BYU, Utah Utes football: Rivalry game unlikely to determine bowl destinations
Among the Las Vegas Bowl opponents mentioned as possibilities from various sources are Tennessee, Louisville, Toledo and Notre Dame.
Brent Ringler, the Armed Forces Bowl executive director, said his bowl would be excited to have either BYU or Utah and said they were two of the main candidates since San Diego State and Air Force appear to be going to the Poinsettia and Independence bowls.
"We've had Utah before, but never had BYU," Ringler said. "We'd be happy to have either team."
The opponent in the Armed Forces Bowl is from Conference USA and the league will be able to fill all of its slots. SMU would be an ideal choice since the bowl game will be played in its stadium and other possibilities are Tulsa and UTEP.
Ringler said the bowl is already sold out, so the bowl doesn't have to worry about selling tickets to incoming fans besides those designated for the participating schools.
Any bowl matchups won't be officials until Dec. 5 after the BCS bowl selections are made.
Scenarios. . .UTAH. . .BYU
Most likely. . .Las Vegas. . .Armed Forces
Possibility. . .Armed Forces, Poinsettia. . .New Mexico
Probably not. . .Independence. . .Independence, Las Vegas
Unlikely. . .New Mexico. . .Poinsettia
Mountain West Conference bowl affiliations
Bowl. . .Date. . .Time. . .Place. . .Most likely team*
1. Las Vegas. . .Dec. 22. . .6 p.m.. . .Las Vegas. . .Utah
2. Poinsettia. . .Dec. 23. . .6 p.m.. . .San Diego. . .San Diego State
3. Independence. . .Dec. 27. . .4 p.m.. . .Shreveport. . .Air Force
4. Armed Forces. . .Dec. 30. . .11 a.m.. . .Dallas. . .BYU
5. New Mexico. . .Dec. 18. . .Noon. . .Albuquerque. . .non-MWC team
*Assuming TCU gets a BCS bowl berth
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