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Holiday Bowl To Feature Pac-12, ACC Teams Beginning In 2020

Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb, left, throws a pass under pressure from Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford, right, in the second half during the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game in San Diego, Dec. 30, 2013.
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Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb, left, throws a pass under pressure from Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford, right, in the second half during the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game in San Diego, Dec. 30, 2013.

Teams from the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast conferences will play in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl beginning in 2020, organizers announced Thursday.

The game's current six-year contracts with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences are set to run out after the 2019 college football season, leading to the change for next year's game. Teams from the Pac-12 and ACC will meet for at least six years in San Diego's annual bowl game. In past year's the game has also featured teams from the Western Athletic Conference and Big 12.

The game's new contract with the ACC was first reported earlier this year but had not been announced by the game officials.

"The SDDCU Holiday Bowl is known for high-scoring, exciting finishes," Holiday Bowl CEO Mark Neville said. "Pitting the Pac-12 up against the ACC, two of the highest-scoring conferences in the country, is going to feed perfectly into our reputation."

No team in the 15-school ACC has played in the Holiday Bowl while the Pac-12 has played in 21 consecutive Holiday Bowl games and 24 total. Notre Dame, a school with an independent football team, is also eligible for ACC bowl games if it does not qualify for the College Football Playoff.

"We are pleased to partner with the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl and look forward to the annual postseason match up with the Pac- 12," ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. "The Holiday Bowl provides an outstanding destination and national platform for our student-athletes, teams and fans and we look forward to this new relationship."

This year's Holiday Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 27 at San Diego's SDCCU Stadium. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at HolidayBowl.com.