AAC, ESPN partner on two more bowls

Temple football coach Matt Rhule. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The American Athletic Conference announced today relationships with four ESPN-owned bowl games  for a six-year cycle beginning with the 2014 football season

The conference extended its existing agreements with the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. The AAC will also annually send a team to either the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, ( 2014, 2016 and 2018) or the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii (2015, 2017 and 2019). This group of bowls will annually select three of the top six eligible teams from The American.

 The opponents for the  AAC representative will come from the Atlantic Coast Conference three times and from Conference USA three times in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl. The Southeastern Conference will provide the opponents in the BBVA Compass Bowl. The opponents in the Armed Forces Bowl will be Army in 2014 and Big 12 Conference teams in the other two years. The American representative will face a Mountain West team in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

 "We are proud to continue our successful partnership with the industry leader in sports television. ESPN has established some of the most attractive bowl games in the nation," said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco. "These bowls allow us to play outstanding teams and they will also annually reward our student-athletes and coaches with memorable postseason experiences. Our fans will enjoy these great destinations and a national television audience will enjoy watching these compelling bowl games."