BYU, MAC teams to make Poinsettia Bowl appearances

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SAN DIEGO — The Poinsettia Bowl announced Wednesday its lineup of schools and conferences for the next six years for its postseason college football game in San Diego.

poinsettiaBowlThe list has a Mountain West school taking on Navy in 2014, Army in 2016, BYU in 2017 and 2018, and a Mid-American Conference representative in 2017 and 2019. Navy, Army and BYU would have to be bowl-eligible to play in their particular years.

The bowl eligibility requirement became a big issue for bowl organizers this season. Army was set to travel to San Diego next month, but the Black Knights have sagged to a 3-6 record.

They’ll be replaced by a team from the MAC, which already has five bowl-eligible schools in Ball State, Buffalo, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Toledo, according to the bowl.

Navy has played in the game twice, defeating Colorado State in 2005, and losing to Utah in 2007 and San Diego State in 2010. BYU has appeared in the contest once, downing SDSU in 2012. The lone MAC participant was Northern Illinois, routed by Texas Christian in 2006.