Mountain West announces future bowl lineup, including bowl game in Los Angeles

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Mountain West will provide up to nine potential bowl opportunities for its member institutions beginning with the 2020 season.

The new six-year bowl lineup, which runs through the 2025-26 season, is highlighted by the addition of a bowl to be held in the new stadium in Los Angeles that will serve as home to the NFL’s Rams and Chargers. The new bowl in Los Angeles, which is expected to be named at a future date, will have the first selection from the Mountain West.

In accordance with NCAA parameters, the MW has six guaranteed bowl berths in the new cycle, including the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho), New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.), NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl (Tucson, Ariz.), SoFi Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) and an ESPN Events-operated bowl game, likely to be held in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

The MW has also partnered with the Cheez-It® Bowl (Phoenix) and another bowl, expected to be announced in the near future. The Mountain West will provide a representative to one of these events if their primary partners are unable to fill one of the slots.

All the MW bowl agreements are in addition to the College Football Playoff and its other New Year’s Bowls

“We’re very pleased with our bowl lineup for the next cycle,” MW Commissioner Craig Thompson said. “We feel we have an exceptional group of bowl partners. We’re adding a game at the new, state-of-the-art stadium in Los Angeles, which is very exciting. Plus, we’ll be in some familiar locations with many long-time bowl partners. These partnerships are going to provide the Mountain West with attractive bowl destinations, exciting matchups and an improved financial situation for our members.”

Mountain West Bowl Partners, 2020-2026

  • College Football Playoff
  • Los Angeles (Bowl name TBA) vs. TBA, Los Angeles
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC, Boise, Idaho
  • New Mexico Bowl vs. C-USA, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. MAC, Tucson, Ariz.
  • SoFi Hawai’i Bowl vs. AAC or C-USA, Honolulu
  • ESPN Events-operated bowl, likely in Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex
  • Cheez-It® Bowl vs. Big Ten or Big 12, Phoenix*
  • TBA*

* MW will send a representative if one of the bowls cannot fill both its slots.

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