The first Bahamas Bowl has yet to be played, but it has already undergone some structural changes in how the game will pair bowl participants. Conference USA has purchased the Bahamas Bowl but will not be a title sponsor for the game. Conference USA, which had been scheduled to participate in the game three of the first six editions of the game, will now pick up a fourth spot in the bowl’s rotation and could potentially play in all six games currently agreed to, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com.
The Bahamas Bowl was originally unveiled as a bowl game shared by the American Athletic Conference, MAC, Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA. The MAC was to be the anchor conference for the game for four out of the first six seasons. Whether the MAC stays on board for four games still or not is unconfirmed, and how the remaining bowl spots will be distributed between the original conference tie-in partners is also unconfirmed.
The Bahamas Bowl has no date set for scheduled for kickoff, although before Christmas is a likely target. The game will be played in Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau.
One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
A UW official confirmed to madison.com that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa. As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.
At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers. At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.
Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.
Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team. He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.
With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.
Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week. Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.
The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then. Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.