New Mexico Bowl

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New Mexico Bowl
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Stadium University Stadium
Location Albuquerque, NM
Operated 2016-present
Conference tie-ins C-USA vs MWC
Previous conference tie-ins Best Remaining vs Best Remaining (2016-2017)
PAC-12 vs MWC (2018)

The New Mexico Bowl is a postseason college football bowl game that has been played annually since 2016 at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since it's founding, the New Mexico Bowl has featured two at-large teams.

The 2016 contest was the first bowl game played in New Mexico, seeing the Stanford Cardinal defeat the Cincinnati Bearcats by a score of 14-7. The following year, 2017, saw the Navy Midshipmen defeat the Miami Hurricanes 23-7.

The New Mexico Bowl trophy is a 20-inch piece of Zia Pueblo pottery, painted with Pueblo symbols, the New Mexico Bowl logo, football players, and the logos of the competing teams. The Zia symbol, a Zia Pueblo symbol that is used in the state flag, is incorporated into the bowl game logo. The most valuable player trophies are crafted from traditional leather shields.


Season Team Score Score Team MVP
2016 Cincinnati Bearcats 7 14 Stanford Cardinal Jason Fowler, QB
2017 Miami Hurricanes 7 23 Navy Midshipmen Cyrus Gruber, K
2018 Arizona State 35 10 Central Michigan Chippewas Charles Parker, RB
2019 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 13 21 San Diego State Aztecs Mamadou Bellamy, QB

Appearances by Team

Team Conference Appearances Year(s) Record
Stanford Cardinal PAC-12 1 2016 1-0
Cincinnati Bearcats AAC 1 2016 0-1
Navy Midshipmen Independents 1 2017 1-0
Miami Hurricanes ACC 1 2017 0-1
Central Michigan Chippewas MAC 1 2018 0-1
Arizona State Sun Devils PAC-12 1 2018 1-0
San Diego State Aztecs MWC 1 2019 1-0
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers C-USA 1 2019 0-1