The University of Toledo has accepted an invitation to play Florida International University of Conference USA in the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau.
The game will be played Friday, Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be televised on ESPN.
“We are very excited to accept an invitation to play in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “We are looking forward to working with the staff at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl as we participate in their outstanding bowl.
“This will be our first trip to the Bahamas, and we are looking forward to a terrific bowl experience against a very fine FIU team,” he said. “I also want to congratulate Head Coach Jason Candle, his staff and our entire Rocket football team for earning their eighth bowl invitation in the last nine years.”
Candle said the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will be a well-earned reward for his team.
“The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will provide our team with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough FIU team,” Candle said. “We are looking forward to a great matchup. Playing in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches, fans, and everyone who has played a part in the success of our program.”
The Rockets (7-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) finished tied for second place in the West Division of the MAC. Toledo has a streak of nine consecutive winning seasons and will be attending its eight bowl in the past nine years. UT is 11-6 all-time in bowl games.
FIU (8-4, 6-2 Conference USA) finished tied for second place in the East Division of the conference. The Golden Panthers lead the all-time series over Toledo, 2-1, including a 34-32 win in the 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the most recent meeting between the two programs.
Rockets fans may purchase tickets for the game form the UT Athletic Ticket Office. Information on placing orders for tickets will be announced later this week.
Fans wishing to purchase rooms at the host resort for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, the Atlantis Bahamas, can do so at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl website.