Boca Raton Bowl

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Boca Raton Bowl
Stadium FAU Stadium
Location Boca Raton, Florida
Operated Starts in December 2014
Conference tie-ins Mid-American Conference (2014–19), Conference USA (2014), American Athletic Conference (2015)
2014 matchup
Northern Illinois vs. Marshall (Marshall 52–23)

The Boca Raton Bowl is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned Division I college football bowl game[1] played in Boca Raton, Florida at FAU Stadium, which is located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. The bowl was founded on October 10, 2013, and was first played as part of the 2014 schedule of postseason bowl games.[2] The bowl game will be televised by ESPN.[1][3]

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is scheduled to be the primary conference involved in the Boca Raton Bowl until 2019.[3] The Northern Illinois Huskies, winners of the conference's championship game, were chosen as the conference's first representative. Conference USA was contracted to provide a team for the 2014 playing and the conference sent its champion, the Marshall Thundering Herd. Both the MAC and C-USA did not have automatic bowl bids for their champions entering 2014; C-USA lost its contract with the Liberty Bowl while the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which usually took the MAC champion, was discontinued after its 2013 playing.

The American Athletic Conference is to provide a team to the Boca Raton Bowl in 2015.[3] Other NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision conferences are expected to send teams to the bowl in alternating years after that,[3] but these have yet to be announced.

The bowl game is owned and operated by ESPN Events, and is televised by ESPN as part of its annual "Bowl Week".[1]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 23, 2014 Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 notes


Year MVP Team Position
2014 Rakeem Cato Marshall QB

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Marshall 1 1–0
T1 Northern Illinois 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Conference USA 1 0 1.000
MAC 0 1 .000

Media coverage[edit]


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2014 ESPN Dave Lamont Desmond Howard Quint Kessenich


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2014 ESPN Radio Marc Kestecher John Congemi TBA


  1. ^ a b c Drew, David (May 14, 2014). "Dates and times set for inaugural MAC football-affiliated Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl". Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "MAC Announces The Creation Of The Boca Raton Bowl". October 11, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ellis, Zac (October 11, 2013). "MAC announces creation of Boca Raton Bowl in 2014". Retrieved November 7, 2013. 

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