The Rams (6-5) will be making their third consecutive bowl appearance, and sixth in the last eight seasons. Colorado State has more bowl appearances in the last eight years than any other team in the Mountain West Conference. After a 0-5 start, North Texas (5-5) has rolled off five consecutive victories and clinched the Sun Belt Conference regular season title with a 50-27 victory over Idaho on November 17. The Mean Green will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Troy State. Even though a loss would put them below .500, North Texas has been granted a special exemption and will compete in the game as Sun Belt Conference Champions.
The New Orleans Bowl will be televised Dec. 18 on ESPN2, starting at 6pm Mountain Time.