Report: bowl games coming to Bahamas, Boca Raton

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

FAU Stadium will host a bowl game come 2014. (USATSI)
FAU Stadium will host a bowl game come 2014. (USATSI)

Hey, you, college football fan, you like bowl games, right? Good thing, because college football is reportedly about to add two more to its already well-stocked roster.

ESPN reported Tuesday that bowl games in both the Bahamas and Boca Raton, Fla., will be played in 2014, raising the number of games to at least 38. The Bahamas Bowl will be held in Nassau, the island nation's capital, and will be the first bowl game played outside the United States since Toronto's International Bowl folded following the 2010 season.

Both games will feature teams from Conference USA, with the Bahamas Bowl expected to pair the C-USA representative against one from the MAC, ESPN reported. The Boca Raton game will feature the C-USA against a team from the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West or MAC.

With four other primary bowl agreements announced Tuesday, C-USA will boast six such agreements starting with the 2014 season, as wel las partial tie-ins with other bowls.

Per ESPN, the Boca Raton game -- which does not as of yet have a title of title sponsor -- will be played at FAU's 29,000-seat on-campus stadium. (Yes, the same stadium once nicknamed "Owlcatraz.") The Bahamas Bowl will be played at 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium.

The Bahamas was one of multiple international sites considering hosting a bowl game, but overseas locations such as Dubai or Dublin are now out of the picture, per CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler.

The Sun Belt and the MAC are partners in the new "Camellia Bowl" in Montgomery, Ala., which was announced Monday and is also set to kick off in 2014.

For some traditional college football fans and media members, 38 bowls is far, far too many. But with plenty of quality college football teams and star players toiling out of the limelight during the "Group of Five" conferences' regular seasons, bowls like the Bahamas, Boca, and Montgomery games that give them a chance to finally grab a share of the spotlight -- and that give curious fans a chance to actually see them -- means the positives for the sport far, far outweigh the negatives.

And if you disagree, well, ask yourself again in December.

 
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