Mountain West's bowl options: New Mexico, Poinsettia, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Armed Forces

By Brian Murphy

The 10-team Mountain West has five bowl tie-ins for the 2012-13 season. The much-discussed four-team playoff system does not go into effect until the 2014 regular season, so there are two more seasons with the much-maligned Bowl Championship Series.

Unless Boise State — which is headed to the Big East in 2013 — qualifies for one of five BCS games, the Broncos are most likely headed to a Mountain West-affiliated bowl game.

The league has ties with the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 15), the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego (Dec. 20), the Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 22), the Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24) and the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas (Dec. 29).

The Broncos have played in the Las Vegas game each of the last two seasons, defeating Utah and Arizona State. The Broncos last played in the Poinsettia in 2008 (17-16 loss to TCU), the Hawaii in 2007 (41-38 loss to East Carolina) and the Armed Forces Bowl in 2003 (34-31 victory against TCU, then called the Fort Worth Bowl). The Broncos have not played in the New Mexico Bowl.

The Western Athletic Conference has just one bowl tie-in with Boise's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 15.

The Big East has bowl affiliations with St. Petersburg in Florida, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., the Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Fla., the Pinstripe Bowl in New York and the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. The Big East champion is assured a spot in a BCS game for 2012 and 2013.

2013 College Football Bowl Schedule

Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque (MWC vs. Pac-12), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise (MAC vs. WAC), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego (MWC vs. BYU), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 21 St. Petersburg Bowl at St. Petersburg, Fla. (Big East vs. C-USA), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl (C-USA vs. Sun Belt), Noon (ESPN)

Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl (MWC vs. Pac-12), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu (C-USA vs. MWC), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 26 Little Caesars Bowl at Detroit (Big Ten vs. MAC), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 27 Military Bowl at Washington (ACC vs. Army), 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 27 Belk Bowl at Charlotte, N.C. (ACC vs. Big East), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl at San Diego (Big 12 vs. Pac-12), 9:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 28 Independence Bowl at Shreveport, La. (ACC vs. SEC), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (ACC vs. Big East), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 28 Meineke Car Care Bowl at Houston (Big Ten vs. Big 12), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas (C-USA vs. MWC), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 29 Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco (Pac-12 vs. Navy), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl at New York (Big East vs. Big 12), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl at San Antonio (Big 12 vs. Pac-12), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 29 Valley of the Sun Bowl at Tempe, Ariz. (Big Ten vs. Big 12), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 31 Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn. (SEC vs. ACC), Noon (ESPN)

Dec. 31 Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas (ACC vs. Pac-12), 2 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn. (SEC/Big East/C-USA), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Atlanta (ACC vs. SEC), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 1 TicketCity Bowl at Dallas (Big Ten vs. C-USA), Noon (ESPNU)

Jan. 1 Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla. (SEC vs. Big Ten), Noon (ESPN2)

Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (SEC vs. Big Ten), 1 p.m. (TBA)

Jan. 1 Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla. (SEC vs. Big Ten), 1 p.m. (TBA)

Jan. 1 Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif. (BCS vs. BCS), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 1 Orange Bowl at Miami (BCS vs. BCS), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl at New Orleans (BCS vs. BCS), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz. (BCS vs. BCS), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl at Arlington, Texas (SEC vs. Big 12), 8 p.m. (FOX)

Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl at Birmingham, Ala. (Big East vs. SEC), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 6 Bowl at Mobile, Ala. (MAC vs. Sun Belt), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 7 BCS National Championship at Miami (BCS 1 vs. BCS 2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

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Improvement ?

Unless the Big East gets some new bowl tie-ins after 2014, i see no improvement over the current MWC bowl schedule.

um bird......

Do some research before you post....i.e. look up the payouts......

Does is matter now?


You fry wants with that?

Ties with

both the Big 12 and SEC are an improvement. See the Pinstripe Bowl (Dec 29), and BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan 5). Not being relegated to the Las Vegas Bowl in 2013 is also an improvement, and losing one game may not hurt as bad in the bowl picture.

Big east has 7 bowl tie-ins in 2012----

including bcs game. How many teams do they have----8?

Big East Tie-ins

The Liberty Bowl only uses the Big East as an alternate; they've only had a Big East team play there once in the last 6 years. Also, the Big East has had 6 bowl eligible teams 5 times out of the last 6 years, so they do need all those tie-ins, despite only having 8 teams.

That's the common misconception

Since the only thing people usually see of the Big East is that their champion always loses 3-4 games, they take that as proof that the Big East sucks, but the fact is that it's the most competitive conference in the country. Every other conference has two or three teams which are way above the rest of the conference, so they can easily post 10 wins a year without trying.

So while every other conference's champion is usually decided by one game (Oklahoma v. Texas, Ohio State v. Michigan, Boise State v. Nevada), the Big East are constantly beating up on each other every year, and by the end of the year there's a four-way tie at 9-3 with a couple 8-4 teams behind them. Thus, rarely in the top 10 but every team goes to a bowl.

Spot On

Also, every other conference has one or two bottom feeders with only one or two wins (Duke, Ole Miss, Indiana, etc). Syracuse used to be that team for the Big East, but not in recent years. No team had less than 5 wins last year in the Big East. The next highest 'bottom' team among all FBS conferences was at 3 wins. This will likely change when membership jumps to 12 (looking at you, Memphis), but like you say, the perceived weakness of the Big East is far overstated, and only exists when comparing top to top. The Big East is mathematically superior to the ACC and not all that far removed from the Pac-12 or Big 10.

here's the Big East's record vs other conferences

by the way, this is a pretty darn good and informative website to bookmark

Nice "get" for

Boise State, Idaho, and Idaho State.....

Does Boise State have an academic department too?


Boise's State University does have a library

so I am speculating that they also have an academic department of some type.

I know there are lots of evening and weekend clas$es on campus for working adults - such as I remember reading somewhere where you could earn a Degree in Rocket Engineering in 36 easy to go to clas$ sessions (two times a month for 18 months).

I guess the final is held in the summer time at the 50 yeard line in the Bronco Stadium with a long garden hose. You can connect the garden hose to your rockt launching base and then by activation some type of switch, can shoot the rocket. The higher it goes, the higher the grade. I understand one rocket got to be almost 100 feet last year and came down just outside the footbal field on the running track by the North 20 yeard line.

I understand many on-line clas$es are also available. These would be great clas$es for students learning to cook and earning credits for graduation by making a cup of ramen noodles or a tuna fish sandwich.

I sure wish we could have had thses type of academics when I went to college. We had those clas$es where you had to take notes, read books, make research paprs, and take examinations.

All this advancement of the quality of academics at BSU has sure changed all of that.

Go Broncos


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PS - Please folks - lets not get into a season long shooting war as to whether or not BSU has academics when in all reality it really makes no difference as to whether our beloved Bronco Football Team wins games or not. Lets just focus on the important things at BSU like the Bronco Football Team. All The rest is just meaningless fluff that has no impact on the success or failure of the Bronco Football Team. I mean, let's get real. When was the last time you saw a season ticket to BSU Graduation get sold to anybody. They give them away because nobody is ever gonna buy them. People aren't stupid. Spend money for tickests fo a good football game - yes. Spend money for tickets to a demonstration of the results of academics at BSU called graduation - nope - waste of good money that could be spent supporting the Bronco Football Team.

Boise State is Building a Fine Academic Program


This comment really is beneath you.

BSU has a good and improving engineering program. BSU has a good and improving business school. The football team's success is an aid to building the academic program, as was done at the University of Oklahoma and others.

There is no reason why a growing state like Idaho cannot have two fine universities, so improvement at BSU need not take away from U of I. BSU could never replace the fine Ag programs at UofI, for example, because BSU is inherently an urban campus. With the internet, there is no reason why the two universities could not work together on science and engineering subjects, or have different liberal arts programs, so that students could have a broader course catalog than either school could offer on its own.

The "academics" argument may have made sense a decade or more ago, when there were few quality alumni from the relatively new BSU. Now, it comes across as childish as your spelling games.

Great post, Cuhulin

Kudos to you.

you forgot the...

grapefruit and haircut bowls


You fry wants with that?