The inaugural Boca Raton Bowl will kick off on December 23 at 6 p.m. eastern to a national television audience on ESPN. The brand new bowl game will be played at FAU Stadium, home of Florida Atlantic and will feature teams from Conference USA and the MAC in 2014, but the bowl game also has a partnership with the American Athletic Conference as well.
“There is a high level of excitement for the new Boca Raton Bowl,” said Doug Mosley, Boca Raton Bowl, executive director in a released statement shared by ESPN. “We have a beautiful venue in FAU Stadium and a very engaged community in Palm Beach County.”
ESPN owns the Boca Raton Bowl, which means the game will be given an exclusive time slot with as little competition as possible. December 23 falls on a Tuesday, two days before Christmas, so the game will have virtually no competition from other sports, most notably the NFL or other bowl games.
FAU Stadium opened in 2011 and has a seating capacity of 29,419.
Earlier in the day the St. Petersburg Bowl was scheduled for December 26. The Boca Raton Bowl is not the only new bowl game this season though. The Bahamas Bowl will be played on December 24.
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.