ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Mountain West Conference on Thursday announced its list of bowl tie-ins for the six-year cycle beginning next year. Here’s Commissioner Craig Thompson discussing it.
Note that the Mountain West’s relationship with the Bahamas Bowl apparently is more tenuous than originally announced.
According to the Mountain West news release, the conference will have primary positions with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. It will have a secondary position with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, in which an MWC team would replace a Big 12 or Pac-12 teams if one or the other does not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill that spot.
“In addition,” the release reads, “The MW will work in concert with several other conferences and ESPN Regional Television to fill and/or back-up spots in a cross-section of eight other bowl games nationally.”
Also, the new College Football Playoff gives the Mountain West a chance to qualify for a CFP bowl game. The highest-rated champion of the five non-CFP conferences — Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt, Mid-American, American Athletic — is guaranteed a slot.