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Report: BYU to play in inaugural Miami Beach Bowl

Miami Beach Bowl Marlins president David Samson shows a map of Marlins Park configured for a football game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

BYU has agreed to play in the Miami Beach Bowl against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference, reports ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy.

The bowl, owned by the AAC, was originally supposed to feature teams from the AAC and Conference USA. According to the report, the AAC gave Conference USA its spot in the Bahamas Bowl, after which C-USA offered BYU to its spot in the Miami Beach Bowl.

BYU has played a bowl game in each of the past nine seasons. Last season, the Cougars lost 31-16 to Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

BYU has already committed to the 2016 and 2018 Poinsettia Bowls against a team from the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars would forfeit those bowls if they land in the College Football Playoff or one of its six other bowl games.

No date for the Miami Beach Bowl has been announced, but it will be played the week before Christmas at Marlins Park, home of MLB's Miami Marlins.

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