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BYU accepts bowl bids… for 2012 & 2013

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BYU is still four days away from their highly-anticipated New Mexico Bowl matchup with UTEP, but the Cougars already know where they’ll be bowling (maybe) in 2012 and 2013.

According to a press release issued by the school, BYU has reached agreements to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in 2012 and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2013 if they are bowl eligible and are not selected for a BcS game.

The ’12 postseason game could have some interesting subplots as BYU will face a member of the Mountain West Conference; the Mormon school is leaving the MWC on June 30, 2011, for football independence, a move that’s obviously paying immediate and huge dividends based on the newly-announced bowl tie-ins.

“We are thrilled to have a relationship with these outstanding bowls. It’s an important step for our football program as we begin playing an independent schedule,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe in a statement. “Both bowls are located in destination cities that appreciate great football tradition. BYU enjoys a large fan base in Southern California and the Bay Area. I’m excited for fans in those areas to have the opportunity to see our team play.”

“We’re thrilled to have the Cougars set to play in the eighth annual bowl game,” said San Diego Bowl Game Association president Eric Graves. “BYU played a significant role in the growth and success of the Holiday Bowl. It’s so fitting that they, along with their incredibly loyal fans, will join us and participate in San Diego’s newer game, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.”

BYU would likely play a team from the soon-to-be Pac-12 in the ’13 bowl game.

“We’ve had our eye on BYU for a long time, dating back to when our game had the Mountain West as a partner,” said Gary Cavalli, co-founder and executive director of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. “I’m grateful to BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe, who I have known since our days together at Stanford, and to WAC commissioner Karl Benson, for their cooperation in making this happen. Our bowl will continue to have a backup agreement with the WAC in 2011, 2012 and 2013.”

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11 Responses to “BYU accepts bowl bids… for 2012 & 2013”
  1. lucky5927 says: Dec 15, 2010 10:37 AM

    So now crappy bowl games can call dibbs on teams years in advance?

    BTW, love the sarcasm about the highly anticipated bowl match-up!

  2. smokehouse56 says: Dec 15, 2010 11:06 AM

    Just what the hell is a “crappy bowl game?”

  3. drexelvol says: Dec 15, 2010 11:21 AM

    So it’s Navy vs. BYU in the 2012, if they’re eligible.

  4. lucky5927 says: Dec 15, 2010 12:19 PM

    What is a crappy bowl game… gee, how about any 6-6 team versus another 6-6 team. Who cares about celebrating mediocrity!

  5. edgy says: Dec 15, 2010 1:06 PM

    lucky5927 says:

    So now crappy bowl games can call dibbs on teams years in advance?


    This year’s Poinsettia Bowl is Navy (9-3) vs SD State (8-4). This year’s Fight Hunger Bowl is Nevada (12-1) vs BC (7-5). See any 6-6 vs 6-6 matchups there?

  6. lucky5927 says: Dec 15, 2010 1:25 PM

    Umm,, BYU and Utep are both 6-6 (as mentioned in the first paragraph of this article as opponents in the New Mexico Bowl), hence the comment about 6-6 records. Although, I am not overly excited about the two bowl games you mentioned above either. The Bowl games are terrible as a whole. They really need to do away with tie in’s and just invite teams they want to play in their game, and then let that team decide which bowl they want to play in. I also feel they should lower the number of bowl games by a 3rd. Finally, I don’t feel like any team that is 6-6 or 7-5 (with a win against a 1-AA) should be allowed to play in a bowl game.

  7. edgy says: Dec 15, 2010 1:44 PM

    lucky5927 says:


    Bowl tie-ins ARE what the bowls WANT. If they can’t get a tie-in with a BCS conference, they’re going to go for the most attractive matchup and BYU is a ticket seller in San Diego. As for the New Mexico, hey, it happens. They don’t always get a 6-6 and other more “prestigious” bowls have had their share of 6-6, as well. Heck, these so-called crappy bowls produce some fun games. Last year’s New Mexico between 8-4 Fresno and 6-6 Wyoming went into double OT and New Mexico won 35-28.

    Your I-AA criteria would kill a lot of BCS teams, as well so be careful of what you wish for or else you’ll get it. Actually, it could get even worse in a few years because the Big 10 plans on going to 9 conference games and THAT is going to hurt them and we’ll see the waiver for a 5-7 team in a couple of years.

  8. lucky5927 says: Dec 15, 2010 2:20 PM

    So how exactly would not counting 1-AA wins hurt BCS teams? It would only hurt the mediocre BCS teams. Which means they have to schedule more division 1-A opponents. I am sure the Big Ten will adjust accordingly. They are after all, “Legends and Leaders”. haha. Personally, I am happy for you that you find enjoyment in such low level games. The ratings prove that you are in the minority for those low level bowl games though. I am sure the bowls WANT the tie in’s. But that doesn’t make for interesting games. I would rather see a tightened up criteria than a watered down bowl season, again!

  9. mrcowpatty says: Dec 15, 2010 3:24 PM

    BYU now can have its cake and it it to. Guaranteed money!

  10. mrcowpatty says: Dec 15, 2010 3:25 PM

    eat it, sorry.

  11. edgy says: Dec 15, 2010 4:20 PM

    lucky5927 says:


    You need to take a course to understand ratings but here’s something that may help you:

    1. Many of the smaller bowls are played at a time that screams low ratings, no matter who plays in them.

    2. With the exception of the Rose and the championship game, all the other bowls, even the BCS bowls aren’t busting ratings records. The Bengals could schedule a game against all of them and come out and scratch their asses for 3 hours and draw double the ratings that they get for all the bowls.

    3. Bowls that are played on ESPN during the day won’t show up on any ratings chart so it’s pretty hard for you to say that anyone is watching.

    4. Bowls are fun to watch. Hell, football is fun to watch. I really hate it when people think that there has to be some reason to watch the game. I like watching I-AA games and lower because those guys really aren’t playing to impress snobs like you.

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