American Athletic Conference
One of many concerns facing the new American Athletic Conference was what bowl tie-ins the league would have. Because after all, this conference reshuffling was about football and money. And without the former -- at least in the sense of a competitive FBS conference -- there would be no latter.
As the AAC continues to fight for legitimacy in a crowded market, some good news: The conference has created the Miami Beach Bowl, which will be played at Marlins Park.
As CBSSports.com's J. Darin Darst writes, "with the AAC having no guaranteed spot in the new playoff system or top-tier bowls next year, the Miami Beach Bowl could serve as a destination for its champion depending on the potential matchup."
AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco offered some details this week.
"Our champion could play in this bowl," he said. "We have maintained flexibility for our champion. We will determine which opponents are available in particular games, but this is an attractive destination and may well be the type of game for our champion."
The Miami Beach Bowl will feature the top team from the AAC in a likely matchup against Conference USA, Mid-American or Sun Belt opponent, as well as the possibility an at-large team.