Ok i know I'm a little behind on this but here we go. I think it's a win win for both Notre Dame and the ACC. Notre Dame will join the ACC in every sport except football and hockey. Today I'm just looking at the football aspect of this. Notre Dame gave away 5 games of there independence to gain better options for the post season. They will play 5 ACC teams a year, 2 away and 3 at home then 3 away and 2 at home and so on and so on. In exchange for that Notre Dame has access to all 7 of the ACC bowls if they do not make the playoff or the first teir of bowls. All Notre Dame has to do is win as many or with in one game of a team in the ACC to be taken ahead of them. And with the money Notre Dame brings the bowls will jump all over this. A few benfits of this is 1. its now easier to fill out there schedule's as its going to get tougher as confrence's are going to 9 game confrence schedule's. 2. They now can pitch to recruits in the south that within the time there at Notre Dame they will play a game close to home if not a couple.
Now on to the Orange Bowl. This deal is still being finalized at this time, but it is one of the top tier bowls that will also be used on a rotating basis for the playoff. In this deal the Orange Bowl will take the top ACC team that is not in the playoff and pit them agianst either Notre Dame, the best big ten team available or the best sec team available. Now Notre Dame did this to make sure they have a option to play in a top tier bowl which are the Orange Bowl(ACC champ vs ND,BG10 #2,SEC #2), The Rose Bowl (BG10 champ vs Pac12 champ) The champions bowl ( SEC#1 vs BIG12 #1) The fiesta bowl (YTD). Now those those 4 and maybe a couple more will rotate the 2 semi games in the playoff.
So with all this ND has now set it up that there options are this based on wins
(9-11) Orange Bowl
(6-9) All of the 7 bowls that associated with the ACC
So all and all sounds pretty good for good old Notre Dame