When the sixth Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl takes place in Nassau on December 20, 2019, the game will feature teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference.
Last season, Conference USA produced seven teams that were bowl eligible, sending six teams to 2018 bowls. FIU was chosen for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, while conference champion UAB (Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton) and West Division Champion Middle Tennessee (R+L Carriers New Orleans) were joined by Louisiana Tech (SoFi Hawai’i), Marshall (Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla) and North Texas (New Mexico) in playing in the postseason.
West Division champion UAB won its first C-USA title with a 27-25 victory at East Division champion Middle Tennessee in the 2018 Globe Life Conference USA Championship Game. UAB finished 11-3 overall, 7-1 in C-USA games. The Blazers received votes in the final Associated Press and Amway USA Today Coaches polls.
Judy McLeod serves as Commissioner of Conference USA.
The Mid-American Conference had six teams in postseason bowls in 2018. Toledo was chosen for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, while conference champion Northern Illinois played in the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl and East Division champion Buffalo participated in the Dollar General Bowl. Other MAC bowl participants were Ohio (DXL Frisco Bowl), Western Michigan (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) and Eastern Michigan (Raycom Media Camellia Bowl)
The MAC has had at least five teams selected for bowl games each season since 2011, and 11 times overall. The conference set a record with seven bowl participants in 2012 and 2015.
Northern Illinois won the 2018 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game with a thrilling 30-29 win over Buffalo at Detroit’s Ford Field. The win was NIU’s first championship since 2014 and the fifth championship in program history. The Huskies finished 8-6 overall and 6-2 in MAC play.
Dr. Jon Steinbrecher serves as the Commissioner of the MAC.