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Matt Wells Talks Arizona Bowl On Talkin’ Sports

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Matt Wells Talks Arizona Bowl On Talkin’ Sports

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West is sending six teams to postseason bowl games in 2017, marking the 11th consecutive year the MW has sent at least five teams to the postseason. The Conference has earned 84 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 46-38 (.548) all-time record.

Over the last 13 seasons, the Mountain West owns the third-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences (.565), trailing only the SEC (.644) and Pac-12 (.566).

2017 Mountain West Champion Boise State (10-3, 7-1 MW) will play in its 16th consecutive bowl game when it takes on Oregon (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, December 16. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT on ABC and the game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Broncos’ 16-year bowl streak is best among Group of 5 institutions and sixth-best nationally, behind Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech. The Broncos lead the series 2-0 over the Ducks, with their last victory coming on September 3, 2009.

Colorado State (7-5, 5-3 MW) will appear in its fifth-straight bowl game when it takes on Marshall (7-5, 4-4 C-USA) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 16. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. This is the first time since 1999-2003 that CSU has gone to a bowl game in five consecutive seasons. All-time, CSU has played in 16 bowl games, including 15 since 1990. This will be the first contest between Colorado State and Marshall.

Wyoming (7-5, 5-3 MW) will play Central Michigan (8-4, 6-2 MAC) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday, December 22 at 2 p.m. MT on ESPN. Overall, this is Wyoming’s 15th bowl game and first appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. After going to the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl last year, the Cowboys are going to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 1987-88. The Cowboys and Chippewas will be meeting for the third time, with the series tied at 1-1.

San Diego State (10-2, 6-2 MW), which is led by Rashaad Penny, one of the nation’s most dynamic players, will play in a school-record eighth consecutive bowl game, 13th overall, when it takes on Army (8-3 overall) in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, December 23 on ESPN. The Aztecs have collected double-digit wins in three straight seasons and are one victory away from equaling a school-record 11th win (also accomplished in 1966, 1969, 2015 and 2016). SDSU is 2-0 all-time against Army, winning its last meeting in 2012 (42-7).

Fresno State (9-4, 7-1 MW) has qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2014 and will play Houston (7-4, 5-3 AAC) in the Hawai‘i Bowl on Sunday, December 24 on ESPN. The Bulldogs, who are coming off a 17-14 defeat to Boise State in the 2017 Mountain West Football Championship Game, have the nation’s largest win improvement in 2017 (+8), while the Cougars are 3-3 in their last six games. The Bulldogs, who have a 12-14 overall bowl record, are 0-2 in the Hawai‘i Bowl, losing in 2014 to Rice (30-6) and to SMU in 2012 (43-10). This will be the first meeting between Fresno State and Houston.

Utah State (6-6, 4-4 MW) will make its sixth trip to the postseason in the last seven years when it takes on New Mexico State (6-6, 4-4 Sun Belt) in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Friday, December 29 at 3:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network. USU, which has won three of its last four bowl games, has compiled a 4-6 record in bowl games and will be playing in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl for the first time. Utah State holds a 30-7 advantage in the series against NMSU, which dates back to 1960. NMSU is playing in its first bowl game since December 31, 1960, where it defeated Utah State in the Sun Bowl (20-13).

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