Central Michigan to play Boise State at Arizona Bowl

Boise State (7-5, Mountain West) vs. Central Michigan (8-4, Mid-American), Dec.31, 2 p.m. ET

LOCATION: Tuscon, Arizona

BEST PLAYERS

Boise State: WR Khalil Shakir, 77 receptions, 1,117 receiving yards, seven touchdowns.

Central Michigan: RB Lew Nichols III, 1,710 rushing yards (No. 1 nationally), 300 receiving yards, 17 total TDs.

NOTABLE

Boise State: The Broncos have two road wins over ranked opponents in one season for the first time in program history. Boise State beat then-No. 10 BYU 26-17 in Provo, Utah on October 9 and earned a 40-14 victory at No.23 Fresno State on November 6.

Mid Michigan: Coach Jim McElwain returned to the program after the Chippewas were 1-11 and winless against FBS opponents in 2018. CMU won eight games in 2019 and appeared in the Championship game of the conference, losing to Miami (Ohio) 26-21, and went 3-3 during the conference-only COVID spring season.

LAST TIME

Boise State 26, Central Michigan 10. (November 24, 2001)

BOWL HISTORY

Boise State: First Arizona Bowl appearance, 24th straight season qualifying for the bowl – the third longest active streak behind Ohio State (33) and Georgia (24).

Central Michigan: First appearance in the Arizona Bowl, 13th appearance in school history and 11th in past 16 seasons.

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