First Responders Bowl 2018: Boise State vs. Boston College
The Broncos get the opportunity to make up for a rough Mountain West Championship
Lyle’s status is currently unknown at this time
After the Broncos lost the Mountain West Championship game, their bowl destination was a bit of a mystery. That mystery was solved when it was announced that Boise State was selected to play in the First Responders Bowl on December 26, in Dallas, Texas, against Boston College. This bowl game is dedicated to first responders and even offers free tickets for first responders. If you are a first responder who is interested in receiving free tickets, visit the bowl website to claim yours.
The First Responders Bowl typically pairs teams from Conference USA and the Big Ten, but ESPN (ESPN owns many of the bowl games) was able to rearrange opponents to create a perceived more exciting matchup.
The Broncos were said to originally be slated to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against a MAC team, but this trade provided a better matchup for Boise State and the Mountain West Conference.
Boise State personnel and coaches have repeatedly stated that they would decline a bowl request if there were no other option, other than the Potato Bowl, so things seem to have worked out for all. This matchup is also a rematch of the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl where the Broncos lost to the Eagles 21-27.
Boston College comes in with a 7-5 record and on a 3 game losing streak. Prior to their 3 game losing streak, the Eagles were ranked in the AP Top 25 at 17th, but have since fallen out. Boston College relies heavily on the run game behind star running back A.J. Dillion who has rushed for 1,108 yards. He has had some struggles with staying healthy as he missed two games in October with an injury. Keep a lookout for a more in-depth preview from MW Wire.
When: Wednesday, December 26th
TV: 11:30 a.m. MT, ESPN
Where: The Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas