Fresno State is reportedly headed to the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
That was the scenario painted during Saturday’s Mountain West football championship game: The winner would be invited to the Las Vegas Bowl and the loser would be invited to the Hawaii Bowl.
Boise State beat Fresno State 17-14.
Bowl pairings will be set Sunday.
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Las Vegas Bowl executive director John Saccenti said his bowl is expecting the Mountain West champion. The Las Vegas Bowl gets the first pick of MW teams.
“We’ve talked to both teams … that it’s our full intention to take the winner of this game,” Saccenti said.
Media following the University of Houston (7-4) of the American Athletic Conference reported that the Cougars were in the Hawaii Bowl against the MW title-game loser.
Fresno State played in the Hawaii Bowl twice this decade, losing 43-10 to SMU in 2012 and 30-6 to Rice in 2014.
Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada