DALLAS (January 13, 2023) -- The Mid-American Conference (the MAC) won the 2022-23 Progressive Bowl Challenge Cup, posting a winning percentage of .667 with a 4-2 record during Bowl Season. Created in 2002 by ESPN as a competition among the 10 FBS conferences during college football’s postseason, the MAC won its first outright title. Previously the MAC tied for the top honor in 2011-12 with Conference USA.
“All of us affiliated with Bowl Season would like to extend our congratulations to the MAC in winning the 2022-23 Progressive Bowl Challenge Cup,” said Nick Carparelli, executive director of Bowl Season. “The conference had an impressive showing from the six MAC teams in bowl games, winning four of them. The two bowl losses were only by a combined nine points. The MAC played some really good football during the entire season and that continued into Bowl Season.”
MAC teams earned victories in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Eastern Michigan over San Jose State, 41-27), the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl (Toledo over Liberty, 21-19), the Camellia Bowl (Buffalo over Georgia Southern, 23-21), and the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl (Ohio over Wyoming, 30-27 in OT).
The Mountain West leads all conferences with five total Progressive Bowl Challenge Cup titles since 2002, followed by Conference USA (3½), SEC (3), ACC (2½), Big Ten (2), Big 12 (1½), MAC (1½), American (1 – as Big East), Pac-12 (1), and Sun Belt (0).
|Conference (bowl teams)||Record||Winning Percentage|
|Big Ten (9)||5-4||.555|
|Conference USA (6)||3-3||.500|
|Mountain West (7)||3-4||.429|
|Sun Belt (7)||3-4||.429|
|Big 12 (8)||2-7||.222|
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