Five other MAC programs will also be involved in bowl games. The six bowl invitations are one shy of the MAC single-season record of seven bowl invites.
Here’s the upcoming slate:
2016 MAC Bowl Schedule:
> Toledo vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt), Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Dec. 17, 5:30 pm ET (ESPN)
> Central Michigan vs. Tulsa (American Athletic), Miami Beach Bowl, Dec. 19, 2:30 pm ET (ESPN)
> Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion (C-USA), Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Dec. 23, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN)
> Ohio vs. Troy (Sun Belt), Dollar General Bowl, Dec. 23, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN)
> Miami vs. Mississippi State, St. Petersburg Bowl, Dec. 26, 11:00 am ET (ESPN)
> Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten), Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Jan. 2, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN)
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This also marks the ninth time in MAC history to have five or more programs receive a bowl invitation (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) in a single-season. In the previous five bowl seasons, the MAC has a record of 11-18 in 29 bowl games – 2015 (3-4); 2014 (2-3); 2013 (0-5); 2012 (2-5); 2011 (4-1).
“I am extremely proud of the students, coaches and fans at the six MAC member institutions that have received bowl invitations and our collective accomplishments as a conference this season,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “The commitment of our students to excel has earned them this opportunity. I am very pleased with our bowl lineup and I look forward to watching the MAC teams compete. I also want to thank our bowl partners, as I speak for the entire conference, we appreciate these partnerships. The students, coaches and fans from our programs are going to have wonderful experiences.”