BOISE -- The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has announced the 16th annual game will take place on Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
The bowl will be the second game of the inaugural day of the bowl season.
“The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has a history of competitive and entertaining games and continues to be an integral part of the opening day of Bowl Week,” said Kurt Dargis, ESPN Director, Programming and Acquisitions in a prepared statement.
Just like seasons past, the game will pit the top teams out of the Western Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference.
Last year, the Ohio University Bobcats rallied from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to knock off the Utah State Aggies, 24-23. The game - which was considered one of the more entertaining bowl games last December - was watched by 2.4 million viewers on ESPN, and drew an announced crowd over 28,000.
“With another premier, pre-holiday time slot, we’ll be able to continue our history of strong ratings and quality fan experiences,” said Kevin McDonald, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Director in a statement. “The earlier date and start time increases the likelihood of warmer temperatures and maximizes fan interest without the interruption of holiday festivities.”
The December 15 kickoff date is the earliest in the history of the bowl game.