Mountain West Football: Schedule Rotation Announced For 2023, 2024, And 2025 Seasons

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Mountain West Announces Schedule Rotation For 2023-25 Football Seasons

The Mountain West Conference is dropping its two football divisions after 2022. This is what comes next.

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A new normal in the conference.

After it was announced back in May that the Mountain West Conference would eliminate the Mountain and West divisions to better position themselves for New Year’s Six bowl contention in the future, the question became what would replace it. Now, we know.

The new format operates under what is called a “2-6” formation, meaning that each team will have two guaranteed opponents and then face six other teams who are shuffled in and out annually as part of the rotation. For example, Air Force will play Colorado State and Wyoming as its guaranteed opponent, securing the future of the Ram-Falcon trophy and an in-state rivalry at that. This is reflected in other guaranteed opponents, as well: The Border War, Valley Trophy, Ninth Island Showdown and Fremont Cannon are all part of this same category.

That change isn’t universal for all of the conference’s traditional rivalries, however. The contest for the Bridger Rifle between Utah State and Wyoming, for instance, won’t take place in 2023; the Battle for the Milk Can between Fresno State and Boise State has an off year in 2024, as well, and the contest for the Old Oil Can between Fresno State and San Diego State is off in 2025.

The upside? According to the Mountain West, this will enable every team in the conference to see each other more often overall as “all teams will face nine of 11 opponents at least twice, once at home and once on the road, and two opponents in each of the three years.” It also means the end of potentially lopsided division races, as in 2014 when a 6-8 Fresno State won the West while the Mountain division saw four teams win ten or more games and three finish with a better conference record.

Guaranteed Opponents For Each Mountain West Team

Air Force: Colorado State, Wyoming

Boise State: New Mexico, Utah State

Colorado State: Air Force, Wyoming

Fresno State: Nevada, San Jose State

Hawaii: San Diego State, UNLV

Nevada: Fresno State, UNLV

New Mexico: Boise State, San Jose State

San Diego State: Hawaii, New Mexico

San Jose State: Fresno State, New Mexico

UNLV: Hawaii, Nevada

Utah State: Boise State, San Diego State

Wyoming: Air Force, Colorado State

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