It’s only early May, but college football fans around the nation just got their first whiff of holiday bowl season.
The ESPN slate for the 2017-18 college bowl schedule was announced Wednesday afternoon. The 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at Albertsons Stadium. It will be the 21st edition of the game and the third consecutive year the bowl will take place on Dec. 22.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is a scheduled matchup between teams from the Mountain West and the MAC. Last season, however, Idaho (Sun Belt) took the place of the MAC school and defeated Colorado State 61-50 in one of the highest-scoring bowl games of all time.
Other Mountain West-affiliated bowl games
▪ Las Vegas Bowl (MWC vs. Pac-12), 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16
▪ New Mexico Bowl (MWC vs. C-USA), 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16
▪ Hawaii Bowl (MWC vs. American), 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24.
▪ Note: The Mountain West has a tie-in with the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl (3:30 p.m., Dec. 30) and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
New Year’s Six bowl games
▪ Cotton Bowl, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29
▪ Fiesta Bowl, 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30
▪ Capital One Orange Bowl, 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30
▪ Peach Bowl, 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
▪ Rose Bowl, 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 (College Football Playoff semifinal)
▪ Sugar Bowl, 6:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 (College Football Playoff semifinal)
▪ College Football Playoff National Championship, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
The complete 2017-18 bowl schedule can be found here.