Mountain West bowl news: No announcements until Dec. 8

Ethan Miller

It will be highly unlikely that the official bowl announcements for the Mountain West will be made prior to Dec. 8.

Normally, the week heading up to conference championship Saturday some of the Mountain West bowl bids would have already been filled, but with the league now having their own title game all announcements are on hold. Sunday Dec. 8 is when the Mountain West team will figure out what bowl game they will be going to, and maybe one will find itself on the outside looking in.

This year is more difficult with there already being more bowl teams available then slots, and also a few more teams could earn the honor of being .500 which could get them into a bowl game if their conference has spaces open.

The only Mountain West team that has the popularity to be taken over some of the other at-large teams is Boise State, and even in a down year an 8-4 Broncos team is still a fairly hot commodity. Boise State could possibly be heading to an AAC affiliated bowl, but it could come down to what happens Saturday with Rutgers and SMU, both need just one more win to become bowl eligible. There could be some negotiations after the SMU game since their game against 10-1 is Central Florida is a noon Eastern kick.

There are seven spots for the American which include their BCS bid, and right now there are four bowl eligible teams right now and they will only be able to get six teams to become bowl eligible so there will still be a spot for an at-large berth.

It is possible that the Mountain West may have the destination for one team before Sunday -- and that team is likely Boise State -- but all of the Mountain West bowl tie-ins will be known throughout the day on Sunday.

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