San Jose State will play in the Dec. 27 Military Bowl at RFK Stadium, a source familiar with the situation said Friday.
A formal announcement is expected later in the day.
The Spartans (10-2), who are ranked No. 25 in this week’s Bowl Championship Series standings, will fill in one of the two openings the five-year-old bowl has this year. The game was originally supposed pit the No. 8 selection from the ACC against Army. The ACC will have no more than six eligible teams, while Army is 2-9 entering its season finale against Navy.
It remains uncertain who will be matched against the Spartans.
San Jose State has enjoyed a rapid rise in three seasons under coach Mike MacIntyre, improving from 1-12 to 5-7 before a leap of another five victories this season. The Spartans will make their ninth bowl appearance, including their first since 2006 and just their second since 1990.
It will be San Jose State’s second trip to the area this season; the Spartans defeated Navy 12-0 on Sept. 29.
San Jose State finished the season on a six-game winning streak, averaging 40.7 points during that stretch. Its only losses this year came against Pac-12 North champion Stanford (by a field goal) and Western Athletic Conference winner Utah State.
Spartans quarterback David Fales ranks third in the country in passing efficiency, while defensive lineman Travis Johnson is tied for eighth nationally in sacks and tied for ninth in tackles for loss.