The Bahamas Bowl is an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually in Nassau, Bahamas, at the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium. The Bowl has tie-ins with the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.
|Stadium||Thomas Robinson Stadium|
|Conference tie-ins||Conference USA (2014–present)|
Mid-American Conference (2014–present)
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (2014–2016)
Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (2018–2019)
|Buffalo vs. Charlotte (Buffalo 31–9)|
|Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns|
The inaugural edition of the Bahamas Bowl, played in 2014, was the first major (FBS or historical equivalent) bowl game to be played outside the United States and Canada between two U.S. teams since the January 1, 1937, Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba. The game featured teams from the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA; that conference matchup has continued annually. In July 2019, the MAC announced a continuation of its tie-in with the bowl through the 2025–26 football season.
From its inception to 2017, the game was sponsored by the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant franchise and officially known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. After Restaurant Brands International acquired Popeyes in 2017, they declined to renew sponsorship. Elk Grove Village, Illinois—"home to the largest industrial park in the United States"—picked up title sponsorship in 2018, with the bowl using the official naming of Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. The name lasted until Elk Grove Village ended its sponsorship in March 2020.
The winning team is presented with a trophy, since 2016 named the Prime Minister's Trophy. The current trophy, in use since the 2018 playing, is approximately 30 inches (76 cm) tall and weighs nearly 30 pounds (14 kg).
|Date||Winning team||Losing team||Attendance||Notes|
|December 24, 2014||Western Kentucky||49||Central Michigan||48||13,667||notes|
|December 24, 2015||Western Michigan||45||Middle Tennessee||31||13,123||notes|
|December 23, 2016||Old Dominion||24||Eastern Michigan||20||13,422||notes|
|December 22, 2017||Ohio||41||UAB||6||13,585||notes|
|December 21, 2018||FIU||35||Toledo||32||13,510||notes|
|December 20, 2019||Buffalo||31||Charlotte||9||13,547||notes|
|2020||Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|Year||Offensive MVP||Defensive MVP||Ref.|
|2014||Brandon Doughty||Western Kentucky||QB||Derik Overstreet||Western Kentucky||DL|||
|2015||Jamauri Bogan||Western Michigan||RB||Grant DePalma||Western Michigan||LB|||
|2016||Ray Lawry||Old Dominion||RB||TJ Ricks||Old Dominion||LB|||
|2017||Dorian Brown||Ohio||RB||Javon Hagan||Ohio||FS|||
|2018||Christian Alexander||FIU||QB||Edwin Freeman||FIU||LB|||
|2019||Jaret Patterson||Buffalo||RB||Malcolm Koonce||Buffalo||DE|||
Updated through the December 2019 edition (6 games, 12 total appearances); to date, no team has appeared in the bowl more than once.
- Teams with a single appearance
Appearances by conferenceEdit
Updated through the December 2019 edition (6 games, 12 total appearances).
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|C-USA||6||3||3||.500||2014, 2016, 2018||2015, 2017, 2019|
|MAC||6||3||3||.500||2015, 2017, 2019||2014, 2016, 2018|
|Team||Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored (one team)||49, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Most points scored (losing team)||48, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Most points scored (both teams)||97, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Fewest points allowed||6, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Largest margin of victory||35, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Total yards||647, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Rushing yards||282, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Passing yards||493, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|First downs||29, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan||2014|
|Fewest yards allowed||278, Buffalo vs. Charlotte||2019|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||80, Buffalo vs. Charlotte||2019|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||77, Charlotte vs. Buffalo||2019|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|All-purpose yards||215, Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Touchdowns (all-purpose)||4, shared by Bogan, Brown, and Davis (see below)|
|Rushing yards||215, Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Rushing touchdowns||4, shared by:
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
Dorian Brown, Ohio vs. UAB
|Passing yards||493, Cooper Rush, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Passing touchdowns||7, Cooper Rush, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Receiving yards||183, Corey Davis, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Receiving touchdowns||4, Titus Davis, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Tackles||12 (total), Grant DePalma, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
8 (solo), Jamez Brickhouse, Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan
|Sacks||2, shared by:
Derik Overstreet, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo vs. Charlotte
|Interceptions||1, by multiple players|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||74, Dorian Brown, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Touchdown pass||80, Zach Terrell to Corey Davis, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Kickoff return||45, Andre Wilson, UAB vs. Ohio||2017|
|Punt return||34, Kylan Nelson, Ohio vs. UAB||2017|
|Interception return||29, Rontavious Atkins, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Fumble return||27, Tony Annese, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky||2014|
|Punt||54, shared by:
Michael Farkas, Ohio vs. UAB
Bailey Flint, Toledo vs. FIU
|Field goal||47, Andrew Haldeman, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee||2015|
|Date||Network||Play-by-play announcers||Color commentators||Sideline reporters|
|2014||ESPN||Steve Levy||Lou Holtz & Mark May||Laura Rutledge|
|2015||Mack Brown & Mark May||Kaylee Hartung|
|2017||Desmond Howard||Laura Rutledge|
|2019||Greg McElroy||Dianna Russini|
|Date||Network||Play-by-play announcers||Color commentators|
|2014||ESPN Radio||John Brickley||Pete Najarian|
|2015||RedVoice, LLC||Brian Hanni||Rob Best|
|2017||Gameday Radio||Kyle Wiggs|
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