go to the Insight to face the No. 4 from the Big 12, sources said. The Gator and Insight bowl will alternate between the No. 4 and No. 5 selections.
The Insight Bowl, which currently selects the No. 6 teams from both the Big Ten and the Big 12, is expected to make a significant increase in its $1.2 million payout.
The Big Ten likely won't renew its agreement with the Champs Sports Bowl and is looking for a spot for its No. 6 team. The Texas Bowl is a good possibility, which could give the Big Ten a second matchup against the Big 12.
"Every bowl is going through these negotiations right now," Texas Bowl manager Heather Houston recently told ESPN.com. "We're all waiting to see how a couple things are going to fall. But when we're talking about a matchup for the Big 12, the Big Ten is at the top of our list."
Sources said the Big Ten will renew its contract with the Motor City Bowl, which selects the No. 7 team.
Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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