NCAA Football: The Las Vegas Bowl is on the Move
Beginning in 2020, the Las Vegas Bowl will be on the move. It will not be leaving Sin City. The bowl game is just changing venues. The game will move from Sam Boyd Stadium (current home of the UNLV Rebels) to the new stadium being built to house the Oakland Raiders. Per Bret McMurphy, ”Starting in 2020, which coincides with the beginning of the next NCAA bowl cycle, the Las Vegas Bowl will feature a Pac-12 team against another Power 5 conference team”, sources said.
“Every Power 5 conference wants in this game because of the new stadium and location,” a source said.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN GOING FORWARD
Well for the Mountain West Conference it means they will have to find a new home to host their conference champion. The Las Vegas Bowl has housed the champion of the MWC since 2006. McMurphy believes the Cactus Bowl in Tempe, AZ or the Arizona Bowl in Tucson are possibilities for that.
As for the Las Vegas Bowl, this is an opportunity to get a better representative from the Pac-12 and pit them against a top-tier team from the SEC. There are currently no bowl games pitting the two Power-5 conferences against each other. The SEC has more than its share of matchups with the ACC and Big Ten. It even has a few matchups with the Big 12. Recently there has been an upswing in intra-conference matchups between the two conferences during the regular season. Including two tremendous games between UCLA and Texas A&M the last two years. Southern Cal played Alabama two seasons ago in a neutral site game and Auburn plays Washington in Atlanta this year. There has long been crying for the two to play each other in a bowl game or games. I think it will be great for both conferences.
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