The sixth-annual Bahamas Bowl is set to kick off at noon Eastern time, with the Buffalo Bulls (7-5, 5-3 MAC) and Charlotte 49ers (7-5, 5-3 Conference USA) meeting up in Nassau to claim a program-defining bowl victory.
Neither the Bulls or the 49ers have ever won a postseason game in program history, with the Bulls moving up to FBS level in 1998, and the 49ers jumping up in 2015.
This game, normally on Christmas Eve, has been moved back to be the first game of the bowl season as part of the effort to celebrate college football’s 150th anniversary. If you’re trying to figure out where to find it, we’ve got you covered right here!
Television and streaming
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, with television coverage starting at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color) and Diana Russini (sideline) will provide the call for the game.
There are several ways to be able to watch the Bahamas Bowl, including:
- Cable/satellite: ESPN is available on most television packages; check your local listings or with your provider for more information.
- ESPN App: The game is available for streaming on the ESPN App, which is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple stores. A valid cable or satellite subscription is required for viewing.
- YouTube TV: YouTube TV has ESPN available in its default package. The service runs at $49.99/month, but new customers can get a free one-week trial.
- Sling TV: Sling offers ESPN channels as part of their Sling Orange package, offered for $25/month. If you purchase a subscription now, you can get the first month of service for 40 percent off.
- Hulu: Hulu offers a live TV package, featuring ESPN’s family of channels, which currently runs at $54.99/month. They’re currently offering a seven-day free trial, which can be redeemed on the site.
- AT&T Now: AT&T Now offers a streaming package featuring the ESPN family of channels for $65/month. More details can be found here.
The game will be available for a listening audience via each program’s affiliated radio stations. There will be no national broadcast.
- Buffalo-centric broadcast: The Buffalo broadcast can be found on ESPN 1520 AM, the Bulls’ flagship station, as well as 570 AM WMCA-FM (Mantattan) and 104.5 FM The Team (Albany) in the New York area. Paul Peck (play-by-play) and Ed O’Neill (color) are on the call. The online stream can be found here.
- Charlotte-centric broadcast: The Charlotte broadcast can be found on 730 AM The Game, the 49ers’ flagship station. Matt Sweirad (play-by-play), Kevin Donnalley (color) and Bobby Rosinski (sideline) will be on the call. The online stream can be found here.
- Where/when: Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas, at 1 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central.
- Weather: 77 degrees, with light rain and brisk winds, topping out at 25 MPH, per Weather.com. Chance of precipitation is 36 percent, with humidity at 75 percent.
- Last meeting: First meeting between both teams
- Last Buffalo bowl game appearance: 2018 Dollar General Bowl (L 32-42 to Troy)
- Last Buffalo bowl game win: 0-3 in bowl game appearances (2008, 2013, 2018)
- Charlotte is making their FBS bowl debut with their appearance
- Betting odds: Buffalo is a 6.5-point favorite, with an over/under of 51.5, per OddsShark.com.