|Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl|
|Stadium||Thomas Robinson Stadium|
|Conference tie-ins||Conference USA (2014–present)|
Mid-American Conference (2014–present)
|Payout||US$450,000 (as of 2015)|
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (2014–2016)
Bahamas Bowl (2017)
|FIU vs. Toledo (FIU 35–32)|
|C-USA vs. MAC (December 20, 2019)|
The Bahamas Bowl is a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually in Nassau, Bahamas, at the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium. The first game, played in 2014, was the first major (FBS or historical equivalent) bowl game to be played outside the United States and Canada between two U.S. teams since the January 1, 1937, Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba. The inaugural game featured teams from the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA. That conference matchup has continued annually, through the December 2018 playing of the game. In July 2019, the MAC announced a continuation of its tie-in with the bowl through the 2025-26 football season.
From its inception to 2017, the game was sponsored by the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant franchise and officially known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. After Restaurant Brands International acquired Popeyes in 2017, they declined to renew sponsorship. Elk Grove Village, Illinois—"home to the largest industrial park in the United States"—picked up the sponsorship in 2018, renaming the bowl as the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.
|Date||Winning team||Losing team||Attendance||Notes|
|December 24, 2014||Western Kentucky||49||Central Michigan||48||13,667||notes|
|December 24, 2015||Western Michigan||45||Middle Tennessee||31||13,123||notes|
|December 23, 2016||Old Dominion||24||Eastern Michigan||20||13,422||notes|
|December 22, 2017||Ohio||41||UAB||6||13,585||notes|
|December 21, 2018||FIU||35||Toledo||32||13,510||notes|
|Year||Offensive MVP||Defensive MVP||Ref.|
|2014||Brandon Doughty||Western Kentucky||QB||Derik Overstreet||Western Kentucky||DL|||
|2015||Jamauri Bogan||Western Michigan||RB||Grant DePalma||Western Michigan||LB|||
|2016||Ray Lawry||Old Dominion||RB||TJ Ricks||Old Dominion||LB|||
|2017||Dorian Brown||Ohio||RB||Javon Hagan||Ohio||FS|||
|2018||Christian Alexander||FIU||QB||Edwin Freeman||FIU||LB|||
Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances); to date, no team has appeared in the bowl more than once.
- Teams with a single appearance
Appearances by conference
Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|C-USA||5||3||2||.600||2014, 2016, 2018||2015, 2017|
|MAC||5||2||3||.400||2015, 2017||2014, 2016, 2018|
|Team||Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored (one team)||49, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Most points scored (losing team)||48, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Most points scored (both teams)||97, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Fewest points allowed||6, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Largest margin of victory||35, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Total yards||647, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Rushing yards||282, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Passing yards||493, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|First downs||29, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Fewest yards allowed||353, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||99, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||188, Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion||2016|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|All-purpose yards||215, Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Touchdowns (all-purpose)||4, shared by Bogan, Brown, and Davis (see below)|
|Rushing yards||215, Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Rushing touchdowns||4, shared by:
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
Dorian Brown, Ohio vs. UAB
|Passing yards||493, Cooper Rush, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Passing touchdowns||7, Cooper Rush, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Receiving yards||183, Corey Davis, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Receiving touchdowns||4, Titus Davis, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Interceptions||1, by multiple players|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||74, Dorian Brown, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Touchdown pass||80, Corey Davis, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Kickoff return||45, Andre Wilson, UAB vs. Ohio||2017|
|Punt return||34, Kylan Nelson, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Interception return||29, Rontavious Atkins, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Punt||54, shared by:
Michael Farkas, Ohio vs. UAB
Bailey Flint, Toledo vs. FIU
|Field goal||47, Andrew Haldeman, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Date||Network||Play-by-play announcers||Color commentators||Sideline reporters|
|2014||ESPN||Steve Levy||Lou Holtz & Mark May||Laura Rutledge|
|2015||Mack Brown & Mark May||Kaylee Hartung|
|2016||Mack Brown||Kaylee Hartung|
|2017||Desmond Howard||Laura Rutledge|
|2018||Desmond Howard||Laura Rutledge|
|Date||Network||Play-by-play announcers||Color commentators|
|2014||ESPN Radio||John Brickley||Pete Najarian|
|2015||RedVoice, LLC||Brian Hanni||Rob Best|
|2016||RedVoice, LLC||Brian Hanni||Rob Best|
|2017||Gameday Radio||Kyle Wiggs||Rob Best|
|2018||Gameday Radio||Kyle Wiggs||Rob Best|
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