Oregon State will battle Utah State in the inaugural Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl at SoFi Stadium on Dec. 18, officials announced Sunday.
The Beavers were 7-5 this season, finishing third in the Pac 12 North and fifth overall in the conference.
The Aggies won the Mountain West Conference with a 10-3 record.
“We are thrilled to welcome Oregon State and Utah State to our inaugural bowl game,” said Jason Gannon, the bowl game’s executive director. “These two teams will play the first college football game at SoFi Stadium, and we look forward watching this competitive match-up on December 18.”
The ABC talk show host announced the game’s official name during his monologue on June 16.
“Ever since I was 52 — which was last year — I’ve dreamed of having a college football bowl game named after me,” Kimmel said after citing such “memorable, colorful” bowl game names as the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, the LendingTree Bowl and the Cheez-It Bowl.
“I’m thrilled to announce that dream is coming true.”
The naming of the game is the result of what was described as “an unprecedented multi-year partnership” between Kimmel and SoFi Stadium. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
“Stan Kroenke designed Hollywood Park to be a sports and entertainment destination for Angelenos and visitors from across the world to enjoy. We cannot think of a better way to bring sports and entertainment together than by collaborating with celebrated late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel on our collegiate bowl game,” Gannon said in June, referring to the Los Angeles Rams owner who led efforts to have the stadium built at the former site of the Hollywood Park race track.
“I hereby invite @USUFootball and @BeaverFootball to do battle in the #JimmyKimmelLABowl… and may God have mercy on us all,” Kimmel tweeted Sunday.
The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented By Stifel will also benefit community partners One For All, Boys and Girls Club LA Harbor and Boys and Girls Club LA Metro, officials said Sunday.
The game will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and will be televised by ABC.
Tickets begin at $32 and can be purchased at www.SoFiStadium.com/LABowl.