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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The 2022 college bowl season will return to Albuquerque, N.M. for the 17th annual New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 17 from University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. MT with the game to be televised on ESPN.
“We look forward to once again helping kick off college football’s post season in Albuquerque with the New Mexico Bowl,” said Executive Director Jeff Siembieda. “Welcoming top teams, student-athletes and fans to enjoy all that our beautiful state and city have to offer has become a tradition as we showcase the Land of Enchantment on the first Saturday of Bowl Season.”
The game, which has been played on the opening Saturday of Bowl Season 15 of the last 16 years, is slated to feature a team from the Mountain West Conference and a team from the conference pool of Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, the Sun Belt Conference or the Mid-American Conference.
Fresno State of the Mountain West defeated UTEP of Conference USA in the 2021 edition of the New Mexico Bowl to claim a fourth straight victory for the conference.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2022, the 32-event schedule includes three early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, and a college softball event, which account for approximately 400 hours of live programming, while reaching nearly 64 million viewers and attracting over 800,000 annual attendees. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages