SAN DIEGO -- The National University Holiday Bowl is set for December 27, 2014, the first time the postseason game has been played on a Saturday since Texas A&M defeated BYU in 1990. In addition, bowl officials announced the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will be held December 23.
San Diego's bowl season officially kicks off at 6:30 p.m. PT, Tuesday, Dec. 23 as the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl celebrates its 10th anniversary. The game will feature a bowl-eligible Navy team versus a team from the Mountain West. The Midshipmen, who played in the inaugural game in 2005, will be making their fourth appearance versus a Mountain West team, the anchor conference from the start. Navy was here most recently in 2010 when it faced San Diego State.
Four days later the National University Holiday Bowl will kick off at 5:00 p.m. PT. The 37th annual game marks the return of the Big Ten Conference to America's Finest City, where it will meet a team from the Pac-12 Conference. A Big Ten team last appeared in the Holiday Bowl in 1994 when Michigan defeated Colorado State, 24-14. The Pac-12 has been with Bowl since 1998.
Both games will be played at Qualcomm Stadium and be televised nationally on ESPN.
"This is shaping up to be an exciting bowl game season for us here in San Diego," said Vincent Mudd, president of the 2014 San Diego Bowl Game Association. "The return of a powerhouse team from the Big Ten to the National University Holiday Bowl promises renewed excitement for our community as well as for fans traveling to our great city. We also mark a big milestone as we celebrate the 10th year of the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl. To welcome Navy back is the perfect way to honor the anniversary."
The mission of the two bowl games is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation's most exciting bowl games and festivals of events.