For the first time in its 64-year history, the Mid-American Conference will have five bowl tie-ins -- three primary and two secondary -- through 2013.
The MAC’s three primary bowl agreements are with the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) and Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Idaho). The secondary agreements are with the Papajohns.com Bowl (2010-2013), the Dallas Football Classic (2010 and 2012) and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (formerly the Emerald Bowl)/San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl/New Mexico Bowl (2011 and 2013).
The Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl replaces the International Bowl, which hosted the MAC’s No. 3 selection the past four years in Toronto. The International Bowl ceased its operations.
“I am very pleased with our bowl agreements for the next four seasons,” MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher said in a statement. “We have a very solid relationship with our primary bowl partners and we look forward to continuing to expand these relationships. The addition of the secondary agreements provides our conference the opportunity to build on relationships with multiple bowl groups.”
The secondary agreement with the Papajohns.com Bowl will come into play as a backup to the SEC No. 8/9 and Big East No. 5/6 selections. The MAC will be the second backup in the Dallas Football Classic in 2010 and 2012.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl/Poinsettia Bowl/New Mexico Bowl secondary agreement for 2011 and 2013 is as follows: the MAC will back-up Army in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2011) and Poinsettia Bowl (2013) with the understanding that if Army is not bowl eligible, the WAC will give up its spot in the New Mexico Bowl and provide a team to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl. The MAC will then provide a team to the New Mexico Bowl against a team from the Mountain West.