The Mountain West Conference announced Thursday its bowl agreements for the next six years.
The conference is finalizing agreements with eight different bowl games that in any given year will generate six or seven postseason opportunities for its institutions. These include primary positions in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and a secondary position with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
After a first selection by the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Mountain West will face a team from the Pac-12 each season, the Mountain West will collaborate with its bowl partners to determine the annual placement of teams, with an emphasis on geographic proximity, avoiding repeat trips by any one institution and creation of the most compelling match-ups for each market. In two years during the cycle, the Mountain West will rotate a team into the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to take on a Big Ten opponent - opening up the Las Vegas Bowl one year and the Hawaii Bowl in another.
The Mountain West has contracted with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to replace either the Big 12 or Pac-12 in the event one of those conferences does not place a team in any year during the cycle.
"We are excited about this new bowl model," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "The flexibility it offers helps maximize the best interests of our member institutions, coaches, student-athletes, fans and bowl partners."