San Diego State accepted the invitation to play Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21 in Albuquerque, N.M.
The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN. SDSU will play in the New Mexico Bowl for the first time.
That places the Aztecs (9-3) in a bowl game for the 10th consecutive season. That’s the longest streak among FBS schools in the state. SDSU is one of just 13 FBS programs to make a bowl game in at least 10 straight seasons. They are only one of only two schools from a Group of 5 conference to do so.
The Aztecs enter the game ranked among the top 10 in the nation in numerous categories. They tied for first in fumbles lost (2) and third in turnover margin (+1.25).
The placed second in rushing defense (72.3) and turnovers lost (7), fourth in scoring defense (12.8), fifth in total defense (288.7) and first down defense (190).
The Chippewas, meanwhile, fell to Miami (OH), 26-21, in the MAC Championship game yesterday, ending the regular season at 8-5.
San Diego State and Central Michigan have not played each other before. San Diego State, 12-1-1 all-time against MAC schools, suffered its lone setback against Ohio in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl.
“San Diego State has one of the nation’s best defenses and is playing for double-digit wins for the fourth time in the past six seasons,” said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “Central Michigan is in the midst of a special season having gone from 1-11 to playing for the MAC championship with a high-powered offense.”
– Staff reports