The Wyoming football team will end its season in Boise, Idaho.
The Cowboys will play the Central Michigan Chippewas on Dec. 22 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the bowl announced Sunday.
“Personally, our coaching staff and our players are excited about the opportunity to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl,” Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said in a release. “We want to thank the bowl committee for this opportunity.”
The bowl will be held at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, the home of the Boise State Broncos. Wyoming played on the field’s blue turf on Oct. 21, losing 24-14 to Boise State.
The Chippewas went 8-4 this regular season, including 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference, tied for second place in the West.
Wyoming and Central Michigan have played twice. The Cowboys won 31-10 in 2000 in Laramie and lost 32-20 in 2002 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Wyoming went 7-5 in its regular season, losing the final two games after quarterback Josh Allen was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Allen has not said whether he will play in the bowl game, which is expected to be his final game with Wyoming.
The Cowboys are going to a bowl game in consecutive years for the first time since 1987-88, both of which resulted in Holiday Bowl losses. Wyoming lost in the now-defunct Poinsettia Bowl last season to BYU.
“We’re excited about being in a bowl game for the second year in a row,” Bohl said. “I think it is another indication of us building a program for long-term success here at the University of Wyoming.
“I know it’s been many years since Wyoming has gone to back-to-back bowl games, and we are proud of our players for achieving consecutive bowl appearances.”
Bohl joins Dave Christensen (two), Paul Roach (three) and Lloyd Eaton (two) as coaches who have taken Wyoming to multiple bowl games.
Wyoming, which is 6-8 in bowl games, has never before played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Brett McMurphy reported Tuesday on The Score that Wyoming was “locked into” the Potato Bowl as the Mountain West’s representative.
“We are very excited to welcome Central Michigan and Wyoming to the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl,” said Kevin McDonald, executive director of the bowl. “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. Now we have two exciting teams with big-play capabilities who will put an exclamation mark on the festivities with a really competitive game.”