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Gildan New Mexico Bowl still first bowl game of the year

The first game of the college football postseason will once again be the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, announced ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

The annual bowl game will be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque on Saturday, Dec. 21, at noon and televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio. The eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Pac-12 and Mountain West Conference.

“This is a tremendous time slot for this event and our community,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl executive director. “It is becoming a bit of a tradition around here to kick off the bowl season on a Saturday afternoon in New Mexico. We look forward to once again setting the tone for a few great weeks of college football.”

Last year’s college football postseason began in Albuquerque for the fourth consecutive year.

The Gildan New Mexico Bowl set a high standard with one of the best and most exciting games of the bowl season last year with the Pac-12’s Arizona Wildcats and Nevada Wolf Pack representing the Mountain West.


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The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes to come from behind for a thrilling 49-48 victory in a game that saw many offensive bowl records fall.

Tickets for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl range from $25-$40 and are available at the UNM ticket office and at