Mountain West, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Announce Partnership

Conference would send team to Valley if Pac-12 or Big 12 cannot fill slots

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kristen Pflipsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Beginning in 2014, a Mountain West team would replace the Pac-12 or Big 12 representative in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl if either of those conferences cannot produce a participant.

“We’re grateful that the Mountain West has agreed to help create a matchup that college football fans will want to see,” said Brian Hall, Chairman of the Board of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. “This partnership makes sense for both sides. The Valley of the Sun is an attractive destination and easy trip for Mountain West fans, and that will help us fulfill our mission of driving economic impact for Arizona.”

The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in July announced a six-year agreement with the Pac-12 and Big 12 Conferences, beginning after the 2014 regular season. If either conference fails to produce enough bowl-eligible teams to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Mountain West would work with the bowl to provide a team to fill the vacancy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Cactus Bowl Foundation, which operates the game in Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium.

“We look forward to the opportunity to play either a Big 12 or Pac-12 opponent in Tempe on multiple occasions during the next six years,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Our previous experiences with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl have been fantastic and I know that Robert Shelton and his team do the same great job with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.”

Three present Mountain West members – Air Force, New Mexico and Wyoming – have played in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl during its 24-year history.

The 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will kick off at 8:15 p.m. MST on Saturday, December 28 in Sun Devil Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game. This year, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will match the third selection from the Big Ten against the third pick from the Big 12, after BCS selections.