The bowl schedule is set so it is time for fans to start figuring out their way to attend. No point waiting until December to make bowl plans.
Saturday December 17
AutoNation Cure Bowl 4:30pm Central. Located in Orlando, Florida and has last pick of the Sun Belt vs. last pick of the American. Game is telecast on CBS Sports Network. Google Maps indicates it is approximately a 13 hour drive from Jonesboro so you will have to leave at least by Friday unless you fly.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. 4:30pm Central. Located in Montgomery, Alabama. Third pick of the Sun Belt vs. a MAC. Game is telecast on ESPN. Google Maps tabs it as a six hour drive from Jonesboro so driving in the day of the game is feasible. The City of Montgomery has moved their annual Christmas parade to the day before the game and each school is invited to have their bands and spirit squads participate.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. 8pm Central. Located in New Orleans, the game has first selection of Sun Belt schools and picks around 5 or 6 of Conference USA. Google Maps has it as 6:45 from Jonesboro so a day of game arrival is feasible. The bowl will host a concert on the concourse of the Mercedes Benz Superdome the night before the game.
Friday December 23
GoDaddy Bowl. Located in Mobile, the game has second selection of the Sun Belt and first selection of MAC but has historically released the MAC champion when they cannot provide a champion vs. champion game. Game is telecast by ESPN. A seven hour drive from Jonesboro, arrival day of the game is possible. Would suggest not lingering the day after the game since it will be Christmas Eve and some gas stations and restaurants may close early. Most noted for the mardi gras style parade the day before the game with pep rally and fireworks following the parade.
To Be Determined
The Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl. Located in Tucson, Arizona. The game pits MWC vs. CUSA but the Sun Belt has an agreement to provide a team (fifth selection) if one of the other leagues is unable to provide an eligible team. Date and telecast agreement for 2016 has not been announced. Last year’s game was on the American Sports Network and streamed online. About a 21 hour drive from Jonesboro.