Yes, the Boca Raton Bowl is officially a real thing.
The MAC officially announced its creation on Friday, and the bowl will be owned and televised by ESPN. A team from the conference will play an American Athletic Conference team in 2014 and a Conference USA team in 2015.
The game will be played before Christmas and at Florida Atlantic's stadium. The Owls are in Conference USA, so there's a chance that in 2015 they could earn the ultimate Hawaii-like reward and play at home in a bowl game.
“The Mid-American Conference is pleased to partner with ESPN and several other conferences in the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, said in a statement. “This has all the ingredients for an excellent bowl game: a great location, wonderful facilities for student-athletes and fans and hungry teams. I am eagerly anticipating the inaugural game in December of 2014.”
Yes, we're all hungry for another pre-Christmas bowl in Florida. Apparently the Beef O'Brady's bowl wasn't enough.
The MAC will also be a part of the Camellia Bowl, a new bowl game in Montgomery, Al. in 2014 and will be part of a rotation for the Bahamas Bowl, which will be announced on Monday.