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MAC Announces Tie-In With New Miami Beach Bowl

Bowl season keeps on growing for the MAC with the addition of a game to be played in Marlins Park.

No word yet on whether the fish will fly for touchdowns.
No word yet on whether the fish will fly for touchdowns.
Mike Ehrmann

A few months full of new bowl tie-ins for the MAC kept on rolling today as the conference announced its participation in the newly created Miami Beach Bowl, which will be played in Marlins Park starting in 2014. Together with the previously announced Boca Raton Bowl and Bahamas Bowl, the Miami Beach Bowl will be part of a three-bowl rotation involving the MAC, Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, and a conference yet to be named. The MAC's turn in the Miami Beach Bowl comes in 2016, followed by another game in 2018. So, starting in the 2014 season, the MAC will have four out of six years with a minimum of five guaranteed bowl games, with efforts underway to find a fifth guaranteed spot for 2017 and 2019. According to the conference office, the bowl schedule shapes up like this:

2014 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. Conference USA)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. American Athletic)

2015 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. American Athletic)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. Conference USA)

2016 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. American Athletic)
Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, Fla.; vs. American Athletic)

2017 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. Sun Belt)
Bowl Game - TBA

2018 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. Conference USA)
Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, Fla.; vs. American Athletic)

2019 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. American Athletic)
Bowl Game - TBA

With the future of the Pizza Bowl still very much up in the air, the new tie-ins announced during the offseason and so far this fall bring much-needed stability to the MAC bowl picture.