Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Idaho Potato Bowl's future is uncertain
By Brent Sobleski
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has provided viewers with multiple entertaining games since its creation in 1997. The game's future may come into question depending on how the bowl lineups continue to change.
The Mountain West Conference recently agreed to six bowl tie-ins according to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will have the sixth selection among available Mountain West eligible bowl teams. It's enough to keep the game afloat in the near future.
"With the sixth pick, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl isn’t likely to have much choice in the team it selects, but having a tie-in with the Mountain West is critical to the bowl’s future," Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman wrote.
The agreement with the Mountain West ends in 2019. The bowl game's viability will then come into question. The Mountain West will almost assuredly want to improve its bowl game slate and partner with games which feature "Power Five" opponents (those teams which play in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC). Also, two new bowls will likely be created in Detroit and Miami. Those could push one or two bowls to the wayside. Unless the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl can maintain its relationship with the Mountain West long term, it's unlikely to be played past 2019.