The Brigham Young Cougars have reached an agreement with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be on of the game's two participants, if BYU is bowl eligible, but not selected to play in a BCS bowl this coming football season. The game is scheduled for December 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. CST. The full press release from BYU can be found here.
BYU declared independent status in football less than a year ago (August 31, 2010) and lost all bowl tie-ins that it had as a member of the Mountain West Conference. One of those bowls was, in fact, the Armed Forces Bowl. BYU has also entered into separate bowl agreements with the Poinsettia Bowl for 2012, and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl for 2013. The Poinsettia Bowl is also a MWC bowl, and BYU will face one of its former conference foes in that game.
In the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl, BYU will face a team from Conference USA. BYU has played four bowl games against current C-USA teams: UTEP (New Mexico Bowl, 2010), Marshall (Motor City, 1999), Tulane (Liberty Bowl, 1998), SMU (Holiday Bowl, 1980). BYU's record in these games is 2-2.
BYU is scheduled to play the reigning C-USA champion UCF on September 23, 2011, in Provo, UT.
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