Report: BYU to play in Miami Beach Bowl vs. AAC

By Kevin Kelley -

The BYU Cougars will play in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl, according to a report by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

BYU would play a team from the American Athletic Conference, tentatively on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.

The Miami Beach Bowl will be played at Marlins Park, the home of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins. The stadium seats 37,442 with standing room only, although it’s currently unknown what the capacity would be for a football game.

According to Brett McMurphy, the bowl “was originally scheduled to pit teams from the American and Conference USA this year. However, the AAC gave C-USA its spot in the Bahamas Bowl and C-USA allowed BYU to take its spot in the Miami Beach Bowl.”

Back in November, BYU accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl after the 2016 and 2018 seasons.

Should BYU become bowl eligible, they will play in their 33rd bowl game and tenth under head coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cougars currently hold a 13-18-1 record in bowl games. Their streak of four straight bowl wins was snapped last season after a 31-16 loss to Washington in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

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Comments (11)

I think this match up is more exciting than playing a Mt West team in Poinsettia Bowl (been there, done that), or some of the other bowls they have played in the past few years. Still a down grade from a Pack 12 match up but it’s a step forward in opinion. I like it. I now wondering what they have up their sleeve for 2017.

I’m a huge BYU fan, but your ‘confidence’ in BYU’s superiority is off base. BYU can beat almost anyone, but they can also lose to anyone (see Utah, Virginia in 2013).

I’m glad they get a chance to play in Miami.

I don’t know if you noticed but BYU struggled to beat Houston last year who was the 4th best team in the American. UCF and Louisville were better than BYU in 2013. Cincinnati vs BYU would have been a toss up game. You are overvaluing BYU and undervaluing teams from the American.

Good, good. Playing a bowl game is a good fit for LDS owned BYU. The LDS church is already the largest private land owner in Florida, might as well play a bowl game there too.

Well, I doubt that it was part of the decision making process for BYU Athletics, but still interesting.

The MWC, AAC and C-USA need to stick together. It appears that the SEC, PAC, B1G are trying to squeeze the smaller conferences out. The ACC and B12 aren’t actively participating, but will go along. Recent alignment shows that collage sports isn becoming all about the money.

^^^^ Matt are you kidding me, it’s always about the $$$$. For a few sec reps and I’m sure they have a few tagged along in saying if it were up to them, they would only play power 5 teams. But hopefully this season will prove why we all play and why we should all be ” in”.

I say let’s just sit back and be entertained by the game ,whoever BYU plays in the Miama Beach Bowl, I don’t care, I just want to enjoy the game.

I am a long time BYU fan and would like to see them in a good bowl game. These mickey mouse games need to end. When they played in the Holiday Bowl, they often played quality opponents and played them well. they should be considered by better games. They are a good team and have good talent. The situation needs to change for them.