Last Updated Jun 08, 2022, 02:48 PM
BAHAMAS BOWL HISTORY
The Bahamas Bowl began in 2014 and the matchup currently features schools from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The game takes place at Thomas Robinson Stadium from Nassau, Bahamas.
Western Kentucky captured the inaugural Bahamas Bowl with a 49-48 victory against Central Michigan. This outcome was considered was one of the worst "Bad Beats" in college football history. The Hilltoppers led 42-14 at halftime and by as many as 35 only to see the Chippewas score 34 unanswered points to pull within one point. CMU decided to go for the win instead of overtime and lost in regulation as the conversion failed, but they covered as short underdogs.
The MAC avenged that loss in 2015 as Western Michigan captured a 45-31 victory. The 'over' cashed for the second consecutive year.
Conference USA won three of the first five meetings in the Bahamas Bowl, which includes Old Dominion's 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan in the 2016 installment. UAB fell short in a 41-6 blowout to Ohio in 2017 as neither conference has won in consecutive years since the inception of this bowl.
C-USA was back at it again in 2018, as Florida International upended Toledo 35-32 as seven-point underdogs despite the fact they were missing their starting quarterback. The high-scoring victory by FIU also snapped a two-year 'under' run, getting back to the first two installments of this game which went well over.
The 2019 installment was affected by wind gusts as Buffalo captured a dominating 31-9 win over Charlotte while the 'under' (52) was never in doubt.
The COVID-19 global pandemic wiped out this game in 2020 due to international travel restrictions, but the game is back on Dec. 17, 2021 to kick off the bowl schedule with Middle Tennessee and Toledo squaring off.
On Dec. 17, 2021, the Bahamas Bowl was back to kick off the postseason, with Middle Tennesseeposting a 31-24 victory over Toledo as 10.5-point underdogs, earning Conference USA the first victory of bowl season, and the MAC opening with the first loss. C-USA exacted a little revenge for the embarrassing 2019 loss.
|Year||Matchup||Line, Total||ATS Result|
|2021||Middle Tennessee 31 Toledo 24||Toledo -10.5, 52.5||Underdog-Over|
|2019||Buffalo 31 Charlotte 9||Buffalo -7, 52||Favorite-Under|
|2018||Florida International 35 Toledo 32||Toledo -7, 57||Underdog-Over|
|2017||Ohio 41 UAB 6||Ohio -6.5, 55.5||Favorite-Under|
|2016||Eastern Michigan 20 Old Dominion 24||Old Dominion -5.5, 63||Underdog-Under|
|2015||Western Michigan 45 Middle Tennessee State 31||Western Michigan -3, 66||Favorite-Over|
|2014||Western Kentucky 49 Central Michigan 48||Western Kentucky -3.5, 67||Underdog-Over|