By Brian Murphy
The 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be held on Dec. 15 and kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Mountain time. The game, held at Boise State's Bronco Stadium, is on the first day of bowl season for the third consecutive year. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
The Famous Potato Bowl pits a team from the Western Athletic Conference against a team from the Mid-American Conference. Ohio defeated Utah State 24-23 in the 2011 game. The game averaged 2.4 million viewers on ESPN.
“The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has a history of competitive and entertaining games and continues to be an integral part of the opening day of Bowl Week,” said Kurt Dargis, ESPN director of programming and acquisitions, in a release sent by the bowl.
“With another premier, pre-holiday time slot, we’ll be able to continue our history of strong ratings and quality fan experiences," said Kevin McDonald, the executive director of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, in a release sent by the bowl. “The earlier date and start time increases the likelihood of warmer temperatures and maximizes fan interest without the interruption of holiday festivities.”
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