Were you worried that the little guys of the college football world were going to be be left home for the holidays? Were you fretting over the possibility of not seeing, say, a matchup of Northern Illinois and Texas-San Antonio?
No need to fear, more bowl games are near.
According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com — Is there a better college football reporter in the country? — the five conferences that left behind by the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and Pac-12 will form their own new bowls in order to ensure that their teams get to have a little Christmastime fun, too. The AAC, MAC, MWC, Sun Belt and Conference USA are starting three new bowl next season. Those games will be played in Florida (one in Miami and one in Boca Raton) and in the Bahamas.
While 39 bowls is ridiculous, we gotta admit that the idea of football in the Bahamas is pretty cool. The stadium that will house the game might be tiny, but we at MrSEC.com might click over and watch a few minutes of Northern Illinois/Texas-San Antonio if it’s coming from Nassau.
The new playoff system, a new bevy of big-bowl tie-ins, a selection committee to pick the teams for both and a host of new big-conference deals — all facing one another and shutting out most of the little guys — will all commence next season. And now the little guys will have some new destinations to aim for, too.