The Central Michigan Chippewas (8-5, 6-3 MAC) and San Diego State Aztecs (9-3, 5-3 Mountain West) meet up in Albuquerque to meet up for the first time on Saturday afternoon.
The Chippewas were one possesion shy of winning the MAC title game under first-year Jim McElwain, a season removed from a 1-11 campaign, and are surely looking to end their storybook season on a positive note.
The Aztecs lost an opportunity to play Boise State in the Mountain West title game due to a one-score loss to Hawai’l, despite having a better overall record by winning percentage, and hope to cap off a 10-win season for the fourth time in five seasons.
We’ve got all the information you need to be able to watch (or listen) to this afternoon’s game in Albuquerque:
Television and streaming
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, with television coverage starting at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Clay Matvik (play-by-play), Ryan Leaf (color) and Dr. Jerry Punch (sideline) will provide the call for the game.
There are several ways to be able to watch the New Mexico Bowl, including:
- Cable/satellite: ESPN is available on most television packages, while ESPN Deportes is usually available on Spanish-language cable/satellite packages as its own separate channel. Check your local listings or with your provider for more information.
- ESPN App: The game is available for streaming on the ESPN App, which is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple stores. A valid cable or satellite subscription is required for viewing. The ESPN Deportes feed is also available on the app.
- YouTube TV: YouTube TV has ESPN available in its default package. The service runs at $49.99/month, but new customers can get a free one-week trial.
- Sling TV: Sling offers ESPN channels as part of their Sling Orange package, offered for $25/month. If you purchase a subscription now, you can get the first month of service for 40 percent off.
- Hulu: Hulu offers a live TV package, featuring ESPN’s family of channels, which currently runs at $54.99/month. They’re currently offering a seven-day free trial, which can be redeemed on the site.
- AT&T Now: AT&T Now offers a streaming package featuring the ESPN family of channels for $65/month. More details can be found here.
The game will be available for a listening audience via each program’s affiliated radio stations. There will be a national radio broadcast for the New Mexico Bowl, provided by ESPN.
- Central Michigan-centric broadcast: The CMU radio call can be found on 98.5 WUPS-FM, the Chippewas’ flagship station. Adam Jaksa (play-by-play) and Brock Gutierrez (color) will be on the call. The WUPS livestream can be found here, while a list of terrestrial stations can be found here.
- San Diego State-centric broadcast: The SDSU radio call can be found on 1360 AM XTRA Sports, the Aztecs’ flagship station. The game can also be found on 101.5 KGB-FM (San Diego) and 1350 AM Fox Sports Inland Empire. Ted Leightner (play-by-play), Rich Orhnberger (color) and Chris Ello (sideline) will be on the call. The online stream can be found here.
- National broadcast: ESPN is providing audio of the New Mexico Bowl, the first bowl game to be featured on ESPN Radio in 2019. Dave Neal (play-by-play), DJ Shockley (color) and Dawn Davenport (sideline) will provide the call. The call is available on your local ESPN Radio station, or on the ESPN App under the “audio home” tab.
- Where/when: Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, December 21, at 2:00 EST (noon local.)
- Weather: 47 degrees and sunny, with light winds, 30 percent humidity and no chance of precipitation, per Weather.com.
- Last meeting: No previous meetings
- Last CMU bowl game appearance: 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (L 14-37, Wyoming)
- Last CMU bowl game win: 2012 LIttle Caesars Pizza Bowl (W 24-21, Western Kentucky)
- Last SDSU bowl game appearance: 2018 Frisco Bowl (L 0-27, Ohio)
- Last SDSU bowl game win: 2016 Las Vegas Bowl (W 24-16, Houston)
- Betting odds: Buffalo is a 6.5-point favorite, with an over/under of 51.5, per OddsShark.com.