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Western Michigan Accepts 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Invitation

Western Michigan Accepts 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Invitation

12/1/2015 2:14:34 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas – Western Michigan will play in a bowl game for the second consecutive season as the Broncos accepted an bid to represent the Mid-American Conference in the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 24 in Nassau’s Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The Broncos will face Middle Tennessee (7-5) in a MAC vs. Conference USA matchup in the second Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will be played at Noon ET, and the contest will be televised on ESPN and broadcast on the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Radio Network.

The early invitation allows Western Michigan additional time to make preparations to play in an international destination, including obtaining passports for those who still need them in order to travel to the Bahamas as well as giving extra time for fans to make their travel plans to Nassau for bowl week.

Information on tickets and travel packages to the 2015 bowl is available through PopeyesBahamasBowl.com. A reminder that all U.S. citizens who wish to attend the game must have a valid U.S. Passport to enter the Bahamas.

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will mark Western Michigan’s seventh overall bowl game appearance, and it will be the second straight for the Broncos  under head coach P.J. Fleck, who is in his third season at the school and is the youngest head coach at the FBS level. The Broncos played in the 2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Air Force.

This is the second time Western Michigan will participate in a bowl game outside of the United States as the Broncos played in the inaugural 2007 International Bowl against Cincinnati in Toronto, Canada.

“We are pleased that Western Michigan will be competing in the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl,” said Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Executive Director Richard Giannini. “Coach Fleck and his staff have done a tremendous job in preparing the Broncos all season long, and their victory over a ranked Toledo team was one of the biggest in the MAC this year.”

“We are excited to have a strong 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl with a pair of 7-5 teams in Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee, and we look forward to what will be a great bowl week in Nassau with both universities and their fans,” said Giannini.

“We’re thrilled to be going to the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and to play against an elite Middle Tennessee team,” Fleck said. “It is an elite reward for our players and staff for all the work they’ve done. We continue to accomplish ‘nevers’ in our program as this is the first time in program history we’ve gone to bowl games in consecutive seasons. With elite preparation and execution we hope to also earn our first bowl victory in program history.”

The Broncos, 7-5 overall and 6-2 in MAC play, will come into the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl with a share of the MAC West Division title after posting six victories in their last eight games, including a 35-30 victory over No. 24 Toledo in WMU’s last game. Western Michigan has the top receiving duo in the country as juniors Daniel Braverman (103 receptions; 1,270 yards) and Corey Davis (82 receptions; 1,253 yards) have combined for 185 catches in 2015. Davis has 3,602 career receiving yards, the most among active FBS players and 32 receiving touchdowns, second-most among active FBS players. The ball-control offense of the Broncos is second in FBS in average time of possession (34:32).

“It is truly another great day to be a Bronco,” Western Michigan Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard said. “We are proud to be able to represent the Mid-American Conference in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. The student-athletes and staff have worked incredibly hard in pursuit of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are truly ecstatic to be able to showcase our Broncos, our University and our greater Kalamazoo community in a nationally televised appearance on ESPN. We take great pride in being able to provide Broncos everywhere the opportunity to watch and cheer our Broncos from wherever they may be in the world.”

The 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will mark the first meeting between Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee.

For more information on the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, visit PopeyesBahamasBowl.com.

About The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, a NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) postseason bowl game, is committed to promoting the Islands of The Bahamas and the educational and athletic opportunities for the youth of The Bahamas through college football, while providing its conference partners and their alumni, fans and sponsors a first-class bowl experience. Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the second Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will take place in Nassau, Bahamas on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium between schools from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. The game will be televised nationally in the United States on ESPN. For more information, visit
PopeyesBahamasBowl.com.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff
(Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
AdvoCare Invitational
(Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Hartford/Storrs, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)

For more information, visit ESPNEvents.com or the official Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

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