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Poinsettia Bowl 2014: San Diego State accepts bid to play Navy in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

SDSU will play a "home game" for as its bowl game for the second time in three seasons.

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Today the San Diego State Aztecs accepted the bid the play the Navy Midshipmen in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

The game will be played on Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. ESPN will air the game.

The Aztecs finished the season 7-5, 5-3 in the Mountain West. Notable games include their near-defeat of then-No. 21 North Carolina and their 30-14 home win against Air Force.

Navy, which accepted its bid on Nov. 28, are 6-5 and will play Army on Dec. 13. Notable games include its 31-24 win at Temple and its 49-39 loss to then-No. 10 Notre Dame (one could definitely argue Navy played the better game).

This is SDSU's fifth consecutive bowl game appearance -- a program record. SDSU played in the Poinsettia Bowl two years ago against BYU, and Aztec fans hope this game won't look anything like that ill-fated attempt to conquer the Cougars.

This is Navy's third consecutive bowl game. It beat Middle Tennessee 24-6 in last season's Bell Helicopter Armed Forced Bowl.

These two teams have met three times, with the Aztecs winning all three. The teams also have two common opponents from this year: San Jose State and Air Force. SDSU beat both teams. Navy handled the Spartans but lost 30-21 in Colorado Springs.

SDSU accepting this bid comes as no surprise. The athletic department even sent out a letter two days ago telling fans it would most likely play in the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Aztecs have won eight straight games at Qualcomm Stadium, their home turf, dating back to last season.

One would think this bowl game should draw a significant crowd. SDSU fans would obviously have an easier time driving a few miles to the Q than flying to another state, and San Diego has a significant population of those connected with the armed forces.

A litte over 35,000 fans attended SDSU's Poinsettia Bowl against BYU in 2012.