The AAC recently released its 2020-2025 bowl lineup, which includes a situation that involves an alternating-years rotation with the Armed Forces and Hawaii bowls and a pool of 8 bowl games, all owned by ESPN Events, to which the AAC will send 4 teams each year.
NEWPORT, R.I. – Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the American Athletic Conference’s bowl lineup that will span the six-year cycle from 2020-25. The announcement was made Tuesday as part of The American’s Summer Kickoff and Media Days.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday announced a new six-year bowl lineup, beginning in 2020, which includes the addition of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl and the newly created bowl game in Boston. The lineup features bowl games across the country with outstanding matchups in Alabama, California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Texas.
First Responder (Dallas, TX): B12/AAC/ACC eligible
Boca Raton (Florida): AAC eligible
Frisco (Texas): AAC eligible
Cure (Orlando, FL): AAC eligible
Myrtle Beach (South Carolina): AAC eligble
New Mexico (Albuquerque): AAC eligible
Armed Forces (Ft. Worth, TX): B12 and AAC every other
Hawaii (Honolulu): AAC every other
Based on the AAC and ACC eligibility for a pool of bowl games, and the Big 12's rotation with the DFW area bowls, all of which are owned and operated by ESPN Events, I believe that BYU will also be involved somehow in the pool of ESPN Events bowls. I also believe that the MWC and Army will be significantly involved in the ESPN Events bowl pool as well. That way, ESPN will have post-season options and control of the AAC and MWC, BYU, and all three military academies - to make the best bowl matchups. So, BYU would have reasonable access to a decent bowl lineup:
Armed Forces - v. B12 or AAC or Army?
First Responder: v. B12, ACC, or AAC
Gasparilla: v. SEC, ACC or AAC (most likely if SEC doesn't have enough bowl eligible teams)
Hawaii: v. MWC or AAC or Army?
Famous Idaho: v. MWC
Frisco: v. AAC or MWC? or Army?
New Mexico: v. MWC? or AAC
Cure: v. AAC orArmy?
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Originally posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 12:04:20pm
Message modified by boscatar on Jul 17, 2019 at 12:04:57pm