The NCAA has approved three new bowl games beginning in the 2020 season and the Mid-American Conference might be able to join the fun. Reported by Brett McMurphy, one of the three bowl games is set to be played in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and the most likely conferences to participate in the event are the MAC, Conference-USA and Sun Belt.
“Myrtle Beach and ESPN officials have had ongoing discussions about starting this bowl game, sources said. The most likely conferences affiliated with Myrtle Beach could be Conference USA, the Sun Belt or the Mid-American,” McMurphy said in his report on Facebook. “If the Sun Belt is involved, look for the league to cut ties in 2020 with either Arizona, Dollar General, Camellia or Cure, all part of the Sun Belt’s current bowl lineup.”
This brings the MAC’s primary bowl commitments up from five to six with the other primary commitments being the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Bowl (vs. CUSA), Dollar General Bowl (vs. Sun Belt), Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (vs. Mountain West), FriscoBowl (vs. American) and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (vs. Sun Belt). There’s also the Quick Lane Bowl, which is the primary spot for Atlantic Coast and Big Ten teams, but the MAC can and has sent teams there before when one of the two others are unable to send a team.
Looking at the other Group of 5 conferences, the AAC and CUSA each have seven primary bowls, the MAC and MWC each have six and the Sun Belt has five.
Had this bowl game been around last year, then one of Buffalo or Western Michigan probably could have gone to Myrtle Beach for a few days to play some football instead of sitting at home with their 6-6 records.