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Tempe bowl game renamed Cactus Bowl

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The Valley's "other" bowl game has a new name.

The Valley of the Sun Bowl Foundation announced the Cactus Bowl as the new name of the annual postseason bowl game played in Tempe.

The 26th annual Cactus Bowl will be at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2 and will be televised by ESPN.

Starting this season, the game will match the sixth-place team from the Pac-12 Conference against the fifth pick from the Big 12 Conference, according to a foundation news release.

The Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences signed a six-year agreement with the Cactus Bowl.

"Our new name represents an iconic symbol for the state of Arizona," said Mike Nealy, Cactus Bowl executive director. "The name will also resonate with the thousands of fans traveling to the Southwest to experience our great bowl game and unmatched hospitality."

The game was founded in 1989 as the Copper Bowl and spent its first 11 years at Arizona Stadium on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.

In 2006, the game moved to Tempe and is played at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium and last year it was known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

The Valley also hosts the Fiesta Bowl, which is part of a new college football playoff rotation and also put on by the foundation.

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