Conference USA Bowl Tie-Ins, Affiliations
The top-ranked Conference USA champion will be in the mix for the Cotton Bowl if it’s the highest-ranked Group of Five champ – and if it’s not in the College Football Playoff.
The Conference USA bowl tie-ins and affiliations will mostly be based on geographic location while avoiding repeat appearances. There’s a slot in the Hawaii Bowl this season – along with 2024 – but the spot in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl is off until 2025.
Conference USA doesn’t have a true pecking order. The bowls matchups are based on best possible matchups.
– Bahamas Bowl vs MAC
– EasyPost Hawaii Bowl vs Mountain West
– Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs American Athletic Conference
– New Mexico Bowl vs Mountain West
– R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs Sun Belt
To be determined among the Group of Five conferences …
– Cure Bowl vs Group of Five or Army
– RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl vs Group of Five
– SERVPRO First Responder Bowl vs Group of Five
– Frisco Bowl vs Group of Five
Conference USA has an affiliation to fill-in if needed …
– Camellia Bowl vs MAC or Sun Belt
– Fenway Bowl vs ACC or American
– LendingTree Bowl vs MAC or Sun Belt
– TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl vs American or SEC
– Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl vs ACC, American, SEC
– Myrtle Beach Bowl vs American, MAC or Sun Belt