The Mountain West announced on Sept. 24 that it will play an eight game season this fall. All games will be played within the Mountain West.
The first week of play will begin Oct. 24 and will conclude with a championship game on Dec. 19. League presidents originally decided on Aug. 5 to postpone the season into the spring.
With a Dec.19 end date, the conference will be considered for a New Year’s six bowl game. All games are subject to approval by state, county and local officials. The schedule for which teams will play each other and when has not been posted yet.
It is unknown the type of testing that the Mountain West will use to protect players and staff from COVID-19.
The decision comes hours after the Pac-12 announced that it would have a seven game season of their own. With the Mountain West’s decision, nine of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivisions (FBS) conferences will be playing this fall. The Mid-American Conference will hold a vote on Friday to determine if they will also be playing.
Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey released a statement after the announcement.
“I am thrilled for our student-athletes and coaches to be able to compete this fall. There has been a lot of great work done by a number of people in order to pull this together, and I am incredibly appreciative of their efforts,” said Apsey.