PROVO — The BYU football program has signed a deal to play in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco.

The Cougars will be replacing the Western Athletic Conference representative in the game and they are expected to be been matched up against a Pac-12 opponent.

BYU, which is starting its first year as an independent football program next season, has been looking for bowl agreements and the Fight Hunger Bowl — formerly known as the San Francisco Bowl and the Emerald Bowl — and the bowl game has been looking for a new arrangement, what with four teams leaving the WAC over the next two years.

If BYU reaches a Bowl Championship Series game, or is not bowl eligible in 2013, the Fight Hunger Bowl has agreed to invite a WAC team instead.

The Fight Hunger Bowl is played in January at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This year's matchup is between Nevada and Boston College on Jan. 9.