2018 Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl, Breeding Ground for Top NFL Prospects, Will Kick Off on December 21st

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 EAGLE, Idaho, May 9, 2018 – The top teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences will go head to head on Friday, Dec. 21st at the 22nd Annual Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl (FIPB). Kickoff is 2:00 p.m. MST/4:00 p.m. EST on the blue turf at Boise State University’s Albertsons Stadium; it will air live on ESPN.

At the 2017 FIPB the Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference), defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference), 37-14. More than two million fans nationwide watched it live on ESPN, along with NFL recruiters who kept a sharp eye on the game. Wyoming’s quarterback Josh Allen was the Buffalo Bill’s first round pick, and seventh overall draft pick. Additionally, four other FIPB alum were recruited by the NFL this spring. The FIPB has a history of producing top athletes including:  

  • Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (Boston College)
  • Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (Western Michigan University)
  • Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 49ers (University of Wyoming)
  • Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (Central Michigan)

2018 marks the eighth year the IPC has been the naming sponsor of the premier cold-weather college football bowl game. “Pairing America’s favorite potato with one of America’s favorite sports has proven to be very effective,” explained Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. “The brand awareness this bowl game generates among our target audience across the country is enormous. And, that’s extremely important because it helps increase demand for Idaho® potatoes, the state’s most important agricultural crop. The potato industry generates more than $4.5 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 30,000 people.”

The Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl is one of 35 bowl games ESPN will televise over 17 days. The Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. Tickets go on sale to the general public in September through www.ticketmaster.com or the Bronco Stadium ticket office at (208) 426-4737. For premium ticket packages and sponsorship information contact the Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl office at (208) 424-1011.

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About The Idaho Potato Commission 

Established in 1937, the IPC is a state agency responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered certification mark that assures consumers are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation, and rich volcanic soil give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance, which differentiates them from potatoes grown in other states.