The new bowls will be unique in that the five conferences (American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) will provide the teams as part of a coalition, sources said. The bowls and five conferences will work together to determine which teams will play in the bowls each year.
“The non-power leagues were denied opportunities in other bowls, so they had to create opportunities for their teams,” a source said. “The new bowls are a result of existing bowls not entertaining opportunities for those five [non-power] conferences.
Source: Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com