The Sun Belt may be able to get a fifth member into a bowl game...this year.

The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission announced today the formation of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, to begin on December 29th of this year.  The bowl game will feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA, with the Sun Belt Conference as the primary backup.

If either the MWC or CUSA should vacate the bowl, it would automatically go to the Sun Belt.  The Sun Belt is part of a coalition with the Miami Beach Bowl and the Bahamas Bowl to send teams on a rotating basis.  That agreement is scheduled to begin in 2016.

The Sun Belt has four automatic tie-ins:  The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, the Raycom Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL and the new Cure Bowl in Orlando, FL.

The new bowl game is the 41st sanctioned bowl game.  More information is available at