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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Mountain West agrees to 6 bowl deals

By Brett McMurphy
ESPN

The Mountain West Conference has agreed to tie-ins with six bowl games starting in 2014, sources said.

The Mountain West's six bowl tie-ins are expected to be six-year deals from 2014-19.

The Las Vegas Bowl will get the first selection from the Mountain West, while the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego will get the second selection, sources said. The Hawaii, Armed Forces in Fort Worth, Texas, and New Mexico bowls will share the third, fourth and fifth selections. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, will get the league's sixth selection, sources said.

Despite a number of bowls changing conference affiliations after this season, the final year of the current four-year bowl cycle, the Mountain West retained all of its previous six tie-ins. The league also is considering adding a seventh bowl in 2014, sources said.

The expected conferences the Mountain West will face in its new bowl lineup: Las Vegas (Pac-12), San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia (Navy in 2014, BYU and Army from 2015 on), Sheraton Hawaii (American/Conference USA), Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (C-USA), Gildan New Mexico (C-USA) and Famous Idaho Potato (Mid-American).

While Las Vegas has the first selection from the Mountain West, it will not be required to take the MWC champion, sources said. If the University of Hawaii is bowl-eligible, the Warriors would represent the MWC in the Hawaii Bowl.