Wyoming officially accepted its invitation to the New Mexico Bowl Monday in a news conference at the Wildcatter Suites at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys play Temple at noon on Dec. 17.
Everyone I talked to from UW said this was where it expected to play, and are happy. The Independence Bowl had the third choice from the MW, while New Mexico had the fourth. But the Independence went with Missouri and North Carolina, yet UW athletics director Tom Burman didn’t feel snubbed.
Burman said there wasn’t a big difference in the two financially. Even though the Independence has a better payout per team, its tickets are more expensive and each school’s ticket obligation is more demanding that New Mexico. Plus, being on Dec. 26, it was doubtful many UW fans would go, and travel costs to Shreveport, La., where the Independence Bowl would be higher for most UW fans.
The players also seemed to like the destination and opponent.
“This is a big deal to us to play int he postseason,” senior center Brandon Self said. “We were excited to find out who we get to play. We like playing against good defenses and Temple certainly has a good defense.”
Temple held teams to 13.3 points per game, which was third in the nation.