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MOUNTAIN WEST BOWL SYNOPSIS


The number of postseason appearances for the Mountain West will be driven by on-the-field performance, starting with the opportunity to play in the national semifinals or another New Year's Day bowl game as part of the new College Football Playoff arrangement. The highest-rated champion from among the five non-contracted conferences (American, C-USA, MAC, MW, Sun Belt, or chosen by the playoff selection committee) is guaranteed a slot in the system. In the 15 seasons since the league's inception, the Mountain West's champion or a current MW member has secured that position 11 times, placing teams in the Fiesta (2), Rose and Sugar (2) Bowls during that period.

The MW also has agreements with eight (8) different bowl games that in any given year will generate six (6) or seven (7) postseason opportunities for its member institutions. These include primary positions in some or all years with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and Hawai‘i Bowl - and a secondary position with the Valley of the Sun Bowl.

The Mountain West will collaborate with the bowl partners to place all eligible teams with consideration given to matchup, geography and historical considerations (e.g., last time a team participated in any bowl or a particular bowl). NOTE: The MW is the primary backup for the Valley of the Sun Bowl if the Big 12 or Pac-12 does not fill.


 

2014 MW Bowl Line-up

Bowl Details Bowl Details
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL
  • Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. PT
  • Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 36,800
  • City: Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Network: ABC
  • Opponent: Pac-12 Selection
  • 2013 game: USC 45, Fresno State 20
  • Website: LVBowl.com
  • Executive Director: John Saccenti
  • Manager, Media Relations: Mark Wallington
  • Phone: (702) 732-3912
Hawaii Bowl HAWAI‘I BOWL
  • Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014
  • Time: 3 p.m. HT
  • Stadium: Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 50,000
  • City: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Network: ESPN
  • Opponent: Conference USA Selection
  • 2013 game: Oregon State 38, Boise State 23
  • Website: HawaiiBowl.ESPNEvents.com
  • Executive Director: David A.K. Matlin
  • Coordinator, Media Relations: Derek Inouchi
  • Phone: (808) 523-3688
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL
  • Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. PT
  • Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 66,000
  • City: San Diego, Calif.
  • Network: ESPN
  • Opponent: Navy/MAC Selection
  • 2013 game: Utah State 21, Northern Illinois 14
  • Website: PoinsettiaBowl.com
  • Executive Director: Bruce Binkowski
  • Director of Communications: Susan Reid
  • Phone: (619) 285-5061
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
  • Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • Time: 3:45 p.m. MT
  • Stadium: Albertsons Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 36,387
  • City: Boise, Idaho
  • Network: ESPN
  • Opponent: MAC Selection
  • 2013 game: San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24
  • Website: FamousIdahoPotatoBowl.com
  • Executive Director: Kevin McDonald
  • Media Relations Contact: Michelle Smith
  • Phone: (208) 424-1011
Gildan New Mexico Bowl GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
  • Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • Time: 12:20 p.m. MT
  • Stadium: University Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 37,235
  • City: Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Network: ESPN
  • Opponent: Conference USA Selection
  • 2013 game: Colorado State 48, Washington State 45
  • Website: GildanNewMexicoBowl.com
  • Executive Director: Jeff Siembieda
  • Media Relations Director: RaeAnn McKernan
  • Phone: (505) 925-5999
Heart of Dallas Bowl R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS
  • Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • Time: 10 a.m. CT
  • Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Stadium Capacity: 72,003
  • City: New Orleans, La.
  • Network: ESPN
  • Opponent: Sun Belt Selection
  • 2013 game: Louisiana 24, Tulane 21
  • Website: NewOrleansBowl.org
  • Executive Director: Billy Ferrante
  • PR/Media Relations Manager: Cyone Batiste

ABOUT THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, college football will enter a new era when a postseason playoff will begin. The format is simple: top four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games, and a national championship game played in a different city each year. Each semifinal will be played during the New Year's holiday with the national championship game in prime time on a Monday night at least a week later.

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

A selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on their performances during the regular season, including strength of schedule, head-to-head results, championships won, and other factors. The teams will be seeded so that #1 will play #4 in one semifinal and #2 will meet #3 in the other, with the winners advancing to the national championship game.

THE ROTATION

The semifinals will rotate among six different bowls, extending the experience to more fans. In the years when the bowls are not hosting semifinals, the bowls will feature eight other teams in four compelling matchups.


 

College football Playoff Schedule

Year Sugar Rose Orange Cotton Peach Fiesta Championship
2014-15 Semifinal
(Jan. 1)
Semifinal
(Jan. 1)
Orange
(Dec. 31)
Cotton
(Jan. 1)
Peach
(Dec. 31)
Fiesta
(Dec. 31)
Arlington, Texas
(Jan. 12)
2015-16 Sugar
(Jan. 1)
Rose
(Jan. 1)
Semifinal
(Dec. 31)
Semifinal
(Dec. 31)
Peach
(Dec. 31)
Fiesta
(Jan. 1)
Glendale, Ariz.
(Jan. 11)
2016-17 Sugar
(Jan. 2)
Rose
(Jan. 2)
Orange
(Dec. 31)
Cotton
(Jan. 2)
Semifinal
(Dec. 31)
Semifinal
(Dec. 31)
Tampa, Fla.
(Jan. 9)
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