The Mountain West Conference has signed a deal to place the MWC Championship game in Prime time.
The inaugural championship game is set for Saturday, December 7 and will be broadcasted by CBS Sports from the home stadium of the regular-season Mountain West divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.
“The new Mountain West football structure, which will culminate in an exciting match-up between two divisional champions, is one of the most recent initiatives for the conference as we enter our next era,” Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said in a release. “We are pleased that CBS Sports will serve as a tremendous platform for this marquee event, providing an opportunity to showcase the caliber of Mountain West football.”
Beginning with the 2013 season, the Mountain West will be split into two divisions, with Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming representing the Mountain Division, and Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV hailing from the West Division.
Boise State and Fresno State are the overwhelming favorites from the Mountain West media days to meet in the conference championship game. Boise State led the way, as they received 40 out of 41 first place votes from the Mountain Division, with Utah State receiving the lone first place vote from the division. On the other side of the conference, Fresno State took home 39 out of 41 first place votes in the West division, as San Diego State and San Jose State each received one first place vote.
In Boise State’s two seasons in the Mountain West Conference, the Broncos have registered a runner-up finish in 2011 following a heartbreaking loss at home to Texas Christian University, and a three way tie for first in 2012 with Fresno State and San Diego State.
Following a history of dominance in the Western Athletic Conference where they took home six individual conference titles, along with two co-championships from 2002-2010, the Broncos have been in unfamiliar territory with their finishes in the Mountain West. This will be the first time where the Broncos have been in a conference where a title game will determine the champion.
“We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with the Mountain West and broadcast their inaugural football championship game,” Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President of Programming at CBS Sports said in a release. “It’s a great addition to our college football programming and we look forward to providing fans with a full day of Championship coverage for many years.”