Sun Belt Expects Austin Bowl

The last two years have been complete heartbreak for the Texas State football program as hopes of getting a bowl invite never came. The Sun Belt Conference is looking to make sure that their league is represented and all eligible schools get an invite. With that said, a bowl game has popped up nearly in TXST's backyard.

On Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported that three new bowl games had been awarded to Tuscon (AZ), Orlando (FL), and Austin (TX), respectively. The Florida and Texas bowl games would reportedly feature a match-up of AAC schools versus the Sun Belt, as it's primary bowl tie-in's. While out west, the match-up would be between the Mountain West and Conference USA.

Because of Austin's close proximity to San Marcos, a 30 minute drive up I-35, many Bobcat faithful are thinking the obvious. After being left to dry two years in a row while being eligible, the Sun Belt has finally been able to get a bowl game that would be a virtual lock for the upstart Texas State program, and close enough to where Bobcat fans will travel. Does this sound familiar South Alabama fans?

This past bowl season, the Jaguars did win the head to head with Texas State, but finished with one less win (6-6) during the season. In the end, the wins and losses played a minor part as Camellia Bowl Officials chose to invite the in state Jags who were a short 2 hour drive away. Bowling Green defeated USA in front of an announced crowd of just over 20k.

A source did inform Bobcatillustrated that the Sun Belt was doing everything it could to find a bowl that would cater to the Bobcats after being slapped in the face twice. It was to be a bowl game west of the Mississippi, but 30 minutes from home couldn't be more ideal.

The Austin Sports Commission still has plenty of work to do as their is no title sponsor, only a tentative venue for the game, UT's Royal Memorial Stadium, and no firm TV deal in place. On the contrary, ESPN has released a statement saying that it will not be expanding it's bowl TV selection. This leaves FOX Sports or CBS Sports as the possible front runners to broadcast the contest. The biggest hurdle has been passed when the NCAA decided to certify the bowl game and add it to the list of post-season bowl play. Now the rest is up to the commission to make things happen and do so quickly. Reports are indicating that the Austin Based Ticket City is in serious discussions for a possible title sponsorship.

We did reach out to Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson, but were not able to speak with him directly, instead the Sun Belt supplied us with this statement:

“While there has been no official announcement we look forward to one soon. We believe Austin will be a great site for a bowl game for the Sun Belt - and that we will provide a very competitive team from within the region – and a team that will bring thousands of passionate fans to the city of Austin this coming December."

For all intents and purposes, this Austin bowl game looks like it's going to happen. So what does this mean for Texas State? The 'Cats still have to take care of business on the field and get bowl eligible. If so, the 'Cats will no longer have to wait for the scraps of being sent into geographical obscurity just for the shot at post-season play.

Just asking the obvious, but do you prefer Montgomery (AL) or Mobile (AL) over Austin (TX) come December or January? Bowl officials asked the same thing last season, will fans and students from San Marcos travel to Alabama or should we take our chances on an in-state team that finished 6-6. We unfortunately know the decision they made. Come the 2015 bowl post season, if Texas State is fortunate enough to be in the same predicament again, there won't be any guessing or stalling. Pack your bags BobcatNation for 3-4 days, at least your car for one afternoon/evening, destination Austin, Texas and the 'Cats will be bowling.

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