MWC divisions, schedules, & a Championship Game

MWC divisions, schedules, & a Championship Game »Play Video
DENVER, Colorado (KBOI) - The Mountain West came out of their winter meetings in Denver on Tuesday with a new look at scheduling, and even more when it comes to football; a Conference Championship Game, and two divisions.

Those divisions come with pretty familiar names, Mountain and West. While it's hard to argue they are both simple and creative, there is quite a bit of argument that comes along with who landed in what division.

Divisional opponents will play each other every season, while cross-divisional matchups are on a rotation ... playing just three of the six teams each year.

With that in mind, Bronco Nation wasn't too happy to see two of their rivals (Fresno State and Nevada) wind up in the West Division. They're joined by Hawai'i, San Diego State, San Jose State, and UNLV. That's five of the six schools in the West Division located in either Nevada or California, so it's hard to argue with the geography.

From a competition standpoint, it may be a little lop-sided. Boise State and Air Force are the only two schools in the Mountain Division to finish last season with Mountain West Conference records above the .500 mark. New MWC member Utah State won the Western Athletic Conference in 2012, but lost their head coach Gary Andersen to University of Wisconsin in the off-season, and who knows how they'll adjust to the increase competition of their new conference?

Here's a look at most of Boise State's 2013 opponents; we know nine of the 12.

Boise State starts the season at Washington, then hosts Tennessee-Martin, and Southern Miss. Then the Broncos head to Provo wrapping up their non-conference schedule against BYU.

In the Mountain West Mountain Division, they will play Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State, and Wyoming. The Mountain West will add three cross-divisional games from the West Division.

There's still a chance Nevada, San Diego State, and Fresno State all end of up Boise State's 2013 schedule, but there is also a chance none of them do ... Bronco Nation just has to play the waiting game.

The least-surprising news in Tuesday's announcement was the addition of the Conference Championship Game. The inaugural event is already scheduled for December 7, 2013 with the Division Champion with the highest BCS ranking hosting the game.

The Mountain West changes continue on the court, but with the odd number of 11 teams competing in basketball (Hawai'i is a football-only member) there are no divisions. Teams will play 18 Mountain West Conference games, eight home-and-home matchups, and two more single-play games against the two remaining conference teams.