By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team appears set to accept an invitation from the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on Sunday.
Nevada accepted an invite from the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Saturday. The bowl was able to choose between Nevada and Boise State, but the Broncos and their fans made it clear they preferred to go to Las Vegas.
"With the No. 1 pick in the WAC, we were fortunate to have two very attractive options — Nevada and Boise State,” executive director Gary Cavalli said in the press release. “These are two exciting, high-scoring teams, both ranked in the top 15 in the country. But Nevada won it on the field, and they were clearly more excited about coming to San Francisco.”
Boise State can’t accept a bowl berth until the Bowl Championship Series releases the Broncos on Sunday. The Las Vegas game has said it expects Boise State or Nevada to fill its opening opposite No. 21 Utah. A Utes player tweeted Saturday that they had been informed that Boise State would be the opponent.
The Maaco Bowl Las Vegas is Dec. 22. The Kraft bowl is Jan. 9.
“The San Francisco bowl sounds awesome and I think San Francisco is a great city,” Boise State defensive end Ryan Winterswyk said. “But we already know who’s in the Las Vegas bowl — they’ll be a good team to play, and an earlier game. I’m not a huge fan of waiting around for the bowl. Jan. 9 — that’s a long time.
“I’d love to play Utah. That would be awesome.”