BYU will play AAC team in inaugural Miami Beach Bowl if eligible

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Taysom Hill hopes to lead the Cougars to Miami.  (USATSI)
Taysom Hill hopes to lead the Cougars to Miami. (USATSI)

It's official: BYU , if bowl eligible, will play an opponent from the American Athletic Conference in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park in Miami this December.

The agreement was first reported on Monday and confirmed on Tuesday by both BYU and American commissioner Mike Aresco.

"We are excited our football program has the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl against a team from the AAC," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said Tuesday. "Marlins Park is a fantastic facility and we look forward to being in Miami in December."

The American Athletic Conference owns and operates the bowl, which does not have a date or official kickoff time but will be held in December 2014.

"We are excited about this outstanding opportunity to have one of our teams play BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl," Aresco said via the official release. "Our representative will have the opportunity to compete against a respected and accomplished BYU team with a storied history and national following, which will make the Miami Beach Bowl one of the most exciting postseason games in 2014. This matchup quickly establishes the game as one of the premier bowls in the coming years."

BYU will play three AAC teams in 2014, visiting UConn on Aug. 29 and UCF on Oct. 9 while hosting Houston in Provo on Sept. 11. The AAC has not yet established a picking order for its 2014 bowl slate, but having BYU locked in -- again, if the Cougars are bowl eligible -- will add to the intrigue of this new bowl game.

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