The BYU Cougars have secured a deal to play in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl in 2014, provided BYU wins at least six games this season, according to ESPN”s Brett McMurphy.
BYU will play AAC team in inaugural Miami Beach Bowl in Dec., sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 28, 2014
The independent Cougars will face a team from the AAC who created and owns the bowl game after the conference gave Conference USA its spot in the Bahamas Bowl. The exact date is not yet known but McMurphy writes that the game is to be played the week before Christmas, so it will be one of the first of bowl season.
The new bowl game to be played in the home of the Miami Marlins in Marlins Park. BYU has played in a bowl game for nine consecutive seasons under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, so BYU should be able to keep their streak of postseason play alive.
BYU has secured deals with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl and Armed Forces Bowl in each of the last three seasons since leaving the Mountain West Conference in 2010 as they took a proactive approach to bowl season considering they don’t have any conference tie-ins that would place them in a quality game and location.