NCAA to Add New Bowl Game in Texas to Allow All Bowl-Eligible Teams to Play in Postseason
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The NCAA has added another bowl game in Texas to allow all current bowl-eligible teams a chance to play in the postseason, sources told The Action Network.
The game will be played between a pair of Group of Five teams, sources said. The Football Oversight Committee approved the additional bowl game Thursday afternoon.
There are currently 84 bowl-eligible teams. Initially, multiple media outlets, including The Action Network, did not consider Hawaii (6-7) as a bowl-eligible team. However, according to the NCAA, teams that reach six wins are bowl eligible.
Hawaii will now play in the Hawaii Bowl against Memphis, sources told the Action Network.
The date of the new bowl game is still to be determined but is expected to be televised on an ESPN network.
Without the additional bowl, two bowl-eligible teams would not be playing in the postseason.
With the bowl game added, it guarantees a bowl for all 84 teams that won at least six games. Without the additional game, two of the following six-win teams would not have played in a bowl game: Ball State, Hawaii, Miami (Ohio), North Texas, ODU or Wyoming.
The Action Network will update its bowl projections later today with the new bowl lineup.