Mountain West announces football divisions; BSU will play in the Mountain Division
Following the Mountain West Conference winter meetings Tuesday in Denver, the league announced that football has been split in two divisions.
Boise State University will play in the Mountain Division, and will be joined by Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah State. The West Division will be comprised of Fresno State, Hawai’i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV, according to a Boise State news release.
Boise State will play each team in its division and three cross-division games, which will rotate annually. The rotational sequence and matchups will be developed via computer scheduling models.
The divisional champions will play in the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship game on Dec. 7, 2013 (Saturday), at the home stadium of the highest-ranked Bowl Championship Series team, the release said.
Boise State recently completed its second season in the Mountain West and captured the 2012 league crown along with San Diego State and Fresno State. The Broncos went on to defeat the University of Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to end the season with an 11-2 record, a No. 14 ranking in the USA Today Coaches’ poll and a No. 18 ranking in the final Associated Press poll.
The Broncos were the highest ranked team from in the BCS the Mountain West in the final 2012 standings at No. 19.
The Mountain West also announced there will be no divisions for men’s and women’s basketball. Teams will play an 18-game league schedule, which will include home-and-home games with eight opponents and single-play games against a rotation of the two remaining teams in the conference.
The league’s athletic directors also discussed various format options for the postseason men’s and women’s basketball championships and scheduling formats for 2013 and beyond in all other sports. The Olympic sports scheduling formats are currently being reviewed by the respective coaches’ groups, who will then provide recommendations via the Mountain West governance structure.