Las Vegas Bowl set for Dec. 20

The Las Vegas Bowl will be played Dec. 20 at Sam Boyd Stadium, according to an announcement from ESPN Events.

The game is to kick off at 12:30 p.m. and to be televised nationally on ABC. The bowl features the top pick from the Mountain West against the sixth pick from the Pac-12 Conference. Last year, USC defeated Fresno State, 45-20.

It will be the third straight Saturday game and the second being sponsored by synthetic oil manufacturer Royal Purple.