By Chadd Cripe
Ball State has passed on an opportunity to play Boise State in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl.
The decision almost certainly sends Boise State to the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 in San Diego. The Broncos will play TCU. However, that game can't be announced until Sunday because both teams are being held for consideration by the BCS.
"Everyone understood and worked hard to see if there were scenarios that made sense to see if the game could get played," MAC commissioner Rick Chryst said, "but probably in the end, at least from a MAC perspective, I think the importance of our own bowl relationships and the proximity of those games for Ball State probably were the factors that keep Ball State in our bowl mix for this year."
Said Humanitarian Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald: “It’s unfortunate for college football that we are not able to put together these two unbeaten and nationally ranked teams in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl. There was some good creativity, flexibility and enterprise among all the potential participants to try to make this thing happen, but in the end it couldn’t be worked out."
The Humanitarian Bowl likely will have Nevada (7-5) and Maryland (7-5).