(WXYZ) - A higher-profile college football bowl game is very close to coming to Ford Field.
The Detroit Lions are in talks with the ACC and the Big Ten to bring a team from each conference to Detroit for a new bowl game, WXYZ has learned.
A deal has not been struck yet, but sources close to the situation say the negotiations have been part of an ongoing venture to bring a bigger game to Detroit.
Those talks have been going on for years, and are aiming to replace the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field.
Detroit has played host to a bowl game since 2002, when the Motor City Bowl moved from the Pontiac Silverdome to Ford Field. The game was renamed the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2009.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter