The 12th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will once again be played on the first day of the college football’s bowl season. The collegiate bowl game is also playing on opening day for the ninth consecutive season. The 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The leagues were pitted against each other in last year's game, as well as the 2014 and 2010 Gildan New Mexico Bowls. The Mountain West has won all three of those matchups.