BOISE - The nation's longest-running cold weather bowl game returns for its 21st year in Boise on Friday, Dec. 22, and will feature two teams making their first appearances in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Wyoming Cowboys (7-5, 5-3 MWC) and Central Michigan Chippewas (8-4, 6-2 MAC) will meet on the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium with kickoff set for 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

The Cowboys finished second behind Boise State in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference, and features future NFL draft pick Josh Allen. The junior quarterback injured his throwing shoulder on Nov. 11, but said this week that he is 90 percent better and is hoping to play in the bowl game. Without Allen at the helm, Wyoming had a disappointing end to the season, losing its final two games.

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Meanwhile, Central Michigan comes into the bowl riding a five-game win streak. The Chippewas finished second in the West Division of the Mid-American conference behind conference champion Toledo. The Potato Bowl will be the program's fourth-consecutive bowl, and its first time playing in Boise since 2001, when the Chippewas lost to Boise State, 26-10.

The game marks the third-ever meeting between Wyoming and Central Michigan, with each team winning one game in the series.

GAME INFORMATION

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

  • Wyoming vs. Central Michigan
  • Friday, Dec. 22
  • Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
  • Kickoff: 2 p.m. MT

ON TV

The game will be televised on ESPN, which can be found on the following channels:

  • Cable One: Channel 133 / 1133 (HD)
  • DirecTV: Channel 206
  • Dish Network: Channel 140
  • Cox: Channel 32

TICKETS

Tickets are available on the bowl's website. Fans can also buy tickets through Wyoming and Central Michigan's websites to ensure they sit with like-minded fans. Individual tickets range in price from $20 to $75.

BOWL WEEK EVENTS

The teams will arrive in Boise on Monday, Dec. 18 and will be treated to fun activities leading up to the game. Players will get to go bowling for charity at Pinz Bowling Center in Meridian. They will also get to go tubing at Bogus Basin or go-kart racing, depending on weather conditions.

Then of course, there is the always-popular Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Mash Bash. Fans are invited to the event, which will feature a showdown of teams' bands and cheerleaders. The Mash Bash will take place on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 7 - 8 p.m. at the Grove Plaza.

For a full list of events leading up to the game, click here.

FAN FEST

Fans with tickets are invited to attend the annual Fan Fest pregame event from 11 a.m - 2 p.m. This year fans will be treated to free food and drinks with French fries provided by Simplot.

Participants can check out military equipment provided by Mission 43, enjoy live music by Jensen Buck, visit with Santa Claus, take photos with the Famous Idaho Potato Truck, and take part in the FitOne Family Field day in the Caven-Williams Sports Complex.

PARKING

Parking in any of the university's parking garages is free with the donation of one canned food item. Click here to view a campus map.