Report: Mountain West exploring possibility of an 8-game fall football season

FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2014, file photo, Fans walk by an inflated MWC logo before the Mountain West Conference championship NCAA college football game between Fresno State and Boise State in Boise, Idaho. Mountain West schools are making about $1.1 million from their deal with ESPN and CBS. Boise State’s membership agreement gives the school an additional $1.8 million, approximately, per year. | Otto Kitsinger, AP

LOGAN — Just over a month ago, college football in the Mountain West Conference was postponed indefinitely, so much so that debates raged about the possibility of spring season. The idea of playing football in the fall was all but dead.

How quickly things can change.

According to a report Wednesday night from Brett McMurphy, college football insider for Stadium, the MWC is “aggressively exploring options to play an 8-game fall season.”

Mountain West “aggressively exploring” options to play 8-game fall season, culminating w/Dec. 19 MW title game, sources told @Stadium. This would allow league to be eligible for NY6 bowls. Not all schools might play w/Hawaii, Fresno & Air Force biggest unknowns for full season

— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 17, 2020

The proposed season would conclude with a conference championship game on Dec. 19 — McMurphy was quiet as to when the season would start, but any eight-game season, sans a bye week, would start on October 24 — and would allow league members to be eligible for New Year’s Six bowl games, which are considered the top six major NCAA Division I FBS bowl games and include the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

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McMurphy said there is a possibility that not every conference school would participate in the proposed season, with Hawaii, Fresno State and Air Force standings as the biggest unknowns at this point.

When the season was postponed on Aug. 10, Utah State head coach Gary Andersen told the Deseret News, “Obviously it is extremely disappointing for everyone involved, especially the young men.”

He remained hopeful, though, in his belief that the NCAA would allow football of some kind in the fall, whether it be camps or competition.

“I am in this for the kids,” Andersen said. “I always say that and I always will.”

The Aggies were projected to finish fourth in MWC Mountain Division behind Boise State, Wyoming and Air Force, a year after finishing 7-6 overall.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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