Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Chippewas vs. Wyoming on Dec. 22

Dec. 3, 2017

The Central Michigan football team's matchup against Wyoming on the blue field of Albertsons Stadium in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, is best viewed in person.

We can put you in the best seats for the Friday, Dec. 22 game, which begins at 2 p.m. MST, 4 p.m. ET.

The matchup, announced Sunday afternoon, pits the Cowboys (7-5 overall, 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference) against CMU (8-4, 6-2 Mid-American Conference), which finished the regular season with a five-game winning streak.

"Outstanding," CMU coach John Bonamego said. "This is a bowl game that traditionally features close, exciting games, and we give our seniors an opportunity to play in a unique stadium against one of the best teams in the Mountain West."

MAC teams are 3-4 in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl games. Akron beat Utah State, 23-21 in the 2015 game, the last time at MAC team played in the bowl. Idaho beat Colorado State, 61-50, in the 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

"We are very excited to welcome Central Michigan and Wyoming to the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl," said Executive Director Kevin McDonald. "There is always extra enthusiasm around the bowl when we have two first-time participants, and this year will be no different."

"We have a great lineup of bowl-week events for the teams, their fans and the local community," McDonald said. "Now we have two exciting teams with big-play capabilities who will put an exclamation mark on the festivities with a really competitive game."

For Wyoming, it is a quick return to Albertsons Stadium. The Cowboys lost to Boise State, 24-14, on Oct. 21. The Cowboys will play in a bowl game in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1987-88.

The Chippewas are in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season. Nine CMU players were named to MAC all-conference teams last week, including senior cornerback Amari Coleman, who was named to the All-MAC First Team Defense for the second consecutive season.

Purchasing tickets through CMU is the easiest way fans and alumni can show support for the Chippewas during the bowl season for two key reasons:
1. Obtaining tickets through Ticket Central's special Famous Idaho Potato Bowl line at 989-774-1921 directly helps CMU football student-athletes enjoy the best possible bowl experience. Fans can also go online to buy from Ticket Central.
2. Buying tickets through CMU is the only way to ensure seating in CMU sections. More ticket information will be added to this post when it is available.

Tickets cost $55 plus an ordering and delivery fee, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Fans can purchase tickets in person at Ticket Central, by calling 989-774-1921 or visiting cmuchippewas.com. Tickets ordered by phone or online also carry a mailing fee, and a will-call window pickup option is available.

A chance to cheer and help the Chippewas: CMU fans can play an active role in creating a first-class bowl experience for the CMU Chippewas and the Chippewa Marching Band by donating to the Bowl Game Championship Fund. CMU will not receive sufficient revenue from its appearance to cover travel expenses for the team and marching band. All individuals donating $100 or more will receive 2017/18 Chippewa Club membership credit. Go online to donate to the Bowl Championship Fund or contact the Chippewa Athletic Fund at 989-774-6680.

More on the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Who: CMU (8-4) and Wyoming (7-5) will kick off in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at 2 p.m. (MST)/ 4 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Dec. 22.

On the air: The game will be televised by ESPN and carried on the CMU IMG Sports Radio network.

The Mash Bash: The CMU Cheerleaders and CMU Marching Band will provide entertainment on Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Boise Centre on the Grove Plaza. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Game day and CMU fans: Activities begin at 11 a.m. on game day with a fan fest and a tent village.

Hotels, restaurants and more about Boise, Idaho: Visit the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl website.

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