The American Athletic Conference has announced tie-ins with four post-season bowl games for a six-year cycle beginning after the 2014 season.
“We are proud to continue our successful partnership with the industry leader in sports television. ESPN has established some of the most attractive bowl games in the nation,” said Commissioner Mike Aresco. “These bowls allow us to play outstanding teams and they will also annually reward our student-athletes and coaches with memorable postseason experiences. Our fans will enjoy these great destinations and a national television audience will enjoy watching these compelling bowl games.”
The American bowl lineup will include the following:
- Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg
- BBVA Compass Bowl
- Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (2014, 2016, & 2018)
- Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (2015, 2017, & 2019)
Opponents for The American will be determined as follows:
The opponents for the American Athletic Conference representative will come from the Atlantic Coast Conference three times and from Conference USA three times in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. The Southeastern Conference will provide the opponents in the BBVA Compass Bowl. The opponents in the Armed Forces Bowl will be Army in 2014 and Big 12 Conference teams in the other two years. The American representative will oppose a Mountain West team in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
The American Athletic Conference will also face an ACC team in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. That tie-in was previously announced.