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Mountain West Sends Seven Teams to Bowl Games in 2022

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West has placed seven teams in bowl games in 2022, marking the third time in four years with at least seven teams competing in the postseason.

Fresno State (Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl), Boise State (Frisco Bowl), San José State (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Air Force (Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl), San Diego State (EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl), Utah State (SERVPRO First Responder Bowl) and Wyoming (Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl) will represent the Mountain West in the postseason.

The Mountain West has earned 111 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 63-48 (.568) all-time record. Over the last 18 seasons, the league has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup a nation’s-best five times and owns the third-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences with a 56-40 (.583) mark.

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl presented by Stifel | Fresno State vs. Washington State

Saturday, December 17 | 12:30 p.m. PT | ABC

2022 Mountain West champion Fresno State (9-4, 7-1 MW) will face off against Washington State (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl presented by Stifel. The Bulldogs, who are coming off a 28-16 victory over Boise State in the 2022 MW Football Championship Game, are riding an eight-game win streak, tied for the fifth-longest active streak nationally. Fresno State and Washington State have met on four previous occasions, with the Cougars holding a 3-1 advantage. Fresno State is eligible for a postseason bowl game for the second time in as many seasons, marking the first time since 2017 and 2018 that the Bulldogs have made a bowl game in back-to-back seasons.

The Mountain West holds a 2-0 record against Washington State in bowl games, as Air Force won the 2019 Cheez-It Bowl (31-21) and Colorado State captured the 2013 New Mexico Bowl (48-45).

Frisco Bowl | Boise State vs. North Texas

Saturday, December 17 | 8:15 p.m. CT | ESPN

Boise State (9-4, 8-0 MW), which is bowl eligible for the 25th-consecutive season, will take on North Texas (7-6, 6-2 C-USA) on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Frisco Bowl. The Broncos and Mean Green are meeting for the first time since 2000, with both teams splitting the previous six contests (3-3). Boise State’s 25 straight seasons of bowl eligibility is the third-longest active streak nationally, trailing only Ohio State and Georgia.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl | San José State vs. Eastern Michigan

Tuesday, December 20 | 1:30 p.m. MT | ESPN

San José State (7-4, 5-3 MW) will meet Eastern Michigan (8-4, 5-3 MAC) on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Spartans and Eagles have met once in 1987, with EMU winning the lone matchup. SJSU is going to a bowl game for the first time since 2020. It will be head coach Brent Brennan’s second bowl game as head coach of the Spartans, and he is the first head coach to lead SJSU to two bowl games since Claude Gilbert in 1986 and 1987.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl | Air Force vs. Baylor

Thursday, December 22 | 6:30 p.m. CT | ESPN

Air Force (9-3, 5-3 MW) will put its three-game postseason win streak on the line against Baylor (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) on Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The Falcons, who are appearing in their 12th  bowl game under head coach Troy Calhoun, will face Baylor for a fourth time. The Bears are 3-0 against the Falcons.  

EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl | San Diego State vs. Middle Tennessee

Saturday, December 24 | 3 p.m. HT | ESPN

San Diego State (7-5, 5-3 MW) accepted a bid to play Middle Tennessee (7-5, 4-4 C-USA) on Saturday, Dec. 24, in the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl, marking the 12th time in the last 13 seasons the Aztecs have played in a bowl game. The Aztecs and Blue Raiders have not previously met.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl | Utah State vs. Memphis

Tuesday, December 27 | 2:15 p.m. CT | ESPN

Utah State (6-6, 5-3 MW), winners of five of its final seven games, will play Memphis (6-6, 3-5 AAC) on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. The Aggies are bowl eligible for the 10th time in the last 12 years. Utah State and Memphis will meet for the eighth time, with the Tigers holding a 4-3 advantage.

The Mountain West has a 17-11 all-time record against opponents from the American Athletic Conference.

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl | Wyoming vs. Ohio

Friday, December 30 | 2:30 p.m. MST | Barstool.TV

Wyoming (7-5, 5-3 MW) will meet Ohio (10-3, 7-1 MAC), who is coming off a defeat in the MAC championship game, in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30. 2022 marks the fifth time Wyoming has made a bowl game in the last seven seasons. The Cowboys are 2-0 against the Bobcats.

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