EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, an El Paso tradition, will continue in 2022, but a day earlier than it normally is.
Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas told KTSM on Monday that the 89th annual game will be played Dec. 30, 2022, at noon and will air on CBS. As a rule, the game is played on New Year’s Eve.
However, due to the Sugar Bowl being moved to an early New Year’s Eve kickoff, Sun Bowl and CBS officials opted to move the game one day so it could air in its own nationwide window.
“Looking at the contract and talking to CBS, our game is scheduled to be played on December 30 at noon El Paso time,” Olivas said. “It will separate us from the playoffs, allow people to come to our game and still have a full day to recover for those playoffs and semi-finals.”
Last week, the Sun Bowl extended its contract with Kellogg’s and Tony the Tiger to be the game’s title sponsor for at least two years.
Central Michigan won the 88th Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl 24-21 against Washington State on December 31, 2021.