Since we last posted our college preview for the week, it has come to our attention that the on-again, off-again Arizona Bowl is now on-again. Nova Home Loans has signed on as the title game sponsor, and the game is set for December 29 at 5:30 PM Mountain Standard Time. While the television particulars are still being worked out, this game will be the first bowl game to be streamed live at Campus Insider.
The Bowl will feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA, and the Sun Belt will be the first alternate should either the MWC or CUSA not have enough eligible teams to meet their bowl obligations.
Beginning next week, we will add the Arizona Bowl to our Bowl Projections. As of this week, we would speculate that Conference USA would not have enough teams available, and a team like Texas State from the SBC would be the fill-in replacement. The MWC could have a tough time coming up with another bowl eligible team, and if Boise State somehow winds up in a New Year’s Six Bowl, the MWC definitely will not have enough bowl eligible teams.
There now must be 80 bowl eligible teams out of 128 FBS teams in total. There is a chance that there will not be 80 bowl eligible teams. The Mid-American Conference is likely to have that 80th bowl eligible team if 80 make it, so a Ball State, Buffalo, or Central Michigan at 6-6 might be headed to the desert in December.