A newly created bowl game known as the Boca Raton Bowl will take place in Boca Raton, Fla., beginning in 2014. It will pit a Mid-American Conference team against a Conference USA opponent in 2014 and an American Athletic Conference team in 2015, the MAC announced on Friday.
The bowl, owned and operated by ESPN, will take place at FAU Stadium. The pre-Christmas bowl will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.
“The Mid-American Conference is pleased to partner with ESPN and several other conferences in the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference commissioner. “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.”
The Boca Raton Bowl will be initially supported by the MAC from 2014-19, and other conferences will support the bowl on a six-year rotating basis. Conference USA's involvement in the Boca Raton Bowl was first reported by CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler in May.