2012 Western Athletic Conference football season

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2012 WAC football season
Logo WAC.png
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Number of teams 7
TV partner(s) ESPN
Regular season
Season champions Utah State
Football seasons
← 2011
2012 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Utah State   6 0         11 2  
#21 San Jose State   5 1         11 2  
Louisiana Tech   4 2         9 3  
UTSA*   3 3         8 4  
Texas State*   2 4         4 8  
Idaho   1 5         1 11  
New Mexico State   0 6         1 11  
† – Conference champion
  • Texas State and UTSA are not eligible for conference title nor bowl games as part of their transition to the FBS.
    As of December 15, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Western Athletic Conference football season was the 51st and final college football season for the Western Athletic Conference. Seven teams competed in the 2012 season: Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Utah State, and UTSA.

Due to a major wave of departures that hit the WAC hard over the previous three seasons, the 2012 WAC football season marked the conference's final season sponsoring football. San Jose State and Utah State previously announced they would be leaving to join several other former WAC schools in the Mountain West Conference. Louisiana Tech and UTSA are joining several other schools in moving to Conference USA, which also contains several former WAC members. Texas State will move to the Sun Belt Conference. Idaho and New Mexico State will join Notre Dame, Army, Navy, and BYU as FBS independents for one season before becoming Sun Belt football-only members in 2014 (Idaho is leaving the WAC entirely as part of the realignment; while electing to keep their football team as a Bowl Subdivision member, the Vandals are returning to the Big Sky Conference for other sports).

Previous season[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
Ranking Movement
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Final
Idaho
Vandals
AP
C
HAR Not released
BCS Not released
Louisiana Tech
Bulldogs
AP RV RV RV 23 RV 24 22 19 19 RV
C RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 RV RV 23 18 19 RV RV RV RV
HAR Not released 24 RV RV 24 19 20 RV RV RV
BCS Not released 25 20 20
New Mexico State
Aggies
AP
C
HAR Not released
BCS Not released
San Jose State
Spartans
AP RV RV RV 24 21
C RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 21
HAR Not released RV RV RV RV RV
BCS Not released 25 24
Texas State
Bobcats
AP RV
C
HAR Not released
BCS Not released
Utah State
Aggies
AP RV RV RV RV 25 20 18 16
C RV RV RV RV 22 20 17
HAR Not released RV RV RV RV 22 21
BCS Not released 24 22
UTSA
Roadrunners
AP
C
HAR Not released
BCS Not released

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl Game Date Site Television Time (EST) Visiting Team Home Team Score Attendance
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl December 15 Bronco Stadium * Boise, ID ESPN 4:30 p.m. Toledo Utah State 15-41 29,243
Military Bowl December 27 RFK Stadium * Washington, D.C. ESPN 3:00 p.m. San Jose State Bowling Green 29-20 17,835

Home attendance[edit]

Team Stadium (Capacity) Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Total Average % of Capacity
Idaho Kibbie Dome (16,000) 11,136 13,558 14,755
Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet Stadium (30,600) 23,228 21,850 40,453A 20,255 23,645 25,614
New Mexico State Aggie Memorial Stadium (30,343) 12,118 25,211 14,341 12,118
San Jose State Spartan Stadium (30,456) 7,462 7,189 15,168 7,093 15,494
Texas State Bobcat Stadium (30,000) 33,006 17,188 14,210 16,973
Utah State Romney Stadium (25,513) 17,009 25,513 24,226 17,001
UTSA Alamodome (65,000) 30,416 25,742 30,862 23,519 25,784 39,032

^A Louisiana Tech's home game against Texas A&M was played at the 49,427-seat Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

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