It was a mere formality. All the San Diego Bowl Game Association needed to do was wait its turn.
It got its turn and got the two teams it’s been eyeing all year.
The Poinsettia Bowl matchup is set and it pits Navy playing in a large navy town against San Diego State, playing on its home field.
The game is set for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 23 and will be shown on ESPN.
“This is a great day for college football in San Diego,” Poinsettia Bowl president Eric Graves said in a statement. “To have the hometown Aztecs in our homegrown bowl game is something very special. And for the Navy Midshipmen to be the opponent is icing on the cake. This most certainly will be a bowl game to remember for many years to come.”
It will be the first bowl game for the Aztecs since 1998—which was a Las Vegas Bowl loss to North Carolina.
For the Midshipmen, it will be their third appearance in the Poinsettia Bowl since game’s beginnings in 2005.
The opportunity to host both teams gives the bowl association a game that may set an attendance record for the Poinsettia Bowl.
The largest crowd to watch the Poinsettia Bowl came in 2007, when Utah top Navy in front of 39,129 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.
And tickets are already selling fast.
“I’d be very happy in the mid-40s,” Poinsettia Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski told the Union-Tribune. “If we got to 50,000, I’d be ecstatic.”
Holiday Bowl matchup gets a bit clearer
The Cotton Bowl, as expected, picked Texas A&M.
I still think the Big 12 will send Missouri to the Holiday Bowl. But, Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel thinks that Oklahoma State might fall to San Diego.
Does the Insight Bowl really think that the Tigers are a better draw for them than the Cowboys?
Either way, either Mizzou or Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl guarantees a ranked team in the Holiday Bowl.
As for the Pac-10 it seems pretty simple. If Washington wins the Apple Cup, it goes to the Holiday Bowl. If not, then the bowl will have to go outside of the Pac-10 because it won’t have enough bowl eligible teams to fill.
Notre Dame, Louisville and Ohio have been among the teams that have been mentioned to replace the Pac-10 representative.
T.V. Timeout—Must See Games This Weekend (All times Pacific)
Northern Illinois vs. Ohio: Friday, 4:00 p.m. on ESPN2
Oregon at Oregon State: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on ABC
Auburn vs. South Carolina: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. on CBS
Oklahoma vs. Nebraska: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. on ABC
UConn at South Florida: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. on ESPN 2
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