Aggies are going bowling. But where?

Utah State hosts Hawai'i in the final home game of the season on Saturday, November 18. With a win against Hawai'i, Utah State will be bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Utah State football now has six wins, which means the team is eligible to go to a bowl game. The bowl picture is cloudy, and will be until the season has ended and bowl teams are selected.

The Aggies are one of six Mountain West teams that are in the bowl picture.

Here is a breakdown of possible bowls, some much more likely than others.

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<h2><strong>Las Vegas Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Saturday Dec. 16, 2017</em>

<em>Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada</em>

<em>Mountain West vs Pac-12</em>

<em>Payout: $2,500,000</em>

This bowl will likely go to the conference champion, which will be either Boise State or Fresno State, but the spot could be freed up if the Mountain West champion happens to be the highest-ranked champion from conferences included in the Group of Five, which includes the American, Mountain West, MAC, Conference USA and Sun Belt conferences.

Currently, neither team is near the top spot among the Group of Five teams.

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<h2><strong>Cactus Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017</em>

<em>Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona</em>

<em>Big 12 vs Pac-12</em>

<em>Payout: $2,000,000</em>

The Cactus Bowl gets the next pick after the Las Vegas Bowl, but it will only go to a Mountain West team only if there aren’t enough bowl eligible teams among the Big 12 or the Pac-12 to fill their spots. At that point the Cactus Bowl would get to pick whoever it wants, as long as the Mountain West team is bowl eligible.

The Big 12 has six bowl tie ins with seven teams currently bowl eligible. Texas Tech could become team eight with a win over Texas, so there is a good chance the spot won’t be open.

But Oklahoma might be in the playoffs. If Texas Tech doesn’t win, and another team sneaks into the New Year’s Six picture, a Mountain West team will get the vacant spot.

The Pac-12 will have nine eligible teams, and six bowls to fill, so it appears the conference will be able to fill its allotment.

<h2><strong>Gildan New Mexico Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Saturday Dec. 16, 2017</em>

<em>Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico</em>

<em>Conference USA vs Mountain West</em>

<em>Payout: $1,100,000</em>

Mountain West officials and bowl representatives will determine which conference teams will go to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the Hawai’i Bowl. According to the conference’s website, consideration will be given to geography, the matchup and the team’s history in the bowl.

Utah State has played and won in the New Mexico Bowl before. The Aggies beat UTEP 21-6 in 2014. Quarterback Kent Myers was named bowl MVP.

<h2><strong>Famous Idaho Potato Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Friday, Dec. 22, 2017</em>

<em>Albertson’s Stadium, Boise, Idaho</em>

<em>Mountain West vs MAC</em>

<em>Payout: $950,000</em>

Aggie fans are familiar with this bowl. USU played in the inaugural bowl game in 1997, losing to Cincinnati 35-19, and has played in it three more times since 2011. USU lost to Ohio 24-23 in 2011, beat Toledo 41-15 in 2012 and lost to Akron 23-21 in 2015.

It could be a possibility again, if conference officials decide they want USU. Given the proximity to Logan, it would make sense.

<h2><strong>Hawai’i Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017</em>

<em>Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai’i</em>

<em>Mountain West vs American</em>

<em>Payout: $1,000,000</em>

Utah State has never been to the Hawai’i Bowl, but the team could be spending Christmas Eve on the islands.

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<h2><strong>Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Friday, Dec. 29, 2017</em>

<em>Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona</em>

<em>Mountain West vs Sun Belt</em>

<em>Payout: $155,820</em>

After the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the Hawai’i Bowl each get their teams, the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl gets next pick. Considering how many bowl eligible teams are in the Mountain West, it’s a real possibility that USU could end up here.

<h2><strong>DXL Frisco Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017</em>

<em>Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas</em>

<em>American vs other</em>

The DXL Frisco Bowl, formerly the Miami Beach Bowl, has an agreement with the American Conference, but no other. The bowl will need to find a participant, and could pick up a Mountain West team that wasn’t selected by one of its bowl tie-ins.

Payout: $100,000

<h2><strong>Foster Farms Bowl</strong></h2>

<em>Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017</em>

<em>Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California</em>

<em>Pac-12 vs Big 10</em>

<em>Payout: $2,584,286</em>

A Mountain West team will only be chosen for this bowl if either the Pac-12 or Big 10 is unable to fill its allotment. If that is the case, the Foster Farms Bowl will get its pick of Mountain West teams after the Nova Home Loans Bowl has made its pick.

The Big 10 will at least get nine teams bowl eligible, with a slim possibility for a tenth. The conference has eight bowl tie-ins, but there is the possibility of one or two teams going to a New Year’s Six bowl, which could vacate this spot.

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