This season’s college bowl game schedule is out, and the Mountain West has six bowl ties — one more than last year.
The bowls are: New Mexico, Las Vegas, Famous Idaho Potato, Hawaii, Poinsettia and Armed Forces.
The new edition is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, which the Western Athletic Conference had a tie with last year.
Here is the link to the complete bowl list: http://footballbowlassociation.com/bowls/13fba_schedule.pdf
A couple of notes about this year’s bowl schedule:
–Five of the six MW bowls are located where the league has schools. The Armed Forces Bowl is the exception. That is in Fort Worth, Texas, at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium.
–All six bowls will be on national TV. Five of the six on ESPN, and the Las Vegas Bowl will be on ABC.
–If the MW fills its bowl allotment it will send six of of its 12 teams to bowls. The most the league has sent to bowl games is five, which it has done every year since 2007.
–Two bowls — Poinsettia in San Diego and Armed Forces — have ties with Army and Navy if those teams are bowl eligible. That likely takes Air Force out of the mix for those two games since they all play during the regular season.
–The first day of the bowl season is Saturday, Dec. 21. Four bowls will be played that day, and three of them involve the MW — New Mexico, Las Vegas and Famous Idaho Potato. The Armed Forces bowl is the final of the MW’s bowls on Dec. 30.
–The MW will face Pac-12 teams in two bowls (New Mexico and Las Vegas); Mid-American Conference in one (Famous Idaho Potato); Conference USA in one (Hawaii) and the already mentioned bowls with Army and Navy.
–I pose two questions to you: Do you think Wyoming will go to a bowl game this season, and which one do you think it will be? I think there is a good chance, and right now I think it will either be the Famous Idaho Potato or Armed Forces.