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Report: BYU will play in inaugural Miami Beach Bowl

Sam Cooper
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Sep 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; A general view of Marlins Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl won’t be played for another eight months, but an invitation to the game has reportedly already been accepted. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that BYU has agreed to play in the game against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference.

When first announced, the game – which will be played “the week before Christmas” at Marlins Park -- was supposed to be a matchup between a Conference USA team and an AAC team. Things changed when the AAC reportedly gave up its spot in the inaugural Bahamas Bowl (which Conference USA purchased) to a Conference USA team and Conference USA subsequently “allowed BYU to take its spot in the Miami Beach Bowl.”

BYU has played in nine consecutive bowl games with head coach Bronco Mendenhall at the helm. As an independent, the school arranges agreements ahead of time to ensure a bowl berth, which are “contingent on the Cougars winning at least six games each season.”

The Cougars have also agreed to play in the 2016 and 2018 Poinsettia Bowl against an opponent from the Mountain West.

The Cougars have three AAC teams – Houston, Connecticut and Central Florida -- on its schedule for the 2014 season.

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