Last season, the addition of five new bowl games brought the total number to 39, including the College Football Championship Game.
Bowls added in 2014 included the Boca Raton Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl, Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl, and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit was also added to replace the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at the same venue.
According to an ESPN report on Wednesday, four more bowls have applied to the NCAA for approval this season.
If approved as expected, there would be a record 43 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff title game, requiring 84 teams to fill each bowl. That would mean 66 percent of the 127 FBS teams would go bowling.
One of the new bowls, the AutoNation Cure Bowl, is already set for Dec. 19 on CBS Sports Network. The game will pit teams from the American and Sun Belt at Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
The three other cities that have applied do not currently host a bowl game. Each city is listed below along with the likely conference matchup according to ESPN.
Matchup: American vs. C-USA
Location: TBD (likely Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium)
Matchup: C-USA vs. MWC
Location: Arizona Stadium
Little Rock, Arkansas
Matchup: American vs. Sun Belt
Location: War Memorial Stadium
What do you think of the possible new additions? One might say there would be too many bowls, but there doesn’t seem to ever be enough college football.