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DC Gets A Bowl Game

Not content with a mere 32 bowl games, the NCAA is expanding again, this time into the nation's capital. For the first time, two teams will meet this December in the Congressional Bowl in either RFK Stadium or the new Nationals ballpark. An NCAA committee also approved a new bowl game in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The additions were based on historical analysis speculating on the number of teams that are bowl-eligible, according to an NCAA statement. Last year, 1.6 million people went to a bowl game, which generated more than $200 million in revenue for the NCAA and the schools involved.

Most importantly for D.C. football fans, though, is which teams travel to the nation's capitol in the middle of December to play. Bid organizers told the Washington Post that the Naval Academy is likely to face a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, setting up a matchup that might attract a President-elect McCain, a Navy grad himself.

Organizers will have to reapply for status in 2009, but Army has already agreed to play in the game that year, assuming they are bowl-eligible, and bid team members Sean Metcalf and Marie Rudolph told the Post they hope to have a service academy involved every year.

For the record, the rest of the bowls to get excited for, from the historic Rose Bowl to the ridiculously named San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, according to the NCAA's release:

Allstate Sugar, AT&T Cotton, AutoZone Liberty, BCS National Championship, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, Brut Sun, Capital One, Champs Sports, Chick-fil-A, Emerald, Fed Ex Orange, Gaylord Hotels Music City, GMAC, Roady's Humanitarian, Insight, International, Konica Minolta Gator, Meineke Car Care, Motor City, New Mexico, Outback, Pacific Life Holiday, Papajohns.com, PetroSun Independence, Pioneer Las Vegas, R+L Carriers New Orleans, Rose, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia, Sheraton Hawaii, Texas, Tostitos Fiesta and Valero Alamo.