Western Athletic Conference football

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WAC football champions
Conference Football Champions
Logo WAC.png
Western Athletic Conference Logo
Sport Football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Played 1962–2012
Current champion Utah State Aggies (Final Champion)
Most championships BYU Cougars (19)
Official website WACSports.com Football

The Western Athletic Conference sponsored football and crowned a champion every year from 1962 to 2012. Once considered the best "mid-major" conference in top-level college football, steady attrition from 1999-2012 forced the WAC to drop football after fifty-one years.[1]

Final season[edit]

Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
Bowl
Appearances
Bowl
Record
Conference
Titles
Stadium Head Coach
Idaho 1893 443–568–26 .427 2 2–0 0 Kibbie Dome Paul Petrino
Louisiana Tech 1901 571–428–37 .551 6 2–3–1 2 Joe Aillet Stadium Skip Holtz
New Mexico State 1893 422–587–31 .405 3 2–0–1 0 Aggie Memorial Stadium DeWayne Walker
San Jose State 1892 465–462–38 .515 9 6–3 0 Spartan Stadium Ron Caragher
Texas State 1904 489–410–28 .527 0 0–0 0 Bobcat Stadium Dennis Franchione
Utah State 1892 505–510–31 .482 6 1–5 1 Romney Stadium Matt Wells
UTSA 2011 12–10 .545 0 0–0 0 Alamodome Larry Coker

Champions by year[edit]

Season Champion Conference Record
1962 New Mexico 2–1–1
1963 New Mexico 3–1
1964 Arizona 3–1
New Mexico 3–1
Utah 3–1
1965 BYU 4–1
1966 Wyoming 5–0
1967 Wyoming 5–0
1968 Wyoming 6–1
1969 Arizona State 6–1
1970 Arizona State 7–0
1971 Arizona State 7–0
1972 Arizona State 5–1
1973 Arizona 6–1
Arizona State 6–1
1974 BYU 6–0–1
1975 Arizona State 7–0
1976 BYU 6–1
Wyoming 6–1
1977 Arizona State 6–1
BYU 6–1
1978 BYU 5–1
1979 BYU 7–0
1980 BYU 6–1
1981 BYU 7–1
1982 BYU 7–1
1983 BYU 7–0
1984 BYU 8–0
1985 Air Force 7–1
BYU 7–1
1986 San Diego State 7–1
1987 Wyoming 8–0
1988 Wyoming 8–0
1989 BYU 7–1
1990 BYU 7–1
1991 BYU 7–0–1
1992 BYU 6–2
Fresno State 6–2
Hawaiʻi 6–2
1993 BYU 6–2
Fresno State 6–2
Wyoming 6–2
1994 Colorado State 7–1
1995 Air Force 6–2
BYU 6–2
Colorado State 6–2
Utah 6–2
1996 BYU 8–0
1997 Colorado State 7–1
1998 Air Force 7–1
1999 Hawaiʻi 5–2
Fresno State 5–2
TCU 5–2
2000 TCU 7–1
UTEP 7–1
2001 Louisiana Tech 7–1
2002 Boise State 8–0
2003 Boise State 8–0
2004 Boise State 8–0
2005 Boise State 7–1
Nevada 7–1
2006 Boise State 8–0
2007 Hawaiʻi 8–0
2008 Boise State 8–0
2009 Boise State 8–0
2010 Boise State 7–1
Nevada 7–1
Hawaiʻi 7–1
2011 Louisiana Tech 6–1
2012 Utah State 7–0

By school[edit]

School Total Outright Shared
BYU 19 13 6
Boise State 8 6 2
Arizona State 7 5 2
Wyoming 7 5 2
Hawaiʻi 4 1 3
Colorado State 3 2 1
Air Force 3 1 2
Fresno State 3 0 3
Louisiana Tech 2 2 0
New Mexico 2 2 0
Arizona 2 0 2
Nevada 2 0 2
TCU 2 0 2
Utah 2 0 2
San Diego State 1 1 0
UTEP 1 0 1
Utah State 1 1 0

Championship Game[edit]

The Western Athletic Conference staged a conference title football game during the three years (1996-98) the league consisted of sixteen members. During this time, the league was split into two divisions, Pacific and Mountain, with eight teams in each division. The top finisher in each division played for the championship, which was held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. When conference membership was cut in half in 1999 with the formation of the Mountain West Conference, both the championship game and two division format were discontinued. As indicated by the table below, every team that participated in the three title games were among the defections to the MWC. The rankings next to a given team's name represent the last AP poll prior to the game being played. ABC Sports televised all three games.

Year Winner Score Opponent Venue
1996 #6 BYU 28–25 OT #20 Wyoming Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada)
1997 #20 Colorado State 41–13 New Mexico Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada)
1998 #17 Air Force 20–13 BYU Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Results by team[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record PCT. PF PA
1 BYU 2 1–1 .500 41 45
2 Air Force 1 1–0 1.000 20 13
2 Colorado State 1 1–0 1.000 41 13
4 New Mexico 1 0–1 .000 13 41
4 Wyoming 1 0–1 .000 25 28

Bowl games[edit]

The lone WAC bowl game tie-in for the 2012–13 postseason was the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Pick Name Location Opposing Conference Opposing Pick
1 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho MAC 3

Bowl Championship Series[edit]

The WAC champion received an automatic berth in one of the five BCS bowl games if they were the highest ranked non-automatic qualifying conference champion and either of the following:

  • Ranked in the top 12 of the BCS Rankings.
  • Ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Rankings and its ranking was higher than that of an automatic qualifying conference champion.

By qualifying under the first criterion above, the 2006 Boise State football team landed a berth in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, and the 2007 Hawaiʻi football team received a bid to play in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. In 2009 the Mountain West champion TCU received the automatic BCS bid by finishing higher than Boise State in the final BCS rankings; however, the Broncos received an at-large BCS bid to the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. In three BCS bowl games, the WAC boasted a record of two wins and one loss. In addition to those three teams that played in BCS bowls, four other WAC teams qualified for a BCS berth but were not selected for a bid, including TCU in 2000 and Boise State in 2004, 2008, and 2010.

Rivalries[edit]

Football rivalries involving WAC teams included:

Teams Rivalry Name Trophy Meetings Record Series Leader Current Streak
Idaho Boise State Governor's Trophy 40 17–22–1 Boise State Boise State won 12
Idaho Montana Little Brown Stein 84 55–27–2 Idaho Montana won 4
Idaho Washington State Battle of the Palouse 91 18–70–3 Washington State Washington State won 7
Louisiana Tech Fresno State Battle for the Bone 11 4–7 Fresno State Louisiana Tech won 1
Louisiana Tech Southern Miss Rivalry in Dixie 44 13–31 Southern Miss Southern Miss won 3
New Mexico State New Mexico Rio Grande Rivalry Maloof Trophy 102 31–66–5 New Mexico New Mexico won 1
New Mexico State UTEP The Battle of I-10 Silver Spade, Brass Spittoon 88 35–51–2 UTEP UTEP won 2
San Jose State Fresno State Valley Rivalry 76 34–39–3 Fresno State San Jose State won 1
San Jose State Stanford Bill Walsh Legacy Game 64 14–49–1 Stanford Stanford won 3
Utah State BYU Old Wagon Wheel 80 34–44–3 BYU BYU won 1
Utah State Utah Battle of the Brothers 109 28–77–4 Utah Utah State won 1

Division alignments (1996–1998)[edit]

References[edit]