BYU fans may not think that the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the most prestigious bowl to attend, but the 6-6 Cougars will actually be playing in a bowl game with more than 20 years of history.
Here are five facts about Boise and Idaho's bowl game that you may not know.
The bowl is the longest-running cold weather bowl game in college football.
Though it hasn’t always been called the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the bowl game has been around since 1997. According to bowl organizers, this makes it the longest running cold weather bowl game in college football.
The bowl was originally called the Humanitarian Bowl.
Originally, the bowl was called the Humanitarian Bowl, in a partnership with Boise’s World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
In 1999, the bowl gained a new sponsor and was named the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl.
In 2004, the bowl was renamed the MPC Computers Bowl, before getting a new sponsor in 2007 and returning to its roots with a new sponsor to be called the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl.
In 2010, a sister company’s of Roady’s Truck Stops, UDrove, gained the name sponsorship of the bowl and the bowl was called the UDrove Humanitarian Bowl.
In 2011, the Idaho Potato Commission entered the scene as a long-term sponsor and the bowl was renamed the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, according to bowl officials.
BYU is the first independent team to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Over the years, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has had partnerships with several conferences, though it was originally a guaranteed bowl game for the Big West Conference champion, pitting them against a team from Conference USA.
In 2000, the Humanitarian Bowl transitioned to a bowl game for a Western Athletic Conference opponent, and an eight-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference began in in 2001.
In 2009, the bowl invited its first Mid-American Conference team and in 2012, the bowl’s 13-year partnership with the WAC ended.
In 2013, the Mountain West Conference made its first appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, a partnership that continues today.
This year’s matchup will pit independent BYU against Western Michigan from the Mid-American Conference.
The bowl has hosted 30 different teams.
This year marks 22 years that the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been held, and over the 22 years, the bowl has played host to 30 different teams.
The teams who have played in the bowl the most? That honor goes to Boise State and Utah State, who have each played in the bowl four times.
The 30 teams have come from eight different conferences — the Big West, Conference USA, WAC, ACC, Big 12, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sunbelt conference.
The highest score of any game came in 2016.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has often been a high scoring game, but the highest scoring game was played by Idaho and Colorado State. The Vandals won, beating the Rams 61-50.
The lowest score any team scored in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl? That honor goes to Tulsa in 2003, who scored only 10 points against Georgia Tech, who won 52-10.