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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl moves to an unusual date for this football season

How much do Central Michigan and Wyoming fans know about Idaho? Not much, it turns out.

Central Michigan and Wyoming played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday at Albertsons Stadium. Before kickoff, the Idaho Statesman met with fans from both teams and picked their brains about Idaho.
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Central Michigan and Wyoming played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday at Albertsons Stadium. Before kickoff, the Idaho Statesman met with fans from both teams and picked their brains about Idaho.

The next Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be played in 2020 because of a scheduling quirk that will drag this year’s college football bowl schedule well into January.

The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Albertsons Stadium, ESPN announced Thursday. The game will air on ESPN and is the only bowl game on ESPN’s schedule that day.

Boise’s bowl game often is played before Christmas but this will be the second time that it is played in January. The game at the end of the 2003 season also was played on Jan. 3 (Georgia Tech-Tulsa). This is the first time since 2009 that the game has been given a post-Christmas date.

The college football regular season doesn’t end until Dec. 7 this year, which pushed back the start of bowl season to Dec. 20. Five bowls are scheduled for Jan. 2-6. Fifteen are slated for after the College Football Playoff semifinals (Dec. 28).

The 23rd annual Potato Bowl is expected to receive teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American conferences. The game is one of 15 owned and operated by ESPN Events.

“This will be the third year in a row the game will be played on a Friday, which is always a benefit for our local fans and fans of the teams we host,” Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Executive Director Kevin McDonald said in a press release.

Other Mountain West bowl games will be played Dec. 21 (Las Vegas and New Mexico), Dec. 24 (Hawaii), Dec. 31 (Arizona) and Jan. 4 (Armed Forces).

Here is the full ESPN bowl schedule.

CHECK OUT THE NEW BLUE: Boise State football fans can check out the new edition of the Blue on Wednesday, June 5 for the “Unveil The Blue” open house. BAA members and season-ticket holders can walk on the new turf at Albertsons Stadium at 5 p.m., and it’s open to the general public at 6 p.m.

The event is free, and runs until 8 p.m. Fans are asked to enter through the hall of fame in the southwest corner of the stadium. Coach Bryan Harsin, players, the spirit squad and mascots will be on hand as well.

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