Updated Fri, Oct 11, 2013 8:16 pm
The Mid-American Conference announced the creation of a new ESPN-owned bowl game to be played in Boca Raton, Fla., beginning next season.
The new Boca Raton Bowl will be played at FAU Stadium. It features a partnership between Conference-USA and the American Athletic Conference. However, the Christmas Eve bowl game also includes the MAC with a six-year deal running 2014-2019.
In the inaugral 2014 matchup, the a MAC team will play a C-USA opponent, and an AAC opponent the following year. After the 2015 bowl game another conference will take the MAC’s place for two years, then the MAC will rotate back into the bowl game for the 2018 and 2019 installments.
The addition of the Boca Raton Bowl now gives the MAC four confirmed bowl tie-ins for the 2014 season, along with the GoDaddy, Famous Idaho Potato, and Camellia bowl games.
Within the next few weeks, the MAC is expected to add a fifth bowl game, as the status of the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl remains uncertain – Detroit’s Ford Field intends on adding a new bowl to feature the Big Ten and AAC.
After a win in Akron Saturday, Oct. 5, Ohio needs two more wins to become bowl eligible for the fourth-straight season. Last year the ‘Cats won their second-straight bowl game, taking down Louisiana-Monroe, 45-14, in the Independence Bowl.
Ohio takes on Central Michigan this weekend for its homecoming game.