p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> The exact day in December that the bowl game will be played on was not announced Tuesday, but it will likely be a few days before Christmas, probably Dec. 22 (a Monday) or Dec. 23 (a Tuesday). My hunch is that the Cougars would like the game to be played on the Dec. 23 because they don't practice on Sundays.
Actually, Saturday, Dec. 20 would probably be more optimal, but preparations and practices for that early of a game could interfere with final exams.
In addition to the Miami Beach Bowl matchup, the Cougars will play three other AAC teams this season: UConn on Aug. 29, Houston on Sept. 11 and Central Florida on Oct. 9.
AAC commissioner Mike Aresco appeared on the BYU Sports Nation radio show Tuesday morning and said that BYU is in talks with another AAC school, Tulane, about a future football series.
"We are excited about this outstanding opportunity to have one of our teams play BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl," Aresco said in a news release. "Our representative will have the opportunity to compete against a respected and accomplished BYU team with a storied history and national following, which will make the Miami Beach Bowl one of the most exciting postseason games in 2014. This matchup quickly establishes the game as one of the premier bowls in the coming years."
Marlins Park seats 34,000 for football and is the home of MLB's Miami Marlins.
The date will be announced at a later time, officials said, along with broadcast information and kickoff time.