B1G to add Armed Forces Bowl to lineup

Submitted by DISCUSS Man on June 24th, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Complete change for the bowl lineups. So far we have this-

Bowl Location Stadium Since
Rose Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl 1901
Capital One Orlando, FL Citrus Bowl 1946
Outback Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium 1986
Holiday San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium 1978
Pinstripe Bronx, NY Yankee Stadium (II) 2010
Fight Hunger Santa Clara, CA Levi's Stadium 2002
Music City Nashville, TN LP Field 1998
Armed Forces Fort Worth Amon G. Carter Stadium 2003
Detroit Bowl Detroit, MI Ford Field New



June 24th, 2013 at 7:36 PM ^

If I am not mistaken, the other tie-in for the Armed Forces Bowl is the Mountain West, which sends the #3 team in the conference to this bowl. I wonder how they'll match this up for the Big Ten. I thought that the projected alignment in the new playoff system for the MWC was the Las Vegas Bowl followed by the Poinsettia (beginning in 2014 - based on an SI article from last month), so I am curious as to whether this moves down the MWC selection order now. 


June 24th, 2013 at 9:02 PM ^

other boards I've read is that this will be an AAC (Big East) conference Bowl beginning in 2014.  The AAC will have two teams in Texas (plus Tulsa, fairly nearby), whereas the MWC will have no teams in Texas.


All that said, I'd like to get a B1G vs. MWC match-up in a lower bowl game.  B1G teams rarely face-off with the MWC and the MWC --- even now minus BYU, TCU and Utah --- still produces some pretty good teams.


June 25th, 2013 at 12:27 AM ^

Last I checked, there's only 1 Bowl game of ANY type in the B1G footprint.  Not many B1G teams will be going to the post-season if we applied the "logic you're accusing me of."


Anyway, ANY minor bowl will want a power conference team if they can get it.  Even if they only get the 6-6 and 7-5 type teams, I'd argue it's a "win" for the Bowl.


For example, I was at the Heart of Dallas (TicketCity) Bowl on 1-January-2012 when Penn State played Houston. E.g., exactly the type of match-up the Armed Forces Bowl would get in this deal.


Attendance was not great (46,817) for that Bowl game --- but that number was over 4000 higher than ANY Armed Forces Bowl has ever drawn in its 10-year history.  I think the Armed Forces Bowl is a decent fit for both the B1G, AAC and the Bowl game itself.