Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The five smaller FBS conferences will have a chance to see action in their own bowls with the creation of new games in the Bahamas, Boca Raton and Miami in 2014.
Sources said the five conferences — American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt — will provide the teams as part of a coalition.
The bowls and five conferences will work together to determine which teams will play in the bowls each year, sources added.
“The non-power leagues were denied opportunities in other bowls, so they had to create opportunities for their teams,” a source said. “The new bowls are a result of existing bowls not entertaining opportunities for those five non-power conferences.”
In August, the MAC and Sun Belt announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama in 2014.
The Miami Bowl, created by the American Athletic Conference, is expected to be held at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins. The American Athletic will be the “anchor” conference, and its opponent would come from the other four non-power leagues.
The Bahamas Bowl will be held at Thomas Robinson Stadium and would be the first postseason bowl played outside the United States since the International Bowl in Toronto (2007-10).
A news conference will be held Oct. 14 to officially announce the Bahamas Bowl. All five non-power leagues will rotate in the game.
The Boca Raton Bowl will feature teams from Conference USA, MAC and the American Athletic. The game will be held at FAU Stadium on the Florida Atlantic campus. FAU is a C-USA member.
Besides the new bowls in the Bahamas, Boca Raton, Miami and Montgomery, another new game will be played in Detroit between the Big Ten and ACC in 2014. It will replace the Little Caesars Bowl, also held in Detroit.