NFL Flex Schedule Move Sends BYU’s New Mexico Bowl To Primetime
PROVO, Utah – BYU football will get a primetime spot on network television thanks to the NFL flexing around its schedule.
On Monday, the NFL announced that the December 18 game between the Raiders and Patriots in Las Vegas was moving from a Sunday Night Football spot to a 2:05 p.m. (MT) kick time. So now you’re probably thinking, what does this have to do with BYU’s game?
This move means #BYU vs. SMU at the New Mexico Bowl will go to a primetime 5:30 p.m. (MT) kick on December 17.
The Las Vegas Bowl moves to the 12:15 p.m. slot. https://t.co/LxK7zPd2Sv
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) December 5, 2022
The New Mexico Bowl occurs on the same day as the Las Vegas Bowl, December 17. That is one day before the Raiders/Patriots game. ESPN announced that they would switch the kickoff times of the New Mexico and Las Vegas bowls if the NFL moved the Raiders game.
New Mexico Bowl moves to primetime
🚨OFFICIAL UPDATE: The @NMBowl start time has changed and will now be played on December 17th at 7:30 pm EST on ABC!🚨
— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2022
The switch is because it allows the Allegiant Stadium staff more time to flip the stadium from the LV Bowl decor and field to have it ready for a Raiders game day.
So now BYU versus SMU at the New Mexico takes over the Las Vegas Bowl’s previous timeslot, 5:30 p.m. (MT) on ABC. The Las Vegas Bowl featuring Oregon State versus Florida moves to 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.
It’s the first game on ABC for BYU this season. The Cougars have had two network television games this season when they faced Oregon on FOX and Notre Dame on NBC. BYU is 0-2 in network games this season.
BYU and SMU are each 7-5 entering the New Mexico Bowl. The two programs have had three meetings all-time, with BYU coming away victorious in all three. One of those meetings includes a win in the 1980 Holiday Bowl. A game that saw BYU down 45-25, and they roared back to claim a 46-45 victory led by quarterback Jim McMahon.
BYU vs. SMU
2022 New Mexico Bowl
Date: December 17, 2022
Kickoff Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Stadium: University Stadium (Capacity: 39,224)
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Mitch will be in Albuquerque for the 2022 New Mexico Bowl between BYU and SMU. Follow his coverage on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.
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