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The Makings of the Fiesta Bowl

The Fiesta Bowl was born from the frustrated attempts by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) to obtain bowl invitations for its champions. In 1968 and 1969 respectively, champions Wyoming and Arizona State were able to secure a bowl selection. That very next year, Arizona State, who was undefeated at the time, was bypassed by the major bowls and instead settled for an appearance at the Peach Bowl. This was considered to be a less prestigious honor. That is when the Fiesta Bowl automatically provided a tie-in for the Western Athletic Conference.

In 1971, the inaugural game featured another top-ten Arizona State squad against the top-twenty opponent Florida State. By the mid 1970s, the game had attracted Big Eight co-champion Nebraska, who then played undefeated Arizona State in a match up of the top five teams. They attracted another top-five opponent by including Penn State.

University of Arizona and Arizona State both joined the Pac-10 Conference in 1978, and the tie-in with the Western Athletic Conference for the Fiesta Bowl thus came to a close.

The Fiesta Bowl continued to attract high quality match ups during the 1980s, and in 1981 began the game on New Year’s Day. This meant that it also accompanied the other major bowl games, a fact that served as a victory of sorts for the Fiesta Bowl.

In 1991, several teams declined the invitation to participate in the Fiesta Bowl due to the decision made at Arizona State not to adopt the Martin Luther King holiday. This changed, however, in 1992 when the Fiesta Bowl was invited to participate in the Bowl Coalition.

The popularity of the Fiesta Bowl game is still going strong today. It remains one of the most watched games right along with the others taking place on the same day, and is still a mainstay in many households around the country.

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