MW Conference Announces New Formats for Football and Basketball

Jan. 22, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Mountain West Conference announced on Tuesday a new divisional format for its 12-team football league, and a scheduling format for men's and women's basketball.

In football, the Mountain West will include two six-team divisions, the Mountain Division and the West Division. The Wyoming Cowboy Football team will be in the Mountain Division with: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico and Utah State. The West Division will include: Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.

Scheduling for conference football games will include eight games each season. Each team will play all five of its divisional opponents each season and will play three crossover games against teams from the other division. The details of the conference football scheduling will be determined at a later time utilizing computer-scheduling models.

The conference also announced the first Mountain West Conference Championship Game would be played on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. The game will be hosted at the campus site of the team ranked highest in the BCS ranking.

Scheduling for men's and women's basketball will include an 18-game conference schedule. There will be no divisions in men's and women's basketball. The 18-game Mountain West schedule will feature home-and-home series versus eight conference opponents and a single-game, home or away, versus the other two remaining MW basketball opponents. The details of that scheduling will, like the football schedule, utilize computer-scheduling models.

"It was important for us as conference members to make some decisions as quickly as possible following last week's announcement by the Mountain West of a 12-team football league and an 11-team conference in our other sports," said University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman. "We are proud to be members of the Mountain West, and we believe it provides the student-athletes and coaches in our sport programs with an outstanding place to compete.

"In terms of football, we couldn't be more pleased with the makeup of the Mountain Division. It allows us to continue our long-standing rivalries with Air Force, Colorado State and New Mexico. It also gives us the opportunity to maintain our series versus an outstanding program in Boise State, and it brings back to Wyoming Football another long-time rival in Utah State. We also like the ability to play three football games each season against teams from the West Division of the Mountain West.

"Adding a football championship game to our conference provides an excellent opportunity for us to showcase to the nation the quality football that is played in the Mountain West.

"Men's and women's basketball scheduling will continue to offer our fans the chance to see some of the best college basketball in the country. We will play home-and-home series against eight conference opponents each year, and will play a single game against each of the two remaining teams."