Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
(Previously Humanitarian Bowl)
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The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, previously called Humanitarian Bowl, is played annually in December. The game currently matches a team from the MWC (Mountain West Conference) with a team from the WAC (Western Athletic Conference), typically the conference champion. The MWC replaces the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference), which did not renew its contract past the 2008 game. Game location is Bronco Stadium, which is part of the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
The (now named) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the longest running cold weather bowl game currently in operation. The payout is $750,000, however - very rare, but you can find it here - teams are required to provide a corporate sponsor, purchase a minimum number of tickets, and stay at a selected hotel for a minimum stay.
2011 Famous Idaho Potato BowlThe 2011 Bowl game at Bronco Stadium was played on December 17, 2011 at 5.30pm EST (3.30pm local time) and was broadcasted by ESPN. It was a great and tight match-up of Ohio (10-4, 6-2 MAC) and Utah State (7-6,5-2 WAC), with Ohio winning 24 to 23 on the Blue Turf - and that after being behind 23-10.
Let's look at some history of the (Humanitarian) Bowl before it changed its name to Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:
2010 uDrove Humanitarian BowlThe 2010 Bowl game at Bronco Stadium was played on December 18, 2010 at 5.30pm EST (3.30pm local time) and was broadcasted by ESPN. It was a great match-up of Northern Illinois Huskies and the Fresno State Bulldogs, with the Huskies winning 40 to 17 over the Bulldogs.
2009 Roady's Humanitarian BowlThe 2009 game on December 30, 2009 featured the Idaho Vandals and the Bowling Green Falcons. Boise State has the most appearances at the Bowl with four. They have won three of the four games, and have an incredible record on their home field. The 2006 game featured Miami versus Nevada, in which Miami would win 21-20 in Hurricanes coach Larry Coker’s last game as head coach. For Idaho and Bowling Green, it will be the first match-up of the two teams that have turned around their programs. Idaho will be making its first bowl appearance since the 1998 participation while Bowling Green will be competing in its second bowl in three years after consecutive berths in 2003 and 2004. In their last bowl attendance in 2007 Bowling Green lost the GMAC Bowl against Tulsa with an astonishing 63-7. And all that after Bowling Green finished the season 8-5 overall and had finished the MAC East 4-2.
The Big West Conference Champion had an automatic ticket to the bowl after the conference had lost its contract with the Las Vegas Bowl. From 1997–99 the opponent was a team from Conference USA, while in 2000 an at-large opponent was chosen. But then at the end of the bowl season in 2000, the Big West Conference stopped sponsoring football and the automatic bid instead went to the WAC where it remains to this day.
After the bowl went through several title sponsors, in 2007, a new sponsor was announced: Roady's Truck Stops. The 2010 Bowl game will be the first one under uDrove sponsorship. uDrove is a small-business solution dedicated to making life easy for the three million-plus professional truckers throughout the U.S., utilizing mobile business solutions on smart phones.
Bronco Stadium is a rather small stadium compared to some of the other college football bowl game locations. It holds approx. 33,500 spectators and it is an outdoor field, where the bowl game will happen. But it is not its size that the stadium is known for. The field color is BLUE (vs. the green we are usually used to).
Previous games included these line-ups:
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