Bahamas Bowl

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Bahamas Bowl
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Inaugural Bahamas Bowl logo.png
Stadium Thomas Robinson Stadium
Location Nassau, Bahamas
Operated 2014–present
Conference tie-ins Conference USA (2014, 2015)
Mid-American Conference (2014, 2015, 2016)
American Athletic Conference (2016)
Payout US$450,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Popeyes (2014–present)
2016 matchup
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion (Old Dominion 24–20)

The Bahamas Bowl is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game played in Nassau, Bahamas at the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium on December 24.[2] The first game was played in 2014.[3][4]

Sponsored by the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant franchise, the game is officially known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.[5]

The game will feature a team from the Mid-American Conference in 2014 through 2016.[3] In 2014 and 2015, the opponent will be from Conference USA[3] and in 2016 it will be from the American Athletic Conference.[3]

The Bahamas Bowl is the first postseason FBS bowl game outside of the United States or Canada between two U.S. teams since the January 1, 1937 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba.

Game results[edit]

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


Year Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
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

Media coverage[edit]


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2016 ESPN Steve Levy Mack Brown Kaylee Hartung
2015[6] ESPN Steve Levy Mack Brown & Mark May Kaylee Hartung
2014[7] ESPN Steve Levy Lou Holtz & Mark May Laura Rutledge


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators
2016 RedVoice, LLC Brian Hanni Rob Best
2015 RedVoice, LLC Brian Hanni Rob Best
2014 ESPN Radio John Brickley Pete Najarian

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Old Dominion 1 1–0
Western Kentucky 1 1–0
Western Michigan 1 1–0
Eastern Michigan 1 0–1
Central Michigan 1 0–1
Middle Tennessee 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Conference USA 2 1 .667
MAC 1 2 .333

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "MAC Announces Creation of the Bahamas Bowl in 2014". Mid-American Conference. October 14, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Inaugural Bahamas Bowl set for December 24, 2014". Bahamas Bowl Communications. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "It's Conference USA Against the MAC In The Inaugural Bahamas Bowl". Bahamas Bowl Communications. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Popeyes Announced as Title Sponsor of Popeyes Bahamas Bowl". Bahamas Bowl Communications. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "College Football Playoff Highlights 2015-16 Bowl Schedule". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "ESPN College Football – Bowl Schedule and Commentators, College GameDay, College Football Awards, Division I Football Championship and More". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 

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