LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Centennial Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) will continue with its postseason bowl series in 2019 for a fifth-straight year with a structure change to the matchups. The conferences also revealed a brand new visual identity for the annual Centennial-MAC Bowl Series.
The Fifth Annual Centennial-MAC Bowl Series will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23.
The conference administrators and coaches agreed on a few changes to the bowl series heading into the fifth edition. The top-three teams from each conference that do not make the NCAA Division III Championship will continue to get a bid, but the matchups have changed.
Like the first three years of the bowl series, the top-seed from each conference will now have hosting rights and will face the other conference’s second-seed (same structure from 2015 to 2017 before the third game was added). The third seeds from each conference will face off in the third game with the conferences rotating hosting duties. The MAC will host the third-seed game in odd years, while the Centennial Conference will host in even years. Below is the 2019 bowl series structure:
- MAC No. 2 Seed at Centennial No. 1 Seed
- Centennial No. 2 Seed at MAC No. 1 Seed
- Centennial No. 3 Seed at MAC No. 3 Seed
The conferences partnered with Skye Design Studios to revamp the bowl series logo.
“We are excited to unveil this logo to the masses,” said Portia Hoeg, Executive Director of the Centennial Conference. “The classic design is a wonderful representation of our league as we enter into the fifth year of the bowl series with our colleagues at the MAC. This series has become a unique feature for the Centennial Conference, however, it is now highlighted even more with an exceptional marque.”
“We started this bowl series to offer our football student-athletes a great postseason experience,” said Ken Andrews, Executive Director of the MAC. “The new logo and awards for 2019 are tangible evidence of our commitment to that original idea. One of the main MAC messages center on providing more opportunities for student-athletes than other Division III conferences, and this bowl series is a great example of our dedication to those goals.”
“We were delighted to partner with the Centennial Conference and MAC on such a unique project,” said Skye Dillon, Principal of Skye Design Studios. “Our objectives were to raise the overall profile of the event through a single and consistent mark, equally represent each conference with typography and color, and clearly identify the event as a premier football series within NCAA Division III.”
Ticket prices will be $5 for adults and $2 for students. Special Olympics athletes and children under the age of six are admitted for free.
The Centennial Conference now holds a 5-4 advantage in the bowl series after sweeping the three games in 2018. The MAC won the first four games over the first two years of the annual event, but the Centennial Conference has won the last five games since 2017.
The two conferences will continue to support the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) partnership with Special Olympics by donating 25 percent of ticket revenue generated during the Bowl Series to the organization. Giving back to local and regional communities not only adds to the comprehensive learning component of Division III, but also provides a venue for passion and service.
NCAA rules permit a conference-sponsored postseason tournament – one between teams that are not identified until the end of the preceding regular season – not to exceed one contest for any one institution.
More information will be available on Sunday, November 17, following the announcement of the 32-team NCAA Division III championship field. Check back at our websites – www.centennial.org or http://gomacsports.com – for all the details.
For the complete history and results of the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series, click here.