Conference USA, Sun Belt to be part of new Bahamas Bowl on rotational basis
Do Saints stay undefeated? Post to Facebook USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions on USATODAY.com: Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions Staff report, USA TODAY Sports 10:42 a.m. EDT October 13, 2013 DeMarcus Ware (94) and the Cowboys hope to plant RG3’s Redskins on Sunday night. (Photo: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images) SHARE 10 CONNECT 5 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE If the Dallas Cowboys had merely split with the Washington Redskins last season, America’s Team would have reached the playoffs. But Robert Griffin III and Co. swept their way to the NFC East crown by beating the Cowboys for the second time in Week 17. The division looks wide open again with Cowboys, ‘Skins and Eagles all saddled with three losses but still within a half-game of each other. The Redskins didn’t get their first W until Week 4 then went on bye. But winning in Dallas on Sunday night just might give them sole possession of first place by Monday morning. Elsewhere, the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints all look to go 6-0, though the Saints seem to face the toughest test with a road trip to New England.
World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama – USA
This is World Cup qualifying and World Cup qualifying is serious business. Everyone that is here is highly focused and wants to show a good game. Obviously were happy that we already qualified, but I told the players already before the game last week that were already preparing things for Brazil, so whoever goes on the field here has to show everything he has in order to build his case for Brazil. We only have a few games going forward, Klinsmann added. Its not much that we can try out and see, so all of our players are 100 percent focused. We know whats at stake for Panama. We know whats at stake for Mexico, but we have to take care of our own situation, and we badly want to have three points coming out of that game. Winning in Panama wont come easy considering Klinsmanns squad will be without many first-choice players. Tim Howard, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are all missing the match for a variety of injury issues, while Fabian Johnson was left in Germany to rest rather than join the team for this months qualifiers. That means several new faces will be given opportunities to impress in a hostile environment. The young tandem of Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson should both earn starts after showing some good signs in Fridays 1-0 win versus Jamaica. One new face in the lineup will be goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who will start for the U.S. for the first time since posting consecutive shutouts in March against Costa Rica and Mexico. “For me, every game I get is important, Guzan said. It’s a huge chance to not only play but to prove to my teammates and to the coaches that i can be counted on and step in and hopefully do a job for the team.
Also included will be the Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference and American Athletic Conference. The inaugural Bahamas Bowl will kick off in December 2014 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Named for the Olympian track & field star, the stadium currently has a capacity of 15,000 people, but has the ability to be expanded to hold as many as 30,000. The agreement for the bowl is set for the next six seasons, beginning in 2014. “To be able to bring these five conferences together who have such strong commitments to academics and athletics is an honor,” Complete Sports Management president Lea Miller said . “To be able to create a new college football Bowl game with them with the support of the entire country of the Bahamas in a historic venue is a dream come true. As the college sporting world knows, this is yet another sporting event we’re bringing to the Bahamas after two highly successful years of the Battle 4 Atlantis, college basketball’s premier early season basketball tournament.” The conferences will be included in the bowl on a rotational basis. “As we have learned with our other bowls, student-athletes, coaches and fans get excited about a great destination. It’s hard to imagine a better destination than this wonderful country for a bowl game,” Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said . “We are thankful for the support of The Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Lea Miller in providing not only a great venue, but a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work and dedication of our teams.” “The Sun Belt Conference is thrilled to be part of this new football bowl game,” said commissioner Karl Benson . “Our student-athletes and fans look forward to being able to enjoy the history and traditions of Nassau and the country of the Bahamas while at the same time being part of the history that will come with this event.” Last week, Conference USA was included in the rotation for the new Boca Raton Bowl. The Sun Belt has been connected with the new Camillia Bowl in Montgomery . According to USA Today , the conferences are expected to soon announce the creation of another game to be played at Marlins Park in Miami and anchored by the American Athletic Conference.