Navy gets 2010 Poinsettia Bowl invite

Updated: September 24, 2008, 4:38 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Navy will play in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl if it has the required six victories.

Navy has played in the San Diego bowl twice since it started in 2005. The Midshipmen played in the inaugural game, beating Colorado State 51-30, and again last year, when it lost 35-32 to Utah.

Shortly after the bowl was founded, officials said they wanted to get Navy into a rotation of playing in the game once every three to five years.

Bowl officials said discussions are under way with the Mountain West Conference to continue sending one of its top teams to the Poinsettia Bowl in 2010 and beyond. The Poinsettia Bowl has received the second selection from the conference, after the Las Vegas Bowl. The current contract with the MWC expires after the 2009 game.

This year, the MWC team will face the seventh-place team from the Pacific-10 Conference. If the Pac-10 cannot provide a bowl-eligible team, an at-large opponent will be selected.

The Poinsettia Bowl is sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union.

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