While the Mountain West will have a record eight teams going to a bowl game, there is a downside to this record. San Jose State earned an invite with a 5-7 record and then Nevada and Colorado State will face up in a conference matchup in their bowl game.
We will get to those details later, but here is the bowl lineup and schedule for the conference.
Cure Bowl, Saturday Dec. 19, CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. ET: San Jose State vs. Georgia State (Sun Belt)
New Mexico Bowl, Saturday Dec. 19, ESPN, 2 p.m. ET: New Mexico vs. Arizona (Pac-12)
Potato Bowl, Tuesday Dec. 22, ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET: Utah State vs. Akron (MAC)
Poinsettia Bowl, Wednesday Dec. 23, ESPN, 4:30 p.m. ET: Boise State vs. Northern Illinois (MAC)
Hawaii Bowl, Thursday Dec. 24, ESPN, 8 p.m. ET: San Diego State vs. Cincinnati (AAC)
Armed Forces Bowl, Tuesday Dec. 29, ESPN, 2 p.m. ET: Air Force vs. Cal (Pac-12)
Arizona Bowl, Tuesday Dec. 29, American Sports Network/Campus Insiders, 7:30 p.m. ET: Nevada vs. Colorado State
There are things to like and not like in this bowl lineup. Obviously the conference game is not good for a bowl game, the conference or for the fans. The many afternoon weekday kickoffs also are no help for the fans and conference. A few plus sides to these games is that the matchups are solid.
Cal vs. Air Force will be a fun contradictory style of play, Boise State vs. Northern Illinois will feature two teams from their respective conferences which have been the model of consistency for over a decade. San Diego State's defense will be tested by Cincinnati's passing attack.
We will have bowl coverage all season long at our bowl hub, so make sure to check back on this page here for updates on the games.