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Week 14 News And Notes


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Week 14 News & Notes in PDF Format

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: It is championship time for the Mountain West and Conference USA as both leagues hold its games on Saturday. The Dynacraft Conference USA Championship is at 10 a.m. MT on ESPN, hosted by East Division champions, Florida Atlantic. The Owls are the seventh team in C-USA’s 22-year football history to finish the league regular season undefeated and the fourth to post an 8-0 record in league play. The West Division champs are the North Texas Mean Green. Both teams are making their first appearance in the C-USA Championship Game. The last time that happened was 2013, when Rice defeated Marshall in the title game. This is the fifth time that the teams playing in the C-USA Championship met during the regular season. The Owls won that meeting on Oct. 21 at home, 69-31. The team that won the regular season contest is 2-2 in the rematch.

The Mountain West Championship features two teams that are no strangers to each other in that they played in Fresno, Calif. last weekend. Fresno State, the West Division champions, made use of its homefield advantage, besting the East Champion Boise State Broncos, 28-17. The 2017 MW title contest will be a rematch of the 2014 MW Football Championship Game, which was also held in Boise. The Broncos earned a 28-14 victory, capturing their first outright MW Football Championship. This will be Fresno State’s third appearance in the MW Football Championship game and Boise State’s second.

FIU closes out its regular season with a mid-seson addition in UMass. The Panthers were originally slated to play Indiana in week 3 but had to postpone the game due to Hurricane Irma. The Minutemen were also looking at an 11-game season and agreed to play the game at Noon ET in Miami. These two have played twice before with UMass winning both.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: All but three teams in the FBS have had their fate decided with 79 teams that are bowl eligible and 48 that are not. Three teams have accepted bids to bowl games. Army will play in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. UAB and Ohio both accepting invitations to the Bahamas Bowl. The remainder of the bowl schedule will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 3. The College Football Playoff will announce the semifinal teams at 10:30 a.m. MT, followed by the rest of the Top 25 at Noon. The matchups for the remaining New Year’s Six bowl games will come at 1 p.m. and then all others will be announced throughout the afternoon and into early evening.

Conference USA has 10 members that are eligible with nine among the group waiting for an invitation to the postseason. Conference USA has six bowl tie-ins which Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA and WKU wait to fill. The Mountain West has six eligible teams, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State and Wyoming, with five primary commitments and three backup options.

POSTSEASON PROJECTIONS: Several national collegiate football analysts do their best to piece together a prediction for how the bowl lineup will turn out. The projections for the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl vary with six different Conference USA schools and five Mountain West programs getting nods. San Diego State leads the way as the Mountain West representative with seven nods while Fresno State (2), Wyoming (1), Utah State (1) and Colorado State (1) also garner votes. For Conference USA, three are predicting the North Texas Mean Green will be making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based bowl while three say UTSA will make its second consecutive appearance. For a complete breakdown, look at the chart below.

 

RIDING THE RAILS: The New Mexico Railrunner is encouraging everyone to get out and see more of the Land of Enchantment. Anyone presenting a 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl ticket on the train will ride free during the week of Dec. 17-24. The ticket will be punched going and collected on the return trip.

DOUBLE THE FUN: Ski New Mexico, in association with the New Mexico Tourism Department, has partnered with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to provide ticketholders an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy two New Mexico True experiences. From December 17-24, 2017, one bowl game ticket can be redeemed for a free lift ticket. This offer is valid at one of Ski New Mexico’s eight great ski areas: Ski Apache, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain, Red River Ski Area, Angel Fire Resort, Sipapu Ski Resort, and Sandia Peak. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl ticket must be presented in person at the ski area ticket office for redemption and must be used the same day as redeemed. Limit is one per person and there is no cash value or refund. Gildan New Mexico Bowl tickets are on sale now at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of Dreamstyle Arena, online at www.unmtickets.com or www.gildandreamhousenewmexicobowl.com or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the Gildan New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999). Discount codes ($5 off $25 North End Zone general admission or $10 off $40 premium bowl tickets) are also currently available on New Mexico Lottery Powerball®, Mega Millions® and Mega Millions® Just the Jackpot™ tickets through Friday, December 8.

MEET YOUR NM TRUE HEROES: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced this year’s New Mexico True Heroes at the Hispano Cultural Center in Albuquerque on Monday. They are Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamar Cotton, 14-year-old Carlsbad resident Winnie Keller, 14-year-old Albuquerque resident Donovan Smith and Mike and Debbie Torres of Rio Rancho.

“Our 2017 New Mexico True Heroes are leaders in their communities and work hard day in and day out to make our state a wonderful place to call home,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a news release announcing the recipients. “Today we’re recognizing New Mexicans who lead by example to help people and make their communities better. Each of them, through their commitment, compassion, and service, exemplify daily what it means to be New Mexico True.”

“New Mexico True Heroes gives us an opportunity to highlight our state’s greatest treasure: our people,” Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said in a news release. “This year’s class of New Mexico True Heroes and truly exemplary, and show that New Mexico is home to resilient, hardworking people who care about their state and their communities.” The New Mexico True Heroes Awards were developed by the New Mexico Tourism Department in partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in 2014. Dozens of nominations were submitted from friends, family members, students and coworkers. A panel of community leaders representing areas from all over the state determined the finalists. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl both during the player’s luncheon on Dec. 15 and on the field during the game on Dec. 16.

GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL CONNECTIONS: As of November 30, there are currently 41 former collegiate athletes who played in at least one of the previous New Mexico Bowls and is listed as active, practice squad or injured reserve among 23 of the 32 NFL teams. The Denver Broncos boast the most alums with five. On the collegiate side, Washington State and Colorado State have produced the most active pros with six apiece. UTSA’s Jarveon Williams is the lone participant from last year’s game currently on an NFL roster. All-time, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl has had 169 alumni listed on an NFL roster.

Week 13 News & Notes

Week 13 News & Notes in PDF Format

DOUBLE THE FUN: Ski New Mexico, in association with the New Mexico Tourism Department, has partnered with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to provide ticketholders an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy two New Mexico True experiences. From December 17-24, 2017, one bowl game ticket can be redeemed for a free lift ticket. This offer is valid at one of Ski New Mexico’s eight great ski areas: Ski Apache, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain, Red River Ski Area, Angel Fire Resort, Sipapu Ski Resort, and Sandia Peak. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl ticket must be presented in person at the ski area ticket office for redemption and must be used the same day as redeemed. Limit is one per person and there is no cash value or refund.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl tickets are on sale now at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of Dreamstyle Arena, online at www.unmtickets.com or www.gildandreamhousenewmexicobowl.com or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the Gildan New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999). Discount codes ($5 off $25 North End Zone general admission or $10 off $40 premium bowl tickets) are also currently available on New Mexico Lottery Powerball®, Mega Millions® and Mega Millions® Just the Jackpot™ tickets through Friday, December 8.

MEET YOUR NM TRUE HEROES: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced this year’s New Mexico True Heroes at the Hispano Cultural Center in Albuquerque on Monday.

“Our 2017 New Mexico True Heroes are leaders in their communities and work hard day in and day out to make our state a wonderful place to call home,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a news release announcing the recipients. “Today we’re recognizing New Mexicans who lead by example to help people and make their communities better. Each of them, through their commitment, compassion, and service, exemplify daily what it means to be New Mexico True.”

Jamar Cotton of Las Cruces is a deputy for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department but spends countless hours volunteering his time and resources while he is off duty. He has awarded scholarships to students, helped local homeless veterans, spent time with youth who are bullied or struggling with substance abuse, created a community fitness program, organized toy drives, and so much more. He mentors within his community and is very active in the quest to be the best role model and leader by example.

Donovan Smith of Albuquerque, age 14, helps the homeless of his city by creating and making homemade soaps. He has made and donated more than 12,000 soaps to homeless shelters. Donovan himself was homeless six years ago and this year he opened a physical store in downtown Albuquerque to not only sell his soaps but to hire and train local homeless.

Gwendolyn “Winnie” Keller of Carlsbad, age 14, began helping others at a very young age. Winnie’s first charitable endeavor was to turn her 5th birthday party into a fundraiser for a friend with leukemia, which was the beginning of her nonprofit, “It’s My Party.” Winnie’s nonprofit helps other children turn their parties into fundraisers. Now a freshman at Carlsbad High School, Winnie continues to help others by raising thousands of dollars for sick families in Carlsbad. Winnie fights her own chronic illness while she raises money for families in need.

Mike and Debbie Torres of Rio Rancho have helped special needs children in their community as coordinators for the Special Olympics for nearly 20 years. Mike and Debbie founded the Rio Rancho Rockets Special Olympics in 1998, initially to help their son meet other special needs children. They coordinate dozens of aspects of the organization and events for hundreds of athletes and volunteers. They are the primary volunteers and have continued to give back while they raised a family and worked full-time jobs.

“New Mexico True Heroes gives us an opportunity to highlight our state’s greatest treasure: our people,” Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said in a news release. “This year’s class of New Mexico True Heroes and truly exemplary, and show that New Mexico is home to resilient, hardworking people who care about their state and their communities.”

The New Mexico True Heroes Awards were developed by the New Mexico Tourism Department in partnership with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in 2014. Dozens of nominations were submitted from friends, family members, students and coworkers. A panel of community leaders representing areas from all over the state determined the finalists. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl both during the player’s luncheon on Dec. 15 and on the field during the game on Dec. 16.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: It’s the final week of the regular season for almost all of the Conference USA and Mountain West programs. Action starts on Black Friday at 1:30 p.m. MT with Rocky Long’s San Diego State Aztecs taking on his alma mater, the New Mexico Lobos. SDSU has won five in a row in the series. At 5 p.m. MT, WKU heads to Miami for a battle with FIU. The Hilltoppers have won four straight in the series and have won their last six consecutive regular season finales. It is not the final week for FIU, which will host UMass on Saturday, Dec. 2.

There are six C-USA league games on Saturday. Most notably on tap is the Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee matchup as both teams are 5-6 overall and need a win to become bowl eligible. Louisiana Tech is also looking to becoming bowl eligible, hosting UTSA Saturday night.

There are four MW conference games on Saturday and one nonconference meeting as Hawai`i hosts BYU. At 1 p.m., UNLV and Nevada battle in the Governor’s Series for the Fremont Cannon. The visitor is this series has won the last five games which could be key to the Rebels, who need a win to become bowl eligible. UNLV is 1-2-1 when needing to win its final game of the season to earn eligiblity. Look for a preview of the Mountain West Championship Game on Saturday as Boise State heads to Fresno State. These two have not met since the 2014 MW Championship and will play in this year’s title game next Saturday in Boise. Please check out the complete schedule with series notes and viewing information on page 1 of the linked PDF.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: The first of 78 bowl bids has been officially claimed. Army earned its sixth win in Week 8, solidifying its automatic spot in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. There are 69 other teams around the FBS who are now bowl-eligible. Every conference has at least four teams eligible. The SEC leads the way with nine ready for the postseason, while the ACC and Conference USA boast eight apiece. Two teams, Ole Miss because of a self-imposed penalty, and Coastal Carolina because its transitioning to the FBS, are ineligible for the postseason. There are 37 others have been eliminated from postseason play, leaving 21 still in the running.

Conference USA has eight members that are among the group waiting for an invitation while the Mountain West has six. San Diego State, Colorado State, Boise State, Wyoming, Fresno State and Utah State are eligible to fill the five bowl commitments the league has in tact. Conference USA has six bowl tie-ins which Marshall, Florida Atlantic, FIU, North Texas, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA and WKU wait to fill. The MW’s UNLV is just one win away from joining the party, as are C-USA’s Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion.

POSTSEASON PROJECTIONS: Several national collegiate football analysts do their best to piece together a prediction for how the bowl lineup will turn out. The projections for the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl vary with five different Conference USA schools and four Mountain West programs getting nods. San Diego State leads the way as the Mountain West representative with seven nods while Colorado State (3), Wyoming (1) and Fresno State (1) also garner votes. For Conference USA, five, up two from recent weeks, are predicting the North Texas Mean Green will be making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based bowl while UTSA received four bids.

Week 12 News & Notes

Week 12 News & Notes in PDF Format

DOUBLE THE FUN: Ski New Mexico, in association with the New Mexico Tourism Department, has partnered with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to provide ticketholders an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy two New Mexico True experiences. From December 17-24, 2017, one bowl game ticket can be redeemed for a free lift ticket. This offer is valid at one of Ski New Mexico’s eight great ski areas: Ski Apache, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain, Red River Ski Area, Angel Fire Resort, Sipapu Ski Resort, and Sandia Peak. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl ticket must be presented in person at the ski area ticket office for redemption and must be used the same day as redeemed. Limit is one per person and there is no cash value or refund.DOUBLE THE FUN: Ski New Mexico, in association with the New Mexico Tourism Department, has partnered with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to provide ticketholders an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy two New Mexico True experiences. From December 17-24, 2017, one bowl game ticket can be redeemed for a free lift ticket. This offer is valid at one of Ski New Mexico’s eight great ski areas: Ski Apache, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain, Red River Ski Area, Angel Fire Resort, Sipapu Ski Resort, and Sandia Peak. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl ticket must be presented in person at the ski area ticket office for redemption and must be used the same day as redeemed. Limit is one per person and there is no cash value or refund. Gildan New Mexico Bowl tickets are on sale now at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of Dreamstyle Arena, online at www.unmtickets.com or www.gildandreamhousenewmexicobowl.com or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the Gildan New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999). Discount codes ($5 off $25 North End Zone general admission or $10 off $40 premium bowl tickets) are also currently available on New Mexico Lottery Powerball®, Mega Millions® and Mega Millions® Just the Jackpot™ tickets through Friday, December 8.

ANNUAL THREE-DAY TICKET SALE NEXT WEEK: The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is running a three-day ticket sale Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 17, offering fans discounted tickets and a chance to win a VIP experience. Tickets eligible for the $5 off promotion include the South End Zone Field Suite tickets, which normally retail for $75 and include a meal and beverage. Lower Bowl tickets (normally $40) and North End Zone General Admission tickets (normally $25) are also included in the three-day sale. Each order during this sale will automatically be entered into a drawing for VIP prizes. The grand prize is a VIP parking pass, four passes to the ESPN VIP Tailgate Party, four tickets in the End Zone Club and one VIP Bowl gift package. Second prize is a VIP parking pass, two passes to the ESPN VIP Tailgate Party and two tickets in the End Zone Club. Third prize is a VIP parking pass and two tickets to the ESPN VIP tailgate party. The offer is valid at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of Dreamstyle Arena, online at www.gildandreamhousenewmexicobowl.com or unmtickets.com, or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the Gildan New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999).

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK:  Friday night we will see one more Conference USA team become bowl eligible as 5-5 Middle Tennessee takes on 5-5 WKU. Later in the evening, the Mountain West’s UNLV fights to stay in the running as the Rebels visit New Mexico.

Saturday, C-USA has five league games and two nonconference contests. Old Dominion needs to pick up a win to stay alive for the postseason, hosting Rice for just the second meeting in the series. Louisiana Tech is also in a must-win situation as it heads to UTEP Saturday afternoon. UTSA can become bowl eligible with a win at home as Marshall makes its first trip to the Alamodome.

In nonconference play, UAB takes on Florida for the first time since 2011. The Blazers have never beaten the Gators but Florida is struggling this season, posting a 3-6 overall record and are already eliminated from a bowl. North Texas takes on Army in a rematch of last year’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Black Knights are 2-0 against C-USA this season so far, beating UTEP at home and Rice in Texas.

The Mountain West has five conference matchups on Saturday, beginning with Fresno State in Laramie against Wyoming. The Bulldogs are one win away from clinching a spot in the Mountain West Championship. Utah State could become bowl eligible with a win, taking on Hawai`i for the first time since 2014. Air Force is in a must-win situation Saturday night as it visits Boise State. The Broncos are unbeaten in league play this year but Air Force may have momentum on its side having a three-game win streak against Boise State. In fact, the Falcons are the only MW member to have a winning record against the Broncos.  Please check out the complete schedule with series notes and viewing information on page 1.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: The first of 78 bowl bids has been officially claimed. Army earned its sixth win in Week 8, solidifying its automatic spot in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. There are 58 other teams around the FBS who are now bowl-eligible. Every conference has at least three teams eligible. The SEC leads the way with eight ready for the postseason. Two teams, Ole Miss because of a self-imposed penalty, and Coastal Carolina because its transitioning to the FBS, are ineligible for the postseason. There are 25 others have been eliminated from postseason play, leaving 44 still in the running.

Conference USA has six members that are among the group waiting for an invitation while the Mountain West has five. San Diego State, Colorado State, Boise State, Wyoming and Fresno State are eligible to fill the five bowl commitments the league has in tact. Conference USA has six bowl tie-ins which Marshall, Florida Atlantic, FIU, North Texas, Southern Miss and UAB wait to fill. The MW’s Utah State is just one win away from joining the party, as are C-USA’s Middle Tennessee, WKU and UTSA. From our partner conferences, C-USA’s Old Dominion and Louisiana Tech and the MW’s Air Force and UNLV, all 4-6 overall, are on the cusp of elimination and must win out the remainder of its games. C-USA’s Charlotte, Rice and UTEP have already been eliminated, as have the MW’s Hawai`i, Nevada, New Mexico and San Jose State.

POSTSEASON PROJECTIONS: Several national collegiate football analysts do their best to piece together a prediction for how the bowl lineup will turn out. The projections for the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl vary with seven different Conference USA schools and five Mountain West programs getting nods. San Diego State leads the way as the Mountain West representative with six nods while Colorado State (2), Wyoming (2), Fresno State (1) and Utah State (1) also garner votes. For Conference USA, three are predicting the North Texas Mean Green will be making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based bowl while Southern Miss, UTSA and FAU received two bids apiece. Here’s a complete breakdown:

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Three-Day Ticket Sale Nov. 15-17

Nov. 13, 2017
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Three-Day Ticket Sale Nov. 15-17
All tickets are reduced $5, Orders entered into VIP drawing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is running a three-day ticket sale Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 17, offering fans discounted tickets and a chance to win a VIP experience.

Tickets eligible for the $5 off promotion include the South End Zone Field Suite tickets, which normally retail for $75 and include a meal and beverage. Lower Bowl tickets (normally $40) and North End Zone General Admission tickets (normally $25) are also included in the three-day sale. Each order during this sale will automatically be entered into a drawing for VIP prizes. The grand prize is a VIP parking pass, four passes to the ESPN VIP Tailgate Party, four tickets in the End Zone Club and one VIP Bowl gift package. Second prize is a VIP parking pass, two passes to the ESPN VIP Tailgate Party and two tickets in the End Zone Club. Third prize is a VIP parking pass and two tickets to the ESPN VIP tailgate party.

The offer is valid at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of The Pit, or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the Gildan New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999).

The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is once again igniting the collegiate bowl postseason, playing on opening day as it has since 2008. The game is scheduled to feature a member of the Mountain West and Conference USA. The Mountain West representative is scheduled to be the home team this year.

Kickoff in Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., is slated for Saturday, Dec. 16. It will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 2:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. EST).


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ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Florida); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Texas Bowl (Houston); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Hartford, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 presented by State Farm (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

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ESPN Media Contact: Anna Negron at 860-766-2233 or anna.m.negron@espn.com; @Anna_ESPN

 

 

 

Ski New Mexico Offers Free Lift Ticket With Purchase of Gildan New Mexico Bowl Ticket

Nov. 10, 2017
Ski New Mexico Offers Free Lift Ticket With Purchase of Gildan New Mexico Bowl Ticket
Offer valid at eight New Mexico ski resorts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ski New Mexico, in association with the New Mexico Tourism Department, has partnered with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to provide ticketholders an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy two New Mexico True experiences. From December 17-24, 2017, one bowl game ticket can be redeemed for a free lift ticket.

“World class skiing is a premier attraction in our State,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “I am very excited to partner Ski New Mexico with the Land of Enchantment’s premier annual sports event. It makes so much sense. The opportunity for our fans to be able to enjoy a great bowl experience and take in the beauty of New Mexico is very special.”

This offer is valid at one of Ski New Mexico’s eight great ski areas: Ski Apache, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain, Red River Ski Area, Angel Fire Resort, Sipapu Ski Resort, and Sandia Peak. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl ticket must be presented in person at the ski area ticket office for redemption and must be used the same day as redeemed. Limit is one per person and there is no cash value or refund.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl tickets are on sale now at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of Dreamstyle Arena, online at www.unmtickets.com or www.gildandreamhousenewmexicobowl.com or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the Gildan New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999). Discount codes ($5 off $25 North End Zone general admission or $10 off $40 premium bowl tickets) are also currently available on New Mexico Lottery Powerball®, Mega Millions® and Mega Millions® Just the Jackpot™ tickets through Friday, December 8.

The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is once again igniting the collegiate bowl postseason, playing on opening day as it has since 2008. The game is scheduled to feature a member of the Mountain West and Conference USA. The Mountain West representative is scheduled to be the home team this year.

Kickoff in Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., is slated for Saturday, Dec. 16. It will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 2:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. EST).


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ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Florida); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Texas Bowl (Houston); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Hartford, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 presented by State Farm (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

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ESPN Media Contact: Anna Negron at 860-766-2233 or anna.m.negron@espn.com; @Anna_ESPN

 

Week 11 News & Notes

Week 11 News & Notes in PDF Format

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: For the second straight week, former Mountain West member BYU returns to play an old rival, this time meeting UNLV on ESPN2 Friday night. The Rebels haven’t hosted the Cougars since 2009 and last met in 2014 in Provo, where BYU picked up its seventh consecutive win in the series. On Saturday, New Mexico is also playing a nonconference game, visiting Texas A&M in a must-win situation for the Lobos. UNM, 0-3 all-time vs. the Aggies, last visited College Station in 2009, concluding an home-and-home series that began in Albuquerque in 2008.

In Mountain West action, four games are slated for Saturday including three in the late night timeslot. Air Force hosts Wyoming as it looks to avenge the nine point loss suffered in Laramie last year. A win would also strengthen the Falcons chances of making the postseason, currently boasting four wins with three tough division matchups remaining. Boise State hopes to extend its five-game win streak, traveling to Colorado State. The Broncos have not lost to the Rams in six tries but it will be the first game played in CSU’s new on-campus stadium, which has been incredibly tough on opponents. The evening concludes with Hawai`i taking on division-leader Fresno State in Honolulu. It’s a must-win game for the Rainbow Warriors or else they will be eliminated from bowl consideration. The Bulldogs are in the drivers’ seat to represent the West Division in the Mountain West Championship Game. They hold a one-game lead on San Diego State with three league games remaining and own the tie-breaker against the Aztecs, having defeated the SDSU earlier this season.

Seven Conference USA games are on tap Saturday, starting off with Middle Tennessee at Charlotte. The Blue Raiders are 2-0 against the 49ers and need the win to put them one victory away from becoming bowl eligible. Florida Atlantic, riding a five-game win streak and is unbeaten is league play, heads to Louisiana Tech for the first meeting in the series. The Bulldogs, also with four wins, need win with just three games remaining. North Texas has the opportunity to clinch the West Division and earn a spot in the Conference USA Championship, just needing a victory as it hosts the winless UTEP Miners.  Please check out the complete schedule with series notes and viewing information on page 1 of the PDF linked above.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: The first of 78 bowl bids has been officially claimed. Army earned its sixth win in Week 8, solidifying its automatic spot in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. There are 49 other teams around the FBS who are now bowl-eligible. Every conference has at least one team eligible. The Big Ten and SEC lead the way with seven ready for the postseason. Two teams, Ole Miss because of a self-imposed penalty, and Coastal Carolina because its transitioning to the FBS, are ineligible for the postseason. Ony 19 others have been eliminated from postseason play, leaving 59 still in the running.

The Mountain West and Conference USA each have five members that are among the group waiting for an invitation. San Diego State, Colorado State, Boise State, Wyoming and Fresno State are eligible to fill the five bowl commitments the league has in tact. Conference USA has six bowl tie-ins which Marshall, Florida Atlantic, FIU, North Texas and UAB wait to fill. The MW’s Utah State is just one win away from joining the party, as are C-USA’s WKU, Southern Miss and UTSA. From our partner conferences, C-USA’s Old Dominion and the MW’s Hawai`i and New Mexico, all 3-6 overall, are on the cusp of elimination and must win out the remainder of its games. C-USA’s Charlotte, Rice and UTEP have already been eliminated, as have the MW’s Nevada and San Jose State.

POSTSEASON PROJECTIONS: Several national collegiate football analysts do their best to piece together a prediction for how the bowl lineup will turn out. The projections for the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl vary with five different Conference USA schools and four Mountain West programs getting nods. San Diego State leads the way as the Mountain West representative with six nods while Colorado State (3), Fresno State (2), and Wyoming (1) also garner votes. For Conference USA, four are predicting the North Texas Mean Green will be making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based bowl while WKU earned three picks and UTSA and FAU received two bids apiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 10 News & Notes

Week 10 News & Notes in PDF Format

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: Late Friday afternoon, FAU hosts Marshall for a nationally-televised (CBS Sports) contest. The Owls are hunting for their first win in the series with the Herd, which would make them eligible for bowl berth in December.

Saturday in nonconference action, WKU also goes for the coveted sixth win as it closes out a three-game series with Vanderbilt. The Hilltoppers just might have the momentum as the visitor has won each of the last two meetings. Southern Miss also steps out of league play, meeting Tennessee for the first time since 2007. The Golden Eagles have never beaten the Vols in Knoxville, sitting at 0-5 all-time.

In C-USA matchups, UAB, which is a perfect 4-0 at home this season, could also become bowl eligible for just the fifth time in program history as it hosts Rice. North Texas, which leads C-USA’s West Division, hopes to become bowl eligible, taking on Louisiana Tech. The Mean Green control their own destiny in reaching the conference championship game, holding the head-to-head tiebreakers over UAB, Southern Miss and UTSA. One team is guaranteed to be bowl eligible on Saturday when 5-2 UTSA leaves Texas for the first time this season, taking on 5-2 FIU. The Panthers are perfect at home this season but the Roadrunners won the only other meeting in the series, 16-13, in 2014.

The Mountain West’s day begins Saturday with Air Force taking on Army in its final game of the Commander-In-Chief series this season. The Falcons have dominated the series and own 20 CIC trophies but the Black Knights are riding a four-game win streak that made them bowl-eligible two weeks ago. Fresno State is also taking a break from league play, hosting BYU for the first time since 1998. The Bulldogs would become bowl eligible with a win, making Jeff Tedford the third head coach in the history of the program to lead Fresno State to a bowl game in year one at the helm.

There are four big division battles in the Mountain West as New Mexico hosts Utah State and Colorado State battles Wyoming in the Mountain while Hawai`i visits UNLV and San Diego State takes on San Jose State in the West. It is the 109th meeting of the Border War between the Rams and Cowboys, which makes the series the longest-running continuous rivalry west of the Mississippi. The Aztecs need a win at SJSU to stay in the race with Fresno State in the West. A victory is crucial to avoiding the hot seat for the Lobos, Aggies, Rainbow Warriors and Rebels. All four currently have five losses this season and would have to win out their remaining games after suffering a loss this weekend. Please check out the complete schedule with series notes and viewing information on page 1 of the linked PDF above.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: The first of 78 bowl bids has been officially claimed. Army earned its sixth win in Week 8, solidifying its automatic spot in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. There are 38 other teams around the FBS who are now bowl-eligible. Every conference has at least one team eligible. The SEC leads the way with seven ready for the postseason. Two teams, Ole Miss because of a self-imposed penalty, and Coastal Carolina because its transitioning to the FBS, are ineligible for the postseason. Thirteen others have been eliminated from postseason play.

The Mountain West’s San Diego State, Colorado State, and Boise State and Conference USA’s Marshall are among the group waiting for an invitation. The MW’s Wyoming and Fresno State are just one win away from joining the party, as are C-USA’s Florida Atlantic, FIU, WKU, North Texas, Southern Miss, UAB and UTSA. From our partner conferences, only Old Dominion, at 2-6, is on the cusp of elimination. C-USA’s Charlotte, Rice and UTEP have already been eliminated, as have the MW’s Nevada and San Jose State.

POSTSEASON PROJECTIONS: Several national collegiate football analysts do their best to piece together a prediction for how the bowl lineup will turn out. The projections for the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl vary with seven different Conference USA schools and five Mountain West programs getting nods. San Diego State leads the way as the Mountain West representative with six nods while Wyoming (2), Colorado State (2), Air Force (1) and Fresno State (1) also garner votes. For Conference USA, three are predicting the North Texas Mean Green will be making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based bowl while UTSA, FAU and WKU all received two bids.

Week 9 News & Notes

Week 9 News & Notes in PDF Format

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: There is a full slate of college football on Saturday with 12 games amongst Conference USA and Mountain West members. C-USA East Division rivals FIU and Marshall kick off from Huntington on Facebook at 12:30 p.m. MT. Rice battles bowl-elimination at home against West Division rival, Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs lead the series, 6-4, after a 45-point victory last year but the Owls are 3-1 vs. La Tech when playing at home. FAU looks to keep its half-game lead on WKU in the East but faces an uphill battle as it heads to WKU. The Owls lead the series, 5-3, but the Hilltoppers are 14-2 at home against C-USA opponents since joining the league in 2014. The lone cross division matchup pits Old Dominion against North Texas for the first time. The instate battle betweek UTSA and UTEP rounds out the night for C-USA. Last year’s meeting was the longest in league history, going to five overtimes. The road team has won each of the four previous meetings.

The MW action starts with Air Force looking to hand Colorado State its first league loss of the season. The Falcons lead the series and won last year’s matchup but the home team has won each of the last five games. San Jose State steps away from conference play, taking on BYU in the final game of a home-and-home series that started in 2015. New Mexico aims to even the series against Wyoming with its fourth straight win against the Cowboys. In the 8 p.m. timeslot, Boise State visits Utah State on CBS Sports while Fresno State hosts UNLV on AT&T Sports Network. A win for the Bulldogs would make head coach Jeff Tedford just the third first-year coach to lead Fresno State to bowl eligibility in his first season. Closing out the night on ESPN2, Hawai`i welcomes San Diego State and looks to end the Aztecs’ five-game win streak in the series. Please check out the complete schedule with series notes and viewing information on page 1 of the linked PDF above.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: The first of 78 bowl bids has been officially claimed. Army earned its sixth win last weekend, solidifying its automatic spot in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. There are 27 other teams around the FBS who are now bowl-eligible. The Mountain West’s San Diego State, Colorado State and Conference USA’s Marshall are among the group waiting for an invitation. Two teams, Ole Miss because of a self-imposed penalty, and Coastal Carolina because its transitioning to the FBS, are ineligible for the postseason. Eight, including Charlotte (C-USA), UTEP (C-USA), Nevada (MW) and San Jose State (MW) have been eliminated from postseason play. For Conference USA, WKU and Southern Miss are next in line to become bowl eligible, boasting five wins. Five other C-USA teams are just two wins shy of the necessary six needed.  Rice, at 1-6, is on the cusp of elimination. In the Mountain West, Boise State and Fresno State are one victory from joining in on the postseason. Wyoming and Utah State are two wins away from the required six victories.

POSTSEASON PROJECTIONS: Several national collegiate football analysts do their best to piece together a prediction for how the bowl lineup will turn out. For the second straight week, early everyone has changed their minds for the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. San Diego State leads the way as the Mountain West representative with six nods while Wyoming (3), Fresno State (2) and Boise State (1) also garner votes. For Conference USA, three are predicting the North Texas Mean Green will be making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based bowl while UTSA, Middle Tennessee and WKU all received two bids. For a complete breakdown, look at the chart at the top of page 2 in the PDF linked at the top.