Updated Mon, Oct 14, 2013 1:36 pm
The Mid-American Conference formally announced the creation of the Bahamas Bowl on Monday morning. The bowl game was created in partnership with Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference and will feature all three leagues competing in it on a rolling basis over the first six years.
The MAC announced the creation of the ESPN-owned Boca Raton Bowl last week which brings the conference's total bowl tie-ins to five beginning in the 2014 season. The MAC will play in the first two years of the Bahamas Bowl facing an AAC team in 2014 and a C-USA team in 2015.
The bowl game will annually be played in Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. It is the only bowl game to be played outside of the United States.
After their loss to Central Michigan this weekend, Ohio still needs two more wins this season to become bowl eligible.
"Our commissioner and our office have positioned us to have spots for the really, really good football teams in the MAC," Ohio football coach Frank Solich said.
Coming off of a 45-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe in the 2012 Independence Bowl, Ohio has won two straight bowl games. The 'Cats will look to bounce back this weekend with a contest against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich.