Venue: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Game
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 3:30 p.m. ET / ABC
Where: Las Vegas, NV. - Sam Boyd Stadium
Who: Houston Cougars vs. San Diego State Aztecs
Some new blood is coming to the Las Vegas Bowl. For years upon years, it's felt like at least one school from the state of Utah has played in this game, and if either Utah and/or BYU wasn't there, it was Boise State representing the Mountain West.
This year, with the San Diego State Aztecs winning the MWC, they'll get to come to Sin City for the first time since 1998, and awaiting them at Sam Boyd Stadium will be the Houston Cougars, who will become the first ever AAC team to play in this game.
The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, is one of the first bowl games to take the field every year on the NCAA Bowl schedule and annually host the top choice from the Mountain West vs. a Pacific-12 Conference.
The Royal Purple Las Vegas bowl ( formerly the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas ) is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1992.
The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl this year will play on Saturday, Dec. 17th, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. with the fine folks at ABC.
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Opening Line: Houston -3.5
Preview: There was a point this season when it felt like the Houston Cougars and the San Diego State Aztecs were both fighting for that one coveted Group of Five spot to the New Year's Six. As it played out, Western Michigan earned that spot, and that left both the Cougs and the Aztecs out of the big time bowl games. That said, they've got a great game against each other lined up in the Las Vegas Bowl on the first Saturday of the bowl bash, and this could end up being one of the most looked forward to games of the early portion of the bowl season. Continue...
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Motivation is a big key factor when it comes to looking at college football bowl betting lines, we also have to look at other things.
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In 1992, the Las Vegas Bowl was created as a post-season game between the Mid-American and Big West champions, replacing the California Bowl and the Raisin Bowl. Since 1997, it has matched a WAC team against an at-large opponent.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|22 Dec. 2014||Utah||45||Colorado State||10|
|22 Dec. 2013||USC||45||Fresno State||20|
|22 Dec. 2012||Boise State||28||Washington||26|
|22 Dec. 2011||Boise State||56||Arizona State||24|
|22 Dec. 2010||Boise State||26||Utah||3|
|22 Dec. 2009||Bowling Green||35||Nevada||34|
|20 Dec. 2008||Arizona||31||BYU||21|
|22 Dec. 2007||BYU||17||UCLA||16|
|21 Dec. 2006||BYU||38||Oregon||8|
|22 Dec. 2005||California||35||BYU||28|
|23 Dec. 2004||Wyoming||24||UCLA||21|
|24 Dec. 2003||Oregon State||55||New Mexico||14|
|25 Dec. 2002||UCLA||27||New Mexico||13|
|25 Dec. 2001||Utah||10||Southern California||6|
|21 Dec. 2000||UNLV||31||Arkansas||14|
|18 Dec. 1999||Utah||17||Fresno State||16|
|19 Dec. 1998||North Carolina||20||San Diego State||13|
|20 Dec. 1997||Oregon||41||Air Force||13|
|18 Dec. 1996||Nevada||18||Ball State||15|
|14 Dec. 1995||Toledo||40||Nevada||37|
|15 Dec. 1994||UNLV||52||Central Michigan||24|
|17 Dec. 1993||Utah State||42||Ball State||33|
|18 Dec. 1992||Bowling Green||35||Nevada||34|
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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