AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — University at Buffalo secured its place in the college football bowl tapestry by winning Friday’s regular season finale against Akron at UB Stadium.

Improving to 6-6, the Bulls became the 81st eligible team in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. This is the fourth time in five years and sixth in school history that UB will play in a bowl game.

Which of the 41 bowls will extend UB an invitation? A selection of national analyst projections are listed below.

The Mid-American Conference has tie-ins with the Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 16 in Nassau, Bahamas), Camellia Bowl (Dec. 27 in Montgomery, Alabama), Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 20 in Boise, Idaho), LendingTree Bowl (Dec. 17 in Mobile, Alabama), Barstool Arizona Bowl (Dec. 30 in Tucson, Arizona), and the Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26 in Detroit).

One or more of the six bowl-eligible MAC teams also could be considered for the Cure Bowl (Dec. 16 in Orlando, Florida), Myrtle Beach Bowl (Dec. 19 in Conway, South Carolina), New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico), Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 20 in Boca Raton, Florida), or the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (Dec. 17 in Frisco, Texas).

UB won its first bowl championship in the Bahamas in 2019, but won’t be returning there as Miami has already accepted an invitation to the game. And with the MAC champion slated for the Arizona Bowl, the Bulls also won’t be going there. UB has played bowl games in Mobile and Birmingham within the past five years. That doesn’t take them out of consideration for return trips to those bowl sites, but selection committees in conjunction with MAC officials and television partners tend to avoid sending teams to bowl games in which they have recently participated, as well as repeat matchups.

Here are some of the latest projections ahead of Sunday’s bowl announcements:

Brett McMurphy, Action Network

Camellia Bowl vs. Georgia Southern, with former UB quarterback Kyle Vantrease

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports

LendingTree vs. Southern Miss

Kyle Bonagura, ESPN

Boca Raton Bowl vs. Southern Miss

Mark Schlabach, ESPN

Camellia Bowl vs. Georgia Southern

College Football News

Camellia Bowl vs. Georgia Southern

The Athletic

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Utah State

UB’s bowl history

2020 Camellia Bowl in Montgomery

17-10 win vs. Marshall

2019 Bahamas Bowl in Nassau

31-9 win vs. Charlotte

2018 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile

42-32 loss vs. Troy

2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise

49-24 loss vs. San Diego State

2008 International Bowl in Toronto

38-20 loss vs. Connecticut

Unlike in 2017 when UB was not invited to one of the 39 bowl games despite having an eligible 6-6 record, the Bulls are assured a bid this time because there are more available spots (82) than eligible teams (81). There also were seven bowl-eligible MAC teams in 2017, when the conference had affiliations with five bowl games.


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