Dec. 20: Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl – Nassau, Bahamas 2:00 pm ET (ESPN); Buffalo (7-5, 5-3) vs. Charlotte (7-5, 5-3, Conference USA)
Buffalo fifth-year head coach Lance Leipold has the Bulls making its second consecutive bowl appearance and fourth bowl appearance in school history (2009 International Bowl; 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; 2018 Dollar General Bowl).
Dec. 20: Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl – Frisco, Texas, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN2); Kent State (6-6, 5-3) vs. Utah State (7-5, 6-2, Mountain West)
Kent State won its last three consecutive games to finish in a tie for second-place in the MAC East with a 5-3 league record, 6-6 overall on the year. Kent State will be making its first bowl appearance since the 2012 season in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Dec. 21: New Mexico Bowl – Albuquerque, N.M., 2:00 pm ET (ESPN); Central Michigan (8-5, 6-2) vs. San Diego State (9-3, 5-3, Mountain West)
Central Michigan is coming off a 26-21 loss to Miami in the 2019 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game on Dec. 7. Central Michigan won the MAC West Division with a 6-2 league record and 8-5 overall this season. First-year head coach Jim McElwain has the Chippewas as the most improved team in FBS this season.
Dec. 26: Quick Lane Bowl – Detroit, Mich., 8:00 pm ET (ESPN); Eastern Michigan (6-6, 3-5) vs. Pitt (7-5, 4-4, Atlantic Coast Conference)
Eastern Michigan closed the regular season by winning two of its last three MAC games for a 6-6 overall record, 3-5 in the MAC. Sixth-year head coach Chris Creighton is leading Eastern Michigan to its third bowl appearance in the last four years (2018 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl; 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl).
Dec. 30: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl – Dallas, Texas, 12:30 pm ET (ESPN); Western Michigan (7-5, 5-3) vs. Western Kentucky (8-4, 6-2, C-USA)
Western Michigan finished second in the MAC West Division with a 5-3 league record, 7-5 overall. Third-year head coach Tim Lester has the Broncos making its fifth bowl game in the last six years (2014 Famous Idaho Potato; 2015 Popeyes Bahamas; 2016 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato.
Jan. 3: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Boise, Ida., 3:30 pm ET (ESPN); Ohio (6-6, 5-3) vs. Nevada (7-5, 4-4, Mountain West Conference)
Ohio finished with a 5-3 league record, 6-6 overall. Head coach Frank Solich is in his 15th year leading Ohio and became the winningest head coach in MAC history with 112 career wins. Ohio had the first-ever shutout in MAC bowl history with a 27-0 win over San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl.
Jan. 6: LendingTree Bowl – Mobile, Ala., 7:30 pm ET (ESPN); Miami (8-5, 6-2) vs. Louisiana (10-3, 7-1, Sun Belt)
Miami is coming off a 26-21 win over Central Michigan in the 2019 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game on Dec. 7 for the RedHawks first MAC Championship since 2010. Miami won the MAC East Division with a 6-2 league record and are currently 8-5 overall on the season.
MAC QUICK NOTES:
- Miami won the 2019 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game with a thrilling 26-21 win over Central Michigan on Dec. 7. The win was Miami’s first MAC Championship since the 2010 season and the program’s 16th overall football title dating back to the MAC’s inception in 1946. The win was Miami’s third MAC Championship game victory (2003, 2010, 2019) since the MAC began hosting a championship game with the 1997 season.
- The MAC matched a league record with seven programs receiving bowl invitations this 2019 bowl season — Miami (8-5), Central Michigan (8-5), Buffalo (7-5), Western Michigan (7-5), Ohio (6-6), Kent State (6-6) and Eastern Michigan (6-6) will represent the MAC in bowl games this season.
- The MAC record for bowl invitations in a single-season is seven in the 2012, 2015 and 2019 bowl seasons. The MAC also set a league record with eight teams bowl eligible. Toledo (6-6) was bowl eligible however did not receive a bowl invitation.
- Miami (LendingTree Bowl), Central Michigan (New Mexico Bowl), Buffalo (Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl), Western Michigan (SERVEPRO First Responder Bowl), Ohio (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Kent State (Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl) and Eastern Michigan (Quick Lane Bowl) will represent the MAC in bowl games this 2019 bowl season.
- This marks the fifth time in MAC history to have six or more programs receive a bowl invitation (2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019) in a single-season. This also marks the 12th time in MAC history to have five or moreprograms receive a bowl invitation (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) in a single-season.
- In the previous eight bowl seasons, the MAC has a record of 13-33 in 46 bowl games – 2018 (1-5); 2017 (1-4); 2016 (0-6); 2015 (3-4); 2014 (2-3); 2013 (0-5); 2012 (2-5); 2011 (4-1) as all 12 MAC programs have appeared in a bowl game during this span (2011-18).
- Miami (8-5, 6-2 MAC) won the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game and the MAC East Division for the first time since 2010. Miami defeated Central Michigan 26-21 on Dec. 7th. Ironically, Miami’s last MAC Championship in 2010 was also a 26-21 final over Northern Illinois. Miami is bowl eligible for the third time in the last four years.
- Central Michigan (8-5, 6-2) won the MAC West Division for the first time since 2009. Central Michigan is the most improved football team in FBS this year with a seven-game improvement over last season. In 2018, Central Michigan went 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC, as head coach Jim McElwain was hired and led the Chippewas to an 8-5 overall record, 6-2 in the MAC.
- Over the last four seasons, the MAC had eight different programs participate in the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game. (2016 Western Michigan defeated Ohio, 29-23; 2017 Toledo beat Akron, 45-28; 2018 NIU defeated Buffalo, 30-29; 2019 Miami beat Central Michigan, 26-21).