After last week’s thrilling 42-35 win for BGSU Football over their rivals, the Toledo Rockets, the Falcons clinched their sixth win and are now bowl game eligible for the first time since 2015. 

But the question is- what bowl games can teams in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) compete in? 

Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities and potential matchups.

Dec. 16- Bahamas Bowl- Nassau, Bahamas (MAC vs C-USA)

  • Last year, the Toledo Rockets fell to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in this bow game, 31-24. Could the orange and brown make the trip down south? Potentially. A matchup that could become realistic is against the Blue Raiders, but I could also see the North Texas Mean Green be the opponent as well. 

Dec. 16- Cure Bowl- Orlando, FL (American/MAC/C-USA/Sun Belt/Mountain West)

  • A game that does not always feature the MAC did so last season, as the Northern Illinois Huskies participated in the Cure Bowl, a game in which proceeds benefit breast cancer research. The Huskies fell in a thriller to Coastal Carolina, 47-41. There is no guarantee on the MAC playing in this one, but if BG does, it would definitely be a cool experience. 

Dec. 17- LendingTree Bowl- Mobile, AL (MAC vs Sun Belt)

  • Eastern Michigan got the nod to play in this game last season, losing in blowout fashion to the Liberty Flames, 56-20. This is a game that BG could have higher odds of playing in, with teams such as Coastal Carolina, Troy, or South Alabama, a team the Falcons played last year. 

Dec. 17- Frisco Bowl- Frisco, TX (American/C-USA/MAC/Mountain West/Sun Belt)

  • Nobody from the MAC played in this game last year, as San Diego State defeated UTSA, 38-24. If enough MAC teams become bowl eligible, look for this game to be a possibility for the Falcons. 

Dec. 19- Myrtle Beach Bowl- Myrtle Beach, S.C. (MAC/American/Sun Belt)

  • Another game last season that failed to feature a MAC team, as Tulsa defeated Old Dominion, 30-17. However, this could be a year to rotate a MAC team in, and who better to send to the beach during the brutally cold winter months in the midwest than the BGSU Falcons?

Dec. 20- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl- Boise, Idaho (Mountain West vs MAC)

  • Ah yes, the battle for the potatoes, a perfect bowl game for a MAC team like BGSU. Last season, Wyoming defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes in this one, 52-38. Maybe we see the Falcons go head-to-head with a team such as Wyoming, Air Force, or San Diego State. 

Dec. 20- Boca Raton Bowl- Boca Raton, FL (American/C-USA/MAC/MW/Sun Belt)

  • Last year, the MAC missed out on this bowl game, as Western Kentucky put up 59 points en route to a 59-38 win over Appalachian State. Maybe we see the Falcons get a solid tan before Christmas Day in this one.

Dec. 26- Quick Lane Bowl- Detroit, Mich (Big Ten vs MAC)

  • A short drive for the Falcons could be convenient, and maybe will not be their only drive to Detroit this season… “wink wink”. Hosted at the home of the Detroit Lions, BGSU could match up with a team such as Iowa, Maryland, or Minnesota (insert nostalgia post here). Western Michigan made the MAC proud last year, blowing out Nevada, 52-24. 

Dec. 27- Camellia Bowl- Montgomery, AL (MAC vs Sun Belt)

  • Another guaranteed bowl opportunity for the MAC, BGSU could see themselves taking on the Sun Belt in this one, with the same potential matchups as the ones acknowledged in the LendingTree Bowl. This game was played on Christmas Day last season, with Georgia State handing Ball State a lump of coal in a 51-20 blowout. 

Dec. 30- Barstool Arizona Bowl-  Tucson, AZ (MAC vs Mountain West)

  • Hey, BGSU is 1-0 when Barstool is at their game, so who says they can’t build a winning streak when Dave Portnoy is around? Another guarantee for the MAC, it could be the Falcons in this one taking on teams such as Boise State or Wyoming. Last year’s game between Boise State and Central Michigan was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Unfortunately, no team in the MAC is near the College Football Playoff rankings, so you can count out the Cinderella story for BGSU this year. However, this season is a monumental one for the orange and brown. No matter what game they get, or the opponent they face, getting a chance to play for a national audience is huge for recruiting and for notoriety. 

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