Some argue that college football already has too many bowl games. We’ve had a few instances of sub-.500 teams receiving bids to compete in the post-season, due to a lack of eligible teams. In a few years, there will be even more exhibitions added to the slate.
There have been rumors of a Chicago bowl game for a little while now. Wrigley Field has already hosted one Big Ten football game, and will be doing more down the road with a new seating configuration that better allows for football in the hallowed baseball park.
The Wrigley Field bowl game is the headliner in these three new bowl additions. Former ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy, who is set to join Stadium for coverage sometime soon, filed a report via his Facebook page.
McMurphy says that new bowl games are coming to Chicago, Myrtle Beach, and one more city yet to be decided.
The NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee approved the recommendations to add three new bowl games for the 2020 season,…
From the full report:
The Chicago bowl, to be played at Wrigley Field, will feature the Big Ten against the ACC, sources said. To add the Chicago bowl in 2020, the Big Ten is expected to end its affiliation with the San Francisco Bowl (formerly Foster Farms Bowl) after 2019.
Myrtle Beach and ESPN officials have had ongoing discussions about starting this bowl game, sources said. The most likely conferences affiliated with Myrtle Beach could be Conference USA, the Sun Belt or the Mid-American. If the Sun Belt is involved, look for the league to cut ties in 2020 with either Arizona, Dollar General, Camellia or Cure, all part of the Sun Belt’s current bowl lineup.
Some potential options for the third bowl addition: Tempe, or somewhere in the Carolinas.
The third new bowl? This isn’t as clear cut. Arizona State has shown interest in adding a bowl in Tempe. And a number of cities/communities have expressed interest in the past including Charleston, S.C., and Greenville, N.C. The only certainty is before a bowl can be created, it must have a contract with two conferences and/or BYU/Army.
This is not the only big bowl news from the past few weeks. With the city’s turn as a big sports town, the Las Vegas Bowl is set to become a more prominent event.
Right now, the Las Vegas Bowl is played at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium, between the Mountain West and Pac-12. The SEC is the favorite to replace that MWC slot in the game, per McMurphy.
With the Oakland Raiders moving the Vegas, the bowl will be played at the new NFL stadium, giving the game a bigger venue befitting a Power Five bowl match-up.