Move over, little dog.

With the news that the Las Vegas Bowl will be settling into new digs once the Raiders’ stadium is finished next year, it seems it’ll be too nice a setting for a mid-major.

According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, the bowl will move from UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium to the Raiders’ new palace upon its opening in 2020, and with an upgrade in venue will come in an upgrade in matchup. Out goes the Mountain West, in comes the SEC or the Big Ten.

College football’s two richest conferences have teamed up in recent years to pool their tie-ins, and now this will get them to one of the premier non-New Year’s Six destinations, at the expense of a premier Group of 5 destination. (For the record, the WAC/MW is a combined 10-7 in the Las Vegas Bowl against the Pac-10/12 since the tie-in began in 2001, including a 31-20 Fresno State win over Arizona State in 2018.)

And, sure, it’ll be a win-win for the Las Vegas Bowl itself. Over the course of the 6-year contract, the Big Ten and the SEC will each come to Vegas three times. Television and fans will love it. The first SEC vs. Pac-12 game will be the first non-playoff bowl game between the two leagues since the 1989 Freedom Bowl.

Thanks for keeping the seat warm, fellas.

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9 responses to “Move over, little dog.

  1. Bulldog Joe

    It evens out. The Raiders are the mid-major of the NFL.

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  2. ASEF

    P5ers just keeps squeezing the G5ers out of the limelight.

    not that there is anything wrong with that

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  3. PTC DAWG

    That game is going to get bigger than this. Great spot for a big bowl.

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    • Yes it is. Attractive trip for fans even if they will probably not see an all-out effort from the seniors who think they might have a shot at the NFL. Even if they play, it will be to not come close to an injury during a “meaningless” bowl. That attitude will also affect some returning players, it is contagious, as we saw in Nawlins.

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      • PTC DAWG

        I’ve been to Bowl wins and losses..I’ve almost always enjoyed the trip. Vegas would be cool, if not in the running for the big prize.

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  4. Dawglicious

    I hope we don’t play in it anytime soon, but if we ever do…man, that will be a fun destination.

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  5. The Dawg abides

    Well, it’s not a bad consolation trip for a down year.

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  6. stoopnagle

    So, this would’ve been South Carolina vs Utah or Wazzu? You have to think this is going to be at worst #3 after CFP/Rose and Alamo if not the #2 slot for the Pac12. Carolina went to the Belk Bowl, but I’d guess it’d go to a team with a bit more momentum and a big fanbase like A&M.

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