The FIU Golden Panthers and the Toledo Rockets will play in the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, it was announced on Sunday.
The game is set for Friday, Dec. 21 at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. ESPN will televise the game beginning at 12:30pm ET.
Per the Bahamas Bowl, the early announcement of the matchup “…allows both FIU and Toledo additional time to prepare to play in an international destination, including obtaining passports for those who still need them to travel to the Bahamas as well as giving extra time for fans to make their travel plans to Nassau for bowl week.”
FIU, led by head coach Butch Davis, finished the season 8-4 overall and 6-2 in Conference USA action. This will be the fourth bowl appearance for the Golden Panthers.
“We’re thrilled for our team to play in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl – which is our second-consecutive bowl game – and get a chance to enjoy the Bahamian culture,” FIU Head Coach Butch Davis said. “The Atlantis resort is one of the best facilities in the world and we’re excited to enjoy their hospitality. Toledo is a very good football program and our kids are excited for the challenge. Hopefully, this provides our team with an opportunity to cap the season on a high note.”
Toledo is led by head coach Jason Candle, who guided the Rockets to a 7-5 record this season (5-3 MAC). This will be the 18 bowl appearance for Toledo and fifth-straight.
“The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will provide our team with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough FIU team,” said Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle. “We are looking forward to a great matchup. Playing in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches, fans and everyone who has played a part in the success of our program.”