The highest-ranked conference champion by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee from the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West or Sun Belt will play annually in one of the College Football Playoff bowls (Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic for the 2019 season) if it is not selected for the Playoff Semifinals.
Conference USA has six primary bowl affiliations for the 2019 season with Makers Wanted Bahamas, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla, Dreamhouse New Mexico, R+L Carriers New Orleans, SERVPRO First Responder and either the SoFi Hawai’i or Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowls. C-USA has secondary 2019 bowl agreements with the Cheribundi Boca Raton and Walk-On’s Independence (should the ACC or SEC not be able to provide a bowl-eligible team).
The MAC has five primary bowl affiliations for the 2019 season with Makers Wanted Bahamas, Mobile Alabama, Cheribundi Boca Raton, Camellia and Famous Idaho Potato Bowls. The MAC has secondary 2019 bowl agreements with the Quick Lane Bowl (should the ACC or Big Ten not be able to provide a bowl-eligible team) and other ESPN owned-and-operated bowl games.
The 2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl participants – selected from among bowl-eligible teams in Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference – will be announced by the bowl, ESPN Events and conference partners once finalized.