Orlando officials welcome new bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new bowl is coming to Orlando.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and officials from the Orlando Sports Foundation announced the creation of the Cure Bowl on Wednesday.

The game will be held at the Florida Citrus Bowl in December 2015 and feature teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences.

Officials from both leagues were on hand with Dyer for the new bowl's announcement.

The game will help benefit breast cancer research.

The bowl will become Orlando's third bowl game, joining the Russell Athletic Bowl and Capital One Bowl.

It also will increase the number of bowls in 2015 to a record 40, although that includes the College Football Playoff title game, so only 78 bowl teams will be needed.

There are 39 bowls (requiring 76 teams) expected for the coming season -- up from 35 games and 70 teams that went to bowls in 2013.

The NCAA had 40 bowls apply for certification for this season, with 39 expected to be approved next month, sources told ESPN.

While several bowls have changed names since last year, only the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was not renewed. Five new bowls will debut this season: Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (MAC vs. Sun Belt), Detroit Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten), Bahamas Bowl (rotation of American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt), Miami Beach Bowl (American vs. C-USA, MAC and Sun Belt) and Boca Raton Bowl (rotation of American, C-USA and MAC).

Information from ESPN's Brett McMurphy and the Associated Press was used in this report.