Michael McCammon

C-USA has seven bowl partners in 2016

Conference USA has seven bowl partners in 2016. Where will the Hilltoppers spend their post-season?

Conference USA has seven bowl partners for the 2016-17 season, with the champion - if highest rated among G5 conferences - making an appearance in one of the College Football Playoff's six bowl games.

If not participating in a CFB bowl and as in prior years, the C-USA champion will select from among the leagues tie-ins for its bowl.  WKU, which won the Bahama's Bowl in 2014, elected to participate in the Miami Beach Bowl as league champion last fall where it defeated South Florida 45-35.

Conference USA's bowl season will begin on December 17 against a representative from the Mountain West Conference in the New Mexico Bowl.  The bowl began in 2006 and is held at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

The New Orleans Bowl, held at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, up next on December 19.  Held since 2001, C-USA West Division runner-up Louisiana Tech won the 2015 contest, defeating Arkansas State 47-28.

Held on December 20, a C-USA program will face a representative from the Mid-American Conference in the Boca Raton Bowl.  In its third year of existence, Marshall and Toledo are previous winners of the game.

The Bahamas Bowl will pit a C-USA team against a representative from the American Athletic or Mid-Atlantic Conferences.  WKU defeated Central Michigan 49-48 two season ago, with Western Michigan besting Middle Tennessee 45-31 in 2015.

Played on Christmas Eve, the Hawaii Bowl will also welcome a C-USA team this post-season.  Southern Miss and Rice are among prior C-USA programs to play in the contest. 

The Independence Bowl, played on December 26 in Shereveport, La., will invite a C-USA program should the ACC or SEC be unable to fill the spot.

The final C-USA bowl tie-in to be played is the December 27th Dallas Bowl, which pits the league against a team from the Big Ten.

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Here's a glance at where some of the national pundits are projecting the Hilltoppers to enjoy the post-season:

Athlon Sports projects WKU to face AAC program Memphis.

Campus Insiders has the Hilltoppers renewing their passports and traveling back to the Bahama's for the second time in three years, this time to face Toledo.

National Football Post sends WKU out west to face host New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl.

Sporting News has WKU filling a spot in the Independence Bowl against ACC foe Pittsburgh.

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