Here are capsule previews for all 12 MW teams, which are listed in the order of predicted finish in the preseason media poll.
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The decision to invite Brigham Young to the Las Vegas Bowl in 2005 was controversial and in many ways difficult to justify. A ranked, one-loss Texas Christian was out there. So was Utah, which had just beaten the Cougars.
Tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl are more coveted than you think.
To the fans, bowl games are a great trip to a fun location and, hopefully, a great football game. For the players, it's also about the gifts.
For the first part of its existence, the Las Vegas Bowl had the problem of creating enough interest for its game. Now it has the other problem.
While the resumption of the state of Utah's "Holy War" in Vegas has a sex appeal to it, what are regional and national media outlets saying about the Dec. 19 game at Sam Boyd Stadium?
When the announcement was made Sunday afternoon, he was wearing a dark blazer, pressed white shirt with an open collar, dark trousers and black-and-white crocheted Nikes that seemed a cross between skate shoes and bedroom slippers.
Utah, No. 22 in the final College Football Playoff ranking, was selected Sunday as the Pac-12 opponent for Brigham Young in the Las Vegas Bowl, which will be played Dec. 19 at Sam Boyd Stadium (12:30 p.m., ABC).
Within 12 hours of Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson saying Monday he didn't expect the Las Vegas Bowl to take one of his teams and instead go with Brigham Young, the game sold nearly 1,000 tickets.
Tuesday was Las Vegas Bowl executive director John Saccenti's 40th birthday, a milestone day that he didn't have much time to celebrate.