AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES BOWL LINEUP FOR CYCLE BEGINNING IN 2014 SEASON
Dec. 5, 2013
Providence, Rhode Island - Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the American Athletic Conference's bowl affiliations for a six-year cycle that spans the 2014 through 2019 football seasons.The University of Tulsa moves into The American for the 2014 campaign.
In addition to the College Football Playoff and Host Bowls, the American will have either a primary or secondary affiliation with 12 bowl games, with a minimum of six or seven selections each year. The American will work annually with its member schools and bowl partners to create the most sensible and attractive matchups during the new cycle.
Under the new postseason structure that will be in place for the 2014 season, American Athletic Conference teams would have the opportunity to participate in the four-team College Football Playoff if chosen by the CFP Selection Committee.
If the American champion finishes as the highest-ranked team among the champions of Conference USA, the Mountain West Conference, the Mid-American Conference and the Sun Belt Conference, but does not qualify for the College Football Playoff, then it would participate in one of the three Host Bowls that will comprise part of the CFP rotation - the Cotton Bowl, the Chick-fil-A Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl.
"We have emphasized that our primary objective with respect to our bowl lineup is to provide our schools with opportunities to face the best competition in destinations that are attractive to our student-athletes, coaches and fans," said Aresco. "I am pleased that we have accomplished that goal with this outstanding bowl lineup."
The BBVA Compass Bowl takes place at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., in one of the most passionate college football communities in the nation, evidenced by last year's record crowd of 55,099. The American/Big East has partnered with the bowl since its inception in the 2006 season. The American Athletic Conference will face an opponent from the Southeastern Conference during each year of the cycle. If the SEC is unable to send a team to the game, the Atlantic Coast Conference would provide a team to oppose The American representative.
The Beef `O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg is played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The American Athletic Conference will supply a team to the bowl during each year of the six-year cycle. The Atlantic Coast Conference will provide the opposing team in 2014, 2016 and 2018, while Conference USA will play in the game in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is played at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and has been played in front of crowds of 40,000 or more in four of the last six years. The American Athletic Conference will send a team to the bowl in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The opponent will be Army in 2014 and a Big 12 team in 2016 and 2018, with Conference USA as a secondary affiliation.
The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will be played on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium on the campus of the University of Hawaii. The bowl has featured crowds of at least 30,000 in each of the last six years. The American Athletic Conference will participate in the bowl in 2015, 2017 and 2019, where it will face an opponent from the Mountain West Conference, with Conference USA as a secondary affiliation.
The Miami Beach Bowl will be played for the first time in 2014 at state-of-the-art Marlins Park in Miami, which sits on the site of the historic Orange Bowl stadium. An American Athletic Conference team will play in the bowl each year, facing opponents from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference and the Sun Belt Conference two times each. Institutions from other conferences also will have the opportunity to participate.
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman will take place at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., while the events and activities surrounding the game will be based in Washington, D.C. The American Athletic Conference will face an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference in all six years of the coming cycle.
The Boca Raton Bowl will be a pre-Christmas game that will feature an American Athletic Conference team three times during the six-year cycle at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. The American representative will face a team from the Mid-American Conference in in 2015 and 2019 and a Conference USA opponent in 2016 and 2017.
The Bahamas Bowl will be played in at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. The American Athletic Conference will face the Mid-American Conference in 2014 and 2016 and Conference USA in 2018.
The R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and has drawn more than 40,000 spectators in each of the last two years. The American Athletic Conference has agreed to play in the bowl in 2018, against a Sun Belt Conference opponent, and in 2019, against a Conference USA opponent.
In addition to the conference's primary bowl affiliations, The American holds secondary partnerships with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.
American Athletic Conference Bowl Lineup - 2014-19
About The American Athletic Conference
The American Athletic Conference (The American), which operated as the Big East Conference from 1979 to 2013, is a proud member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and located in Providence, Rhode Island. The American Athletic Conference comprises the following 10 member institutions: the University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Houston, University of Louisville, University of Memphis, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, University of South Florida, and Temple University. In 2014-15, East Carolina University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa become full members. The U.S. Naval Academy joins in football only in 2015. The American Athletic Conference is a member of the Bowl Championship Series. For more information on the Conference and its membership, please visit www.TheAmerican.org.
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