To add to the seemingly never-ending slew of postseason opportunities for mediocre teams, four new bowl games will debut in 2014, according to ESPN.
The American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences have collaborated to participate in four new bowls which will take place in Boca Raton, Fla., Miami and the Bahamas. The games will involve only schools from those conferences.
This is good news for fans of those five conferences and bad news for people who have lost count of the number of bowl games.
According to the ESPN report:
“The Miami Bowl, created by the American Athletic Conference, is expected to be held at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins. The American Athletic will be the "anchor" conference, and its opponent would come from the other four non-power leagues, a source said.
In August, ESPN reported that the Bahamas Bowl will be held at Thomas Robinson Stadium and would be the first postseason bowl played outside the United States since the International Bowl in Toronto (2007-10).
A news conference will be held Oct. 14 to officially announce the Bahamas Bowl. All five non-power leagues will rotate in the game.
The Boca Raton Bowl will feature teams from Conference USA, MAC and the American Athletic. The game will be held at FAU Stadium on the Florida Atlantic campus. FAU is a C-USA member.”
With the newly instilled four-team BCS playoff format, opportunities for a national crown are limited for teams across the country. With that said, more and more bowl opportunities are popping up for the non-power conference teams.
These locales are certainly attractive destinations for fans of the AAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt, but when does it stop? To me, not every 6-win team deserves to go to a bowl game and 39 bowl games is just far too many.