Posted: 12:48 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013
By Hank Corless
The Christmas Bowl website has posted information about a Mountain West Conference and the Pac-12, and the last obstacle pending is the expected bowl approval by the NCAA next spring. The Christmas Bowl would join the current system of 35 bowls within the expanding ranks of Division I FBS football.
Here is the information from the Christmas Bowl website featuring the Mountain West and Pac-12 matchup:
The MW and Pac-12 have both been looking for another bowl arrangement for their individual conferences. The MW has agreements with six bowls and the PAC-12 has wanted to ensure they have eight in case they have eight teams eligible for bowl games. The exact matchup is unknown, but prior information suggest it is the Pac-12 No. 7 and one of the Mountain West top three schools.
What better place could be more centrally located within the geographic area for the Mountain West than the Los Angeles Coliseum, located in the heart of one of the top recruiting markets of high school and JC talents, and in the second largest television market in the country?
MWC bowl tie-ins have been the subject recent of recent articles here as the conference has solidified its post season schedule. The MW bowl lineup for the 2013-2019 seasons:
Las Vegas (Pac-12)
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia (Navy in 2014, BYU and Army from 2015 on)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (C-USA)
Gildan New Mexico (C-USA)
Sheraton Hawaii (American/Conference USA)
Famous Idaho Potato (Mid-American)
LA Christmas Bowl (Pac-12 or BYU)
The Christmas Bowl gives the MWC two bowl games against BCS teams (PAC-12). All seven of those bowls are in home or neutral territory and all are great travel sites for MW fans. Two of those bowls are in California, one in Hawaii, one in Idaho, one in New Mexico, one in Las Vegas, and one in talent-rich Texas.
Oh, and Mountain West fans who head down to the Christmas Bowl won’t need to lug all that cold weather gear. LA’s moderate temperature in December averages a daily high of 68° so bring sun screen instead.
And why not throw in a pair of swimming trunks and a beach towel while you’re it?