MW Announces Future Football Schedule Structure
Feb. 12, 2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In 2013, Fresno State will host Boise State, Nevada, New Mexico and UNLV in Mountain West play, in addition to non-conference home games versus Rutgers and Cal Poly.
The Mountain West announced today its Conference football rotational sequence and matchups for future seasons, beginning with the first four-year cycle (2013-16). The scheduling format for the new 12-member football lineup was computer-generated and consists of five intra-divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually. Each institution will play four home and four road Conference games each season, and will play every Mountain West opponent home and away during each four-year cycle.
Intra-divisional opponents will alternate sites annually (three home/two away or two home/three away). The three cross-divisional opponents will be the same in each two-year period, with the site alternating from Year 1 to Year 2. The three cross-divisional opponents who are missed initially will appear on the schedule in the second two years of the cycle, again alternating sites from Year 3 to Year 4. The entire four-year sequence repeats beginning in 2017 and will continue thereafter.
The actual schedules for future seasons will continue to be constructed on an annual basis. The complete 2013 Mountain West football schedule, including specific dates, is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Last month, the Mountain West's directors of athletics formed two football divisions based upon common geographic regions and traditional rivalries, while also creating the first Mountain West Football Championship Game. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Mountain West football membership will include Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai`i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division.
The inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game will be played December 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.