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BYU now knows where they’ll be bowling for next three years

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Before they had even played in their 2010 bowl game, BYU 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 do not qualify for a BcS berth.

Today, the now-football independent has learned where they’ll be bowling following the 2011 season as well.

Again, provided they are bowl eligible and do not qualify for a BcS berth, the Cougars will play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, the school announced Wednesday.  The ninth edition of the bowl game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

“We are pleased to announce the relationship with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl,” said BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe in a statement. “When we announced our football program was going independent, we recognized it would be a challenge given the timing to secure a bowl affiliation for 2011. As an institution, we have a lot respect for the service academies and the individuals who protect our country. We are privileged to participate in a game that honors the men and women of our armed forces.”

BYU, which will compete as an independent in football this year after a long association with the Mountain West Conference, will play an opponent from Conference USA in their 2011 bowl game.

Speaking of the MWC, the conference had originally had an agreement in place with the Armed Forces Bowl for 2011, but, due to defections — BYU for independence, Utah for the Pac-12 — the league was forced to pare down from five its bowl commitments and voluntarily vacated its spot.

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5 Responses to “BYU now knows where they’ll be bowling for next three years”
  1. sf987 says: Apr 27, 2011 7:15 PM

    wow, the grass IS greener on the other side!! The next team to go Independent can lock up an agreement for the Independence Bowl in Shreveport

  2. quixotissimo says: Apr 27, 2011 11:13 PM

    It may be a middling bowl game, but BYU, as an independent religious school will make plenty more money in this bowl game than a more “prestigious” bowl game if they were a part of the MWC. Teams typically split the bowl revenues with the rest of their conference, and since Utah and TCU left and the MWC lost any chance of becoming a BcS conference it no longer made financial sense for the Cougars to hitch their wagon to the MWC train any longer.

  3. olskool711 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:40 AM

    Wow, you pro-BCS guys are right! This system really does work better.

    We have a team that has been horrible and has dramatically underperformed the past few years announcing next years bowl selection.

    Wow.

  4. mrcowpatty says: Apr 28, 2011 1:26 PM

    Now they can schedule the likes of San Jose St. and the Idaho’s of the world so they can go undefeated. Can you say, “National Champion”

  5. olskool711 says: Apr 28, 2011 2:23 PM

    Can we sign up for the Rose Bowl?

    Sincerely,
    Portland State University

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