Akron: The Zips reached the Mid-American Conference championship game for the first time since 2005. They lost the MAC championship game 45-28 to Toledo.
Florida Atlantic: After going 3-9 each of the last three years, Florida Atlantic captured the Conference USA title this season under new coach Lane Kiffin. The Owls have won nine straight and now play a bowl game at their home stadium.
This is the first meeting between Akron and Florida Atlantic.
Akron: First Boca Raton Bowl appearance and fourth bowl berth overall.
Florida Atlantic: First Boca Raton Bowl berth and third bowl appearance overall. This marks Florida Atlantic’s first bowl game since a 2008 Motor City Bowl victory.
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