18th Annual Game to be played at University Stadium at 3:45 MT and televised on ESPN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 2023 college bowl season will return to Albuquerque, N.M. for the 18thannual New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 16 from University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. MT with the game to be televised on ESPN.
“We are grateful to have another fantastic timeslot to showcase the New Mexico Bowl, our state and our community to a national audience,” said Executive Director Jeff Siembieda. “The Saturday afternoon tradition has been a wonderful spot for our fans and teams and we’re all looking forward to another college football bowl season in Albuquerque on December 16.”
The game, which has been played on the opening Saturday of Bowl Season for 16 of the last 17 years, is slated to feature a team from the Mountain West Conference against a team from either Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, the Sun Belt Conference or the Mid-American Conference.
In the 2022 edition of the New Mexico Bowl, the BYU defense stopped SMU on a two-point conversion in the last minute of the game to preserve a one-point victory, 24-23, in primetime.
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