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‘Group of Five’ conferences reportedly looking to add bowls

Jarrett Swaby, Blake Bortles AP

People who think there are too many bowl games as it is may want to look away.

According to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, members of the so-called “Group of Five” — or, the five non-power conferences consisting of the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt — are looking to add additional bowls for next year’s postseason with as many as nine different locations being considered. Those locations (reportedly) are: Miami; Orlando; Little Rock, Ark.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Los Angeles; Ireland; Dubai*; and either Toronto or Nassau, the Bahamas.


With 2013 being the last year of this four-year bowl cycle, many power conferences have already adjusted their bowl lineups for 2014, the start of a new six-year bowl cycle. McMurphy reports that, under the new cycle, there will be a minimum of 19 bowls matching teams from power conferences — perhaps more. That will likely leave certain bowl eligible teams from non-power conferences without a chance to lose money spot in a bowl game. Contrarily, adding more bowls could result in not enough bowl eligible teams, something that’s been a problem the past couple of years.

The American Athletic Conference has been vocal about creating a new bowl in south Florida, with Marlins Park in Miami being a possible site. While the American would prefer an opponent from a power conference, a “Group of Five” opponent could be more likely.

But, for real though. UNT in the freakin’ Bahamas? You can have your Pinstripe Bowl, Big Ten.

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16 Responses to “‘Group of Five’ conferences reportedly looking to add bowls”
  1. catfanatic1979v1 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:47 PM

    College football needs less bowls games, not more. They are now meaningless.

  2. timh1955 says: Jun 11, 2013 4:01 PM

    The last thing I want to watch is a bowl game with any of the teams from any of those conferences. Let them play in bowls like the Maaco Care Care/Fish & Tackle Bowl like they already do.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jun 11, 2013 4:03 PM

    Only if they are a preliminary location for an expanded playoff system. Like, first round in mid-December.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 4:38 PM

    My favorite was the bowl…

    What a joke that was.

    Scap the bowl system and adopt a 24 team tourney with the top 8 getting a bye.

  5. lastdukestreetking says: Jun 11, 2013 4:39 PM

    You do realize that you don’t actually have to watch any of these games?

  6. deadeye says: Jun 11, 2013 4:42 PM

    More bowls? Doh!

  7. hor2012 says: Jun 11, 2013 5:20 PM

    I’m a football fan. So, I’m going to watch the bowls even if there was a hundred of them.

  8. secdominance says: Jun 11, 2013 5:28 PM

    I don’t want anymore bowl games but I think the Mountain West is a better conference than the ones they’re grouped with.

  9. raysfan1 says: Jun 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    What hor2012 said.

    Ben–“…or Nassau; and the Bahamas…” Typo alert; Nassau is in the Bahamas, unless maybe Nassau, NY is being considered for a bowl.

  10. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 11, 2013 5:52 PM

    Whoops… yes, “and” went in the wrong place. Thank ya kindly.

  11. takingbovadasmoney says: Jun 11, 2013 6:44 PM


  12. tigersgeaux says: Jun 11, 2013 7:53 PM

    The best name for a bowl ever (thanks to southernpatriots family who was there during the blizzard)…

    Weedwacker Bowl

    We waited sooooooo long for playoffs and some conferences are wanting MORE bowls??? That is crazy.

  13. bertenheim says: Jun 11, 2013 8:28 PM

    Matt Hayes of TSN has a good idea: Forget more bowls, have a Group-of-Five playoff for a CFP bowl bid.

  14. normtide says: Jun 11, 2013 8:39 PM

    I agree with a couple previous posts.

    #1 If you don’t like these bowls, don’t
    watch. Problem solved. Your life can go on.

    #2 I too love football and will probably watch all these bowl games.

    Obviously people do watch these meaningless bowl games, as they are still aired.

  15. timh1955 says: Jun 11, 2013 8:40 PM

    Watching the teams in those conferences is like watching high school football.

  16. ndnut says: Jun 11, 2013 9:48 PM

    In Division II, my local team played in the Mineral Water Bowl. All it is is the top team in the conference who didn’t make the playoffs playing against a school from another nearby conference in the same position.

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