ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Little Rock is on the shortlist of cities being considered to begin hosting bowl games for the smaller college football conferences in 2014. But can Little Rock possibly compete with Ireland and Dubai? Toronto? The Bahamas?
Because college football's Power Five conferences prefer to play each other in bowl games, the smaller conferences are exploring opportunities to create additional bowl games next season, sources said.
As many as nine locations are under consideration to begin bowl games in 2014, according to sources: Miami, Orlando, Little Rock, Ark.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Los Angeles; Ireland; Dubai and either Toronto or Nassau, Bahamas.
Any new bowls created in 2014 would be for the smaller conferences: the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt. An NCAA moratorium to add new bowls expires after the 2013 season.
Jeff Reed at Sporting Life Arkansas has more.