The NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee on Thursday approved an additional bowl game to enable all bowl-eligible teams an opportunity to play in the postseason, according to The Action Network and The Athletic.
No date for the bowl game has been announced, but the contest reportedly will be played between two Group of 5 teams in Texas. ESPN will broadcast the game, per The Action Network.
Without the game, a pair of teams would not be playing in the postseason.
According to the NCAA, teams that win six games are bowl-eligible. This season, 84 teams had at least six wins.
The additional game will allow Hawaii (6-7) to play Memphis (6-6) in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, according to multiple media outlets.
Seven bowl games are already scheduled to be played in Texas, including the Cotton Bowl, the Sun Bowl, the First Responder Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Armed Forces Bowl, the Frisco Bowl and the Texas Bowl.
–Field Level Media