The AAC's bowl structure will be impacted by the conference title game between Houston and Cincinnati.
The New Year's Six bowls will include the highest-ranked conference champion, and a Houston win on Saturday would greatly complicate things. For one, would a one-loss Cincinnati team stay inside the top 12 of the CFP rankings and give the AAC a shot at two teams in the New Year's Six bowl games?
Here are the conference's affiliations, with the caveat that these ties are subject to change.
2021-22 AAC bowl tie-ins, affiliations
NOTE: The highest-ranked conference champion from the non-Power 5 leagues will earn a bid to a New Year's Six bowl.
The bowls have no selection order; teams are selected based on proximity, matchups and other factors.
Fenway Bowl vs. ACC
Military Bowl vs. AAC
Hawaii Bowl vs. Mountain West (Memphis has accepted an invitation to the Hawaii Bowl, per school, and will play Hawaii)
AAC can also slot up to four teams (or more, depending on availability) into these bowls:
Myrtle Beach Bowl vs. MAC or Sun Belt
Boca Raton Bowl vs. At-large
First Responder Bowl vs. ACC, Big 12 or PAC-12
Birmingham Bowl vs. SEC
Cure Bowl vs. At-large
Frisco Bowl vs. At-Large
Gasparilla Bowl vs. ACC, PAC-12 or SEC
New Mexico Bowl vs. At-large
Which American Athletic Conference teams are bowl eligible?
Cincinnati, Houston, SMU, UCF, East Carolina, Memphis and Tulsa are all bowl eligible.
This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: 2021-22 AAC football bowl tie-ins, affiliations