Every third Thursday of each month, Idaho Director of Athletics Dr. Rob Spear will post a new blog entry directed towards Vandal fans. Dr. Spear will use these monthly communiqués to set the record straight and talk to you – Vandal to Vandal..
An archive of previous blog entries can be accessed here.
As of today there are 32 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools eligible for post season bowl games and your Vandal football team is one of them! I have described below some of the bowl possibilities awaiting the University of Idaho. I cannot emphasize the importance of last week's 7th win as NCAA rules require teams with winning records to be selected for at-large bowl games before teams with 6-6 records.
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) currently has contractual affiliations with three bowls; the Hawaii Bowl, the Humanitarian Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. This year, the WAC also has back-up affiliations with the Poinsettia Bowl and the Emerald Bowl. WAC bowl participation would only materialize in these situations if the current contracted conferences are unable to provide enough bowl-eligible teams. However, starting in 2010 the WAC will formerly enter into contractual affiliations with our three existing bowls and with the Poinsettia Bowl in 2011 and 2012 and with the Emerald Bowl in 2010 and 2013. So starting next season the WAC will have contractual affiliations with five bowls.
As per WAC code, only the top two regular season finishers are guaranteed bowl bids but not necessarily to any specific bowl. The third team can be any school in the WAC that is bowl eligible. The only exception to this policy is that Hawaii, if bowl eligible, will play in the Hawaii Bowl, regardless of its place in the Conference regular season standings.
Once bowl representatives have been determined, a committee consisting of the Commissioner and Athletics Directors not involved in the pool of eligible teams, in consultation with the Conference's bowl partners, shall select and place team(s) according to the "right team, right place" principle. The Committee shall seek to balance the best interest of the bowls vs. the best interest of the Conference and involved teams.
So let's take a look at all the bowls the WAC is affiliated with this year.
Based in Boise, Idaho this bowl is familiar to Vandal fans as the 1998 team won the Humanitarian Bowl. The opponent this year is the # 5 ranked team out of the Mountain West Conference. The Humanitarian Bowl's agreement with the ACC was not renewed after last year. After this year the Humanitarian Bowl will match the # 1, 2, or 3 WAC teams with the # 3 team from the Mid American Conference (MAC).
New Mexico Bowl
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this bowl matches the # 1, 2, or 3 WAC team with the # 3 or 4 team out of the Mountain West Conference. Starting next year the New Mexico Bowl will match the WAC # 1, 2, or 3 team against the # 5 team from the Mountain West Conference.
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, this bowl matches the # 1, 2, or 3 WAC team against the # 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 team from Conference USA. Starting next year, the Hawaii Bowl will match the WAC # 1, 2, or 3 team against the # 3 team from Conference USA.
Located in San Diego, CA, the WAC has a backup agreement to participate in this bowl. The WAC would only participate if the PAC-10 fails to have 6 bowl eligible teams. For this year, this bowl is a matchup between the Mountain West #2 and PAC-10 #6. In 2011 and 2012, the WAC will be matched against the #2 team from the Mountain West Conference.
Located in San Francisco, CA, the WAC has a backup agreement to participate in this bowl. The WAC would only participate if the PAC-10 or the ACC fail to have enough bowl eligible teams. In 2010 and 2013, the Emerald bowl will match WAC # 1, 2, or 3 teams with PAC-10 #6.
Coming Soon. What are the financial benefits for an institution attending a bowl game?