Boise, Idaho - ESPN Regional Television announced today that University at Buffalo (84) of the MidAmerican Conference and San Diego State (75) of the Mountain West Conference have accepted invitations to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl This is the first time either team will play in the Boisebased bowl game.
Buffalo enters the bowl game with an 84 record, including a 62 MAC record making it bowl eligible for just the second time as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision program.
The Bulls’ performance this season has been boosted by the outstanding efforts of Khalil Mack, who was recently named the 2013 Jack Lambert Award winner, an award going to the top linebacker in collegiate football. The 2013 MAC Defensive Player of the Year has totaled 94 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions and two touchdowns this season, while also establishing NCAA career records for tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16).
Offensively, quarterback Joe Licata, who averages over 200yards passing and has thrown 21 touchdown passes, and running back Branden Oliver, who has 15 touchdowns and averages nearly 130rushing yards per game, have led the team this season.
"We are excited to be going to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. They do a great job with their bowl experience," UB Director of Athletics Danny White said. "The community really rallies behind it. For us, it’s a big moment. It’s a testament to the work of Coach Quinn and his staff and these studentathletes. They have worked hard to build the program to this point. The key is that we don’t look back. We want to be enjoying this moment every year."
San Diego State will play in its fourthconsecutive bowl and enters the bowl with a 75 record on the season. The Aztecs went 62 in conference play this season, falling only to thenranked No. 15 Fresno State and UNLV. A persistent team, SDSU played through four overtime games (won three) to tie an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record, while also winning six of eight games played to within seven points. The Aztecs’ only losses outside MW play came to thenranked No. 3 Ohio State, Eastern Illinois and the Pac12’s Oregon State.
Quarterback Quinn Kaehler leads the team with 2,796 yards passing, averaging 254 yards per game, while also throwing for 17 touchdowns. On the ground running back Adam Muema leads the team with 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wide receiver Tim Vizzi is second in the nation in punt returns for a touchdown, recording two this season. J.J. Whittacker and Nick Tenhaeff have added three interceptions (one for a touchdown) and 13.0 tackles for loss, respectively.
"We’re very excited to accept an invitation to play in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise against the University of Buffalo," SDSU director of athletics Jim Sterk said. "(They’re) a great team from the MidAmerican Conference that has had some good wins. We’re excited for (Aztec football coach) Rocky (Long), the kids and the University. It’s a great day for the Aztecs."
Six of the previous nine Famous Idaho Potato Bowls have been decided on the last drive, with an average score of 3725 over the Bowl’s 16season history. In its 17th season, the nation’s longestrunning outdoor coldweather bowl welcomes a MW and MAC matchup for the first time after the MW announced its affiliation with the bowl last December. The MAC has been a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl affiliate since the 2009 bowl season.
The Congrove Computer Rankings project Buffalo to win by 2.54 points.