2013 Mountain West Conference football season

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2013 Mountain West Conference football season
Mountain West Conference Logo.svg
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Duration August 30, 2013–January 1, 2014
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) CBS Sports Network, ESPN family
Regular Season
Football seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain
Utah State x   7 1         9 5  
Boise State   6 2         8 5  
Colorado State   5 3         8 6  
Wyoming   3 5         5 7  
New Mexico   1 7         3 9  
Air Force   0 8         2 10  
West
Fresno State x   7 1         11 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 5  
UNLV   5 3         7 6  
San Jose State   5 3         6 6  
Nevada   3 5         4 8  
Hawaii   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Fresno State 24, Utah State 17
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Mountain West Conference football season was the 14th season of college football for the Mountain West Conference (MW). In the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the MW had 12 football members: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaiʻi, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State, and Wyoming.

This was the third consecutive year in which the Mountain West saw changes in membership. In 2011, two of the conference's charter members, BYU (WCC and football independent) and Utah (Pac-12), left, while Boise State joined from the WAC. The following year, the MW lost TCU, members since 2005, to the Big 12, while gaining new all-sports members Fresno State and Nevada and football-only member Hawaii from the WAC. For 2013, the MW lost no schools, while adding two new full members from the WAC in San Jose State and Utah State. This brought the conference membership in football to 12, allowing the MW to split into divisions and launch a championship game.

Previous season[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

The following Mountain West players were named to preseason award watch lists.

Mountain West media days[edit]

Media poll[edit]

All–Conference Team[edit]

Coaches[edit]

NOTE: Stats shown are before the beginning of the season

Team Head Coach Years at School Overall Record Record at School MWC Record
Air Force Troy Calhoun 7 49–41 49–41 29–27
Boise State Chris Petersen 8 92–12 92–12 57–6
Colorado State Jim McElwain 2 11–14 11-14 8-8
Fresno State Tim DeRuyter 2 20–5 20–5 14–2
Hawaiʻi Norm Chow 2 3-20 3-20 1-14
New Mexico Bob Davie 2 42-43 42-43 2-14
Nevada Brian Polian 1 4-8 4-8 3-5
UNLV Bobby Hauck 3 93–54 93-54 10–21
San Diego State Rocky Long 2 89–83 89-83 17–6
San Jose State Ron Caragher 1 50-28 50-28 5-3
Utah State Matt Wells 1 8-4 8-4 7-1
Wyoming Dave Christensen 4 27–35 27–35 16–23

*first year as conference member, ^achieved as head coach of New Mexico from 99–08

Rankings[edit]

The following Mountain West teams have been either ranked or received votes in the major polls during the 2013 season:

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
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Final
Air Force AP
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BCS Not released
Boise State AP 19 RV RV RV
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Harris Not released
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Colorado State AP
C
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Fresno State AP RV RV RV RV 25 23 21 17
C RV RV RV 25 23 22 22 19
Harris Not released
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Hawaiʻi AP
C
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Nevada AP
C
Harris Not released
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UNLV AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
New Mexico AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
San Diego State AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
San Jose State AP
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Utah State AP RV
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Wyoming AP
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Harris Not released
BCS Not released

Mountain West vs. BCS matchups[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

The Mountain West Conference will have agreements with the following bowls for 2012–13:

  • The MW champion will receive an automatic berth in one of the five BCS bowl games if they are the highest ranked non-automatic qualifying conference champion and either of the following:
    • Ranked in the top 12 of the BCS Rankings. (Utah qualified under this criterion in 2004-05 and 2008–09, and TCU in 2009-10 and 2010–11.)
    • Ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Rankings and its ranking is higher than that of an automatic qualifying conference champion.
Pick Name Location Opposing Conference Opposing Pick
1 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada Pac-12 5
2 Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, California BYU (2012), Army (2013)
3 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, Texas C-USA (2012), Navy (2013) 3, –
4 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico Pac-12 7
5 Hawai'i Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii C-USA 2

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Mountain West member won
Mountain West member lost
Mountain West teams in bold

All dates, times, and TV are tentative and subject to change.

The Mountain West has teams in 3 different time zones. Times reflect start time in respective time zone of each team (Mountain—Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming; Pacific—Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV; Hawaii-Aleutian—Hawaiʻi). Conference games start times are that of the home team.

Home attendance[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Total Average % of Capacity
Air Force Falcon Stadium 52,480 32,095 32,716 35,389 17,280 44,672 36,512 29,898 228,562 32,652 62.22%
Boise State Bronco Stadium 37,000 33,293 36,069 35,356 35,843 33,992
174,553 34,911 94.35%
Colorado State Hughes Stadium 34,400 14,146 19,517 26,022 21,133 15,234
96,052 19,210 56.5%
Fresno State Bulldog Stadium 41,031 33,098 33,260 41,031 37,604 41,031 41,031
227,055 37,843 92.23%
Hawaiʻi Aloha Stadium 50,000 39,058 28,755 27,146 29,752 28,530
153,241 30,648 61.30%
New Mexico University Stadium 38,634 26,311 23,639 29,749 19,739 21,833 19,376
140,647 23,441 60.67%
Nevada Mackay Stadium 29,993 27,052 23,240 24,545 32,521 20,737
128,095 25,619 85.42%
UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium 36,800 26,950 10,981 13,017 22,755 15,837 15,062
104,602 17,434 47.38%
San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 71,294 42,978 32,133 22,475 32,707 35,890 33,161
199,344 33,224 46.60%
San Jose State Spartan Stadium 30,456 13,136 10,533 16,123 17,932 16,876
74,600 14,920 48.99%
Utah State Romney Stadium 25,513 25,513 25,513 25,513 21,428 20,284
118,251 23,650 47.3%
Wyoming War Memorial Stadium 34,000 22,030 19,091 22,853 24,953 15,700 12,227
116,854 19,476 57.28%

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