SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl today announced its agreements for the next four-year bowl term (2010-2013). The Western Athletic Conference will receive a guaranteed spot in the 2011 and 2012 games and will be a backup in 2010 and 2013 should Navy and Army not be bowl eligible in those respective years. The agreement coupled with the announcement earlier this month that the WAC would receive bids to the Emerald Bowl in 2010 and 2013, gives the conference four guaranteed bowl slots through the 2013 season.
The 2011 and 2012 games will feature a WAC school versus a team from the Mountain West Conference. A WAC school has played in the bowl game once. The Boise State Broncos came in to the 2008 game unbeaten and ranked ninth in the country. They were upset by the 11th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs 17-16 in front of 34,628 fans. That game garnered a 3.74 national television rating on ESPN, the bowl’s most watched game ever and the highest rated pre-Christmas game ever on the all-sports network.
“We are extremely pleased to be associated with the San Diego Country Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in 2011 and 2012,” said WAC Commissioner Karl Benson. “Last year’s bowl game was a big success with Boise State providing a tremendous matchup. Our teams are excited to have the opportunity to play in the game in the upcoming years and to travel to San Diego. The agreement also solidifies our bowl agreements for the next four years giving the WAC four guaranteed slots through the 2013 season.”
In 2010, a bowl eligible Navy Midshipmen squad will travel to San Diego and play in the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl for the third time against a Mountain West team. In 2005, Navy topped Colorado State 51-30; in 2007, they were narrowly defeated at the hands of the Utah Utes 35-32. The two highest attended Poinsettia Bowls were games in which the Naval Academy participated; 36,842 in 2005, 39,129 in 2007.
In 2013, a bowl-eligible Army team will make their first appearance in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, also against a Mountain West team. The last time the Black Knights played in a post-season game was in 1996 in the Independence Bowl. They lost to the Auburn Tigers 32-29.
Should Navy or Army not be bowl eligible in their respective years, the bowl game will receive a team from the WAC. To become bowl eligible a team must earn six wins.
“We believe these agreements will provide our fans with what they’ve come to expect – competitive, exciting football games,” said 2009 Bowl President Barbara Warden.
This announcement does not impact the game’s 2009 match-up between the MWC and Pacific-10. The WAC does have a previous existing backup agreement with the Poinsettia Bowl this year should the Pac-10 not fill its spot.
The 2009 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, December 23rd. For tickets call 619/285-5039 or visit www.PoinsettiaBowl.com.