Mountain West Sends Seven Teams to Bowl Games in 2022


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The Mountain West has placed seven teams in bowl games in 2022, marking the third time in four years that at least seven teams have competed in the postseason.

Fresno State (Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl), Boise State (Frisco Bowl), San Jose State (famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Air Force (Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl), San Diego State (EasyPost Hawaii 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 received 111 bowl bids since 1999 and holds an all-time record of 63-48 (.568). In the past 18 seasons, the league has won the Bowl Challenge Cup five times as the nation’s top team and has the third best bowl game winning percentage of the 10 FBS conferences with a mark of 56-40 (.583).

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

Saturday 17 December | 12:30 p.m. PT | ABC
2022 Mountain West champions Fresno State (9-4, 7-1 MW) will face Washington State (7-5, 4- 5 Pac-12) compete. The Bulldogs, who earn a 28-16 win over Boise State in the 2022 MW Football Championship Game, are on an eight-game winning streak that ranks as the fifth-longest active streak nationally. Fresno State and Washington State have already met four times, with the Cougars holding a 3-1 lead. Fresno State is qualified for a postseason bowl game for the second time in as many seasons, which is the first time since 2017 and 2018 that the Bulldogs have made a bowl game in consecutive 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 17 December | 8:15 p.m. CT | ESPN
Boise State (9-4, 8-0 MW), scheduled for the 25ththstraight season, meets North Texas (7-6, 6-2 C-USA) in the Frisco Bowl on Saturday, December 17. The Broncos and Mean Green meet for the first time since 2000, with both teams splitting the previous six contests (3-3). Boise State’s 25 consecutive seasons of bowl eligibility is the third-longest active streak nationally, behind Ohio State and Georgia.

Famous Potato Bowl from Idaho | State of San Jose vs. Eastern Michigan

Tuesday, December 20 | 1:30 p.m. MT | ESPN
San Jose State (7-4, 5-3 MW) meets Eastern Michigan (8-4, 5-3 MAC) in the famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday, December 20. The Spartans and the Eagles met once in 1987, with the EMU winning the only duel. SJSU is going to a bowl game for the first time since 2020. She will be head coach Brent Brennans 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 Shell | Luftwaffe versus Baylor

Thursday 22 December | 6:30 p.m. CT | ESPN
The Air Force (9-3, 5-3 MW) will resume their postseason three-game winning streak against Baylor (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) on Thursday, December 22 at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces game put bowl. The Falcons, who are in their 12th seasonth Bowl game under head coach Troy CalhounHe will face Baylor for the fourth time. The Bears are 3-0 against the Falcons.

EasyPost Hawaii Shell | San Diego State vs. Central Tennessee

Saturday December 24 | 3 p.m. HT | ESPN
San Diego State (7-5, 5-3 MW) accepted an offer to play Middle Tennessee (7-5, 4-4 C-USA) in the EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl on Saturday, December 24, which marks the 12thth times in the last 13 seasons have the Aztecs played in a bowl game. The Aztecs and Blue Raiders have not met before.

SERVPRO First Aid Shell | State of Utah vs. Memphis

Tuesday, December 27 | 2:15 p.m. CT | ESPN
Utah State (6-6, 5-3 MW), winner of five of its last seven games, plays Memphis (6-6, 3-5 AAC) in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27. The Aggies are bowl eligible for the 10thth times in the last 12 years. Utah State and Memphis meet for the eighth time, with the Tigers holding a 4-3 lead.

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

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl | Wyoming vs. Ohio

Friday December 30 | 2:30 p.m. MST | Bar stool.TV
Wyoming (7-5, 5-3 MW) meets Ohio (10-3, 7-1 MAC), who are suffering a loss in the MAC championship game, on Friday, December 30 in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. 2022 marks the fifth time Wyoming has made a bowl game in the past seven seasons. The Cowboys are 2-0 against the Bobcats.