Sun Belt adds another guaranteed bowl

The GMAC Bowl will become a primary postseason option for the Sun Belt Conference through 2013, the conference announced Tuesday.

Beginning in 2010, the GMAC bowl will have the first or second selection of a Sun Belt Conference team after the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

“We are very excited to enter this relationship with the GMAC Bowl because it represents one of the most significant steps in our league’s history,” Sun Belt commissioner Wright Waters said. “We look forward to this partnership with the GMAC Bowl, its outstanding leadership and staff, as well as the city of Mobile.”

This is the first time since the inception of the Sun Belt that the conference will have more than one guaranteed bowl berth. Previously, the conference just had a primary agreement with the R+L Carries New Orleans Bowl. The conference was only allowed two primary bowl berths because of the average number of teams the conference has sent to bowl games the past four seasons.

Secondary bowl agreements are still in the works.

The Sun Belt has combined to win four of its last six bowl games, which gives the league a winning bowl record since the 2006 postseason.

Troy will face Central Michigan in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday.