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MAC to play in Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

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When one door closes, sometimes another will open. That's the case for the Mid-American Conference this postseason.
The MAC recently found itself down a bowl tie-in after the demise of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and the creation of the Quick Lane Bowl. Replacing the game in Detroit is a new bowl game that will pit a MAC team against an opponent from Conference USA.
The new game will be played on Dec. 24 in Nassau, Bahamas. The bowl announced its title sponsor on Tuesday, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and the game will be called the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.
The inaugural game will be played at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN.
The MAC was part of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and before that the Motor City Bowl since its original inception in 1997. In the first game, Mississippi defeated Marshall 34-31 in front of 43,340 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. In the final game, Pittsburgh downed Bowling Green 30-27 in front of 26,259 fans at Ford Field. That game was the second lowest attendance in the game's 17-year history. All-time, the MAC went 7-10 in the game.