Courtesy of the Humanitarian Bowl
BOISE, Idaho â€“ Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl Executive Director Kevin McDonald today announced the signing of agreements that set the stage for a four-year relationship pitting top teams from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) against top opponents from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
Qualifying teams will be selected according to each conferenceâ€™s criteria for bowl participation. The MAC is committed to send its third selection of bowl-eligible teams based on the MAC bowl selection process to the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.
The WAC is committed to send one of its top teams, based its bowl-eligible teamsâ€™ regional drawing strength for fans of the Boise-based game.
â€œOver the past several years the WAC and MAC have demonstrated a very high level of national success on the football field, â€ said WAC Commissioner Karl Benson. â€œLast season the two conferences were awarded nine bowl berths. We look forward to carrying that success over into Roadyâ€™s Humanitiarian Bowl.â€
â€œWe are so excited to have this agreement with the MAC and the WAC. These two conferences are known for playing a brand of explosive offensive football and a great tradition of winning teams that are really a lot of fun to watch,â€ said Kevin McDonald, Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl executive director. â€œLast yearâ€™s match-up delivered one of the most exciting bowl games of the year. We believe the game will always have that kind of drama and excitement for our fans.â€
Last yearâ€™s Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl, which featured Bowling Green State University from the MAC and the University of Idaho from the WAC, equaled the gameâ€™s all-time highest television rating on ESPN. The game received a Nielsen household rating of 2.4, representing over three million total viewers, tying the record for the highest rating ever which was the 2008 Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl, matching Maryland and Nevada.
â€œWe are very happy to have in place this tremendous relationship with a long-established and very successful bowl game,â€ said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher. â€œBased on last yearâ€™s match-up between the two conferences, I believe fans of the Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl game can look forward to exhilarating and competitive contests in the future.â€