FOOTBALL: Five MAC schools get bowl invites

GMAC Bowl, Mobile, Ala.
Central Michigan (11-2, 9-0) vs. Troy (9-3, 8-0)
Jan. 6, 7 p.m., ESPN
The Mid-American Conference champions will face the Sun Belt Conference champions in the final MAC bowl game. The Chippewas picked up a No. 25 ranking in the AP Poll after winning their third MAC title in four years Friday night. The Trojans will make the three-hour drive to Mobile, Ala. attempting to win their second bowl game. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan quarterback and MAC Player of the Year, will be matched up against Levi Brown who led Troy to a perfect conference record.

Little Caesars Bowl, Detroit
Ohio (9-4, 7-2) vs. Marshall (6-6, 4-4)
Dec. 26, 1 p.m., ESPN
Ohio will return to Ford Field less than a month after losing to Central Michigan in the MAC title game. The Bobcats will face the Thundering Herd, a familiar opponent. The schools are separated by only 65 miles, but will travel more than six hours for their 53rd meeting. Ohio holds a 29-17-6 lead in the all-time series. Marshall is without a head coach, following Mark Snyder's resignation Nov. 29. Interim coach Rick Minter will coach the Herd in the bowl game.

International Bowl, Toronto
Northern Illinois (7-5, 5-3) vs. South Florida (7-5, 3-4)
Jan. 2, Noon, ESPN2
Northern Illinois will head north of the border to take on South Florida in the fourth International Bowl. The Bulls will try to keep the Big East undefeated in the bowl. South Florida was ranked twice this year, making it as high as No. 21 before losing to the University of Cincinnati. The Huskies struggled down the stretch, losing their final two games, after defeating Ball State.

EagleBank Bowl, Washington, D.C.
Temple (9-3, 7-1) vs. UCLA (6-6, 3-6)/Army (5-6)
Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
The Owls will play in their first bowl game since 1979 against an opponent to be determined. If Army defeats Navy on Saturday, they will play in the bowl. Should Navy win, UCLA will be Temple's opponent. Coach Al Golden was named MAC Coach of the Year after breaking Temple's 30-year bowl drought, which was the third-longest in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Boise, Idaho
Bowling Green (7-5, 6-2) vs. Idaho (7-5, 4-4)
Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Dave Clawson became the only first-year non-BCS coach to led his team to a winning record and will guide the Falcons in their fourth bowl game since 2003. They will play Idaho on the blue turf of Boise State. It will be the Vandals first bowl appearance in 11 years, when they beat Southern Miss in the Humanitarian Bowl.


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