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On one hand, the Las Vegas Bowl almost becomes by default the biggest bowl game of the day because of the Pac-12's presence. On the other hand, it feels like an outlier, as the next Pac-12 officially affiliated bowl game isn't until Dec. 26, when Washington State will face Miami in the Sun Bowl.
The Las Vegas Bowl's other conference affiliation calls for either the winner of the Mountain West, or the second highest-ranked MWC team if the no. 1 team goes to a College Football Playoff Bowl, or BYU. Considering the odds are probably better that the MWC champion doesn't make the CFP, has a bowl where a Pac-12 school faces either the MWC champ or the second most notable independent school each year feels like it needs to be held after Christmas.
It's hard to see the benefit for having a Pac-12 vs MWC champ/BYU bowl game scheduled for the first day of the college bowl season. In theory, this kind of matchup really needs to be later in the college bowl season, where it can earn a little more prestige.
2015 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
BYU vs. Utah
Dec 19, 2015
Time and TV
2:00 PM ET, ESPN
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nv.
Mountain West/BYU vs. Pac-12
2014 final score
Utah defeated Colorado State 45-10