At the risk of our readers rolling their eyes, we are obligated to report that yet another college football bowl game has been formed and it has relevance for four of the prominent college football programs from the ACC and the American Conference in the state of Florida starting this winter.
Stadium college football insider Brett McMurphy reported Tuesday morning that Boston’s Fenway Park is the site of one of the new bowl games being rolled out starting it next year, 2020:
ACC & American will play in new bowl game at Boston’s Fenway Park starting in 2020, sources told @Stadium. Addition of Boston bowl will mean 43 bowls in 2020 so 65% of all college football teams will go bowling https://t.co/xM94Pq2QRh
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) April 30, 2019
And as McMurphy mentioned in his item, teams from the ACC and the American Athletic Conference will be pitted against each other in the initial deal for the new game.
So, that obviously means that Florida State, Miami, UCF and USF all have the opportunity to potentially play at the hallowed home of the Boston Red Sox, including perhaps in the inaugural game next year.
The photo above is from a 2017 UConn vs. Boston College regular season game payed at “The Fens.”
For the American, this is a another significant opportunity for them to play against one of the traditional “Power Five conference schools. Currently, they have only two other bowl games with such guaranteed quality opponents. Those are: the Birmingham Bowl with the tie-in with the SEC and the Military Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, with the ACC.
The other five bowl games for the AAC’s post-season play against an assortment of Conference USA, Mountain West, Sunbelt and At-large teams.
In each of the last two years the AAC Champion, the UCF Knights, has gone on to play in one of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games. UCF defeated Auburn in the 2018 Peach Bowl, in Atlanta. However, they lost to LSU on January 1st, in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has a guaranteed slot in the “New Year’s Six” bowls, a potential slot for the College Footbal Playoff final four teams, and also tie-ins to seven additional bowl games, including the New Year’s Day Orange (Miami and Citrus (Orlando) Bowls, as well.
Back to McMurphy’s report, he also relayed that Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach will be added as new bowl game sites for 2020, and that there are now a record 43 bowl games will be played next year.
Also, Fenway Park is the third major league baseball stadium that currently hosts a bowl game joining the Pinstripe Bowl (where the ACC has a tie-in) at Yankee Stadium and the Cheez-It bowl at the Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field.
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays) used to host the Gasparilla Bowl, but it moved last season to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Also, Miami Marlins Park has hosted bowl games in the past, as well, but no longer does, currently.
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