2021-22 AAC bowl tie-ins, affiliations

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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.

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

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