Two newly-created bowls included in 11-game schedule
December 7, 2014 — ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, has announced the matchups for its 11 owned-and-operated bowl games for the 2014 season. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off the bowl festivities on Saturday, Dec. 20, and will conclude with the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 3.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
The ninth edition of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl will feature UTEP against Utah State on Saturday, Dec. 20. The game, featuring a program from Conference USA and the Mountain West, respectively, will kick off at 12:20 p.m. MT from University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., and air nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is set for Saturday, Dec. 20, and will pit No. 22 Utah of the Pac-12 against Colorado State University of the Mountain West. The 23rd annual game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, and will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 18th annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – slated for Saturday, Dec. 20, at 5:45 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio – will pit two conference champions in Western Michigan of the Mid-American and the Air Force Academy of the Mountain West. The nation’s longest running outdoor cold-weather bowl will be played at Boise State University’s Bronco Stadium.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
The inaugural Camellia Bowl will match up South Alabama of the Sun Belt against Bowling Green of the Mid-American on Saturday, Dec. 20. The 9:15 p.m. kick off on ESPN and ESPN Radio will be played at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
Boca Raton Bowl
The first edition of the Boca Raton Bowl is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 23, and will pit Marshall of Conference USA against Northern Illinois of the Mid-American. The inaugural game will be televised on ESPN and broadcast on ESPN Radio at 6 p.m. and played at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve for the 10th time and will feature Rice of Conference USA against Fresno State of the Mountain West. The 13th annual game will kick off at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
The fifth annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will pit Louisiana Tech of Conference USA against Illinois of the Big Ten on Friday, Dec. 26. The 1 p.m. game televised on ESPN will be played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park.
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl
The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will feature NC State of the Atlantic Coast Conference against UCF of the American Athletic Conference on Friday, Dec. 26. The game will air at 8 p.m. on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl will feature Texas of the Big 12 against Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference on Monday, Dec. 29. The 9 p.m. start on ESPN and ESPN Radio will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, and will match up Houston of the American Athletic Conference against Pittsburgh of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 12th annual game. The noon start on ESPN will be played from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas. Houston
The ninth annual Birmingham Bowl will be played Saturday, Jan. 3, and will feature Florida of the Southeastern Conference against East Carolina of the American Athletic Conference. Played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., the game will kick off at noon on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Montgomery Kickoff Classic (Montgomery, Ala.); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); Texas Bowl (Houston); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Uncasville, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 (Portland, Ore.); State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago, Ill.); Tire Pros Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, P.R.) and Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.)
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