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Mountain West Conference
(MW)
Mountain West Conference logo
Established 1999
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 12
(11 full, 1 associate)
Sports fielded 18 (men's: eight; women's: ten)
Region Western United States
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado
Commissioner Craig Thompson (since 1999)
Website themw.com
Locations
Mountain West Conference locations

The Mountain West Conference is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA Division I FBS (formerly I-A). The MW officially began operations in July 1999. Geographically, the MW covers a broad expanse of the Western United States, with member schools located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MW since its founding in 1999.

The charter members of the MW included the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, San Diego State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the University of Utah, and the University of Wyoming. Before forming the Mountain West Conference, seven of its eight charter members had been longtime members of the Western Athletic Conference. Half of these had been charter members of that conference from 1962. Overall, each school that has ever been a member of the MW spent at least three years in the Western Athletic Conference before joining the Mountain West. The 2013-14 academic year will be the 15th anniversary season of the MW.

History[edit]

The WAC expanded from 10 to 16 schools for the 1996 academic year, absorbing three teams from the defunct Southwest ConferenceRice University, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University — adding two from the Big West ConferenceSan Jose State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas — and also bringing in the University of Tulsa, an NCAA football independent and otherwise a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. However, the expanded WAC was soon wracked by tension between the established and new members.[1] The final straw came in spring 1998, when Brigham Young University and the University of Utah proposed a permanent split into two eight-team divisions. Previously, the WAC's 16 teams had been divided into four four-team "quadrants," two of which rotated between the Mountain and Pacific Divisions every two years. This would have forced some schools into an unnatural alignment because of the geographic distribution of the conference.[1] The U.S. Air Force Academy was the most strident opponent of this proposal, threatening to become an independent.[1] Soon after the proposal by BYU and Utah, the presidents of Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming met at Denver International Airport to discuss their future, and they agreed to break away from the WAC to form a new conference.[1]

They invited the WAC members New Mexico, San Diego State, and UNLV, to join them in what became the Mountain West Conference. The next move for the MW came in 2005, when the conference added TCU, who had spent the previous four seasons in Conference USA.

On June 11, 2010, Boise State University agreed to join the conference as its tenth member. On June 17, 2010, Utah announced it would be leaving the Mountain West to join what would become the Pacific-12 Conference. On August 18, 2010, amidst rumors that Brigham Young was considering leaving the Mountain West to go independent in football and rejoin the Western Athletic Conference in all other sports, the Mountain West Conference officially extended invitations to California State University, Fresno and the University of Nevada, Reno. Fresno State and Nevada accepted and would become the tenth and eleventh members of the league.[2] BYU announced on August 31, 2010 that it would leave the Mountain West Conference and go Independent in football and become a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC) in other sports starting in 2011.[3] On November 29, 2010, Texas Christian University announced all athletic teams would move to the Big East Conference effective in 2012.[4] (Less than a year later, on October 10, 2011, TCU announced it would not join the Big East but would join the Big 12, home to fellow former SWC members Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, and formerly Texas A&M, in 2012 instead.)[5] On December 10, 2010, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa accepted a bid to become the 10th member of the conference for football only.[6] These changes would leave the Mountain West Conference with 10 teams for the 2012 football season.

The MW champion has qualified for a BCS bowl four times since the BCS formula was tweaked to allow non-BCS conferences to play in BCS bowls if ranked in the top 12; however, two of the three schools that qualified are no longer with the conference.

On October 14, 2011, the Mountain West and Conference USA announced a plan for a football only alliance.[7] On February 13, 2012, the Mountain West and Conference USA (C-USA) announced that both conferences would be dissolving after the 2012-2013 season to reform into one conference with at least 15 members for all sports, and a 16th team, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as a football-only member.[8] However, when the two conferences discussed their plans with the NCAA, they were told that due to NCAA rules, they would forfeit substantial revenues. Specifically, the new conference would receive only one automatic bid to NCAA championships; at least one of the former conferences would lose future revenue distributions from the NCAA men's basketball tournament; and at least one former conference would not be able to collect exit fees from any members that departed to join the new conference.[9] As a result, the Mountain West and C-USA backed away from a full merger. In late March of that year, the commissioners of both conferences stated that all 16 schools had entered into binding agreements to form a new "association",[10] although the Mountain West and C-USA will now apparently remain separate legal entities.[9]

On May 2, 2012, San Jose State and Utah State agreed to join the conference for the 2013-14 academic year. On December 31 of that year, Boise State announced that it had backed out of its previously announced move to the Big East for football and the Big West for other sports, and would remain in the MW.[11]

On January 16, 2013, San Diego State accepted an offer to remain/return to the Mountain West Conference in all sports. Keeping SDSU in the conference gives the Mountain West 12 football members, allowing for a Championship Game to be held. The first championship game took place on December 7, 2013.[12]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Full members[edit]

Institution Nickname Colors Location Type Enrollment Joined Endowment [13] Research [14]
United States Air Force Academy Falcons           Colorado Springs, Colorado Federal 4,417 1999 N/A $62.1 million
Boise State University Broncos          [15] Boise, Idaho Public 21,179 2011 $72.5 million $18.7 million
California State University, Fresno Bulldogs          [16] Fresno, California Public 25,613 2012 [17] $129.4 million $8.7 million
Colorado State University Rams          [18] Fort Collins, Colorado Public 24,875 1999 $225.4 million $302.9 million
University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack          [19] Reno, Nevada Public 18,004 2012 [20] $238.2 million $95.4 million
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels          [21] Las Vegas, Nevada Public 29,069 1999 $200 million $44.5 million
University of New Mexico Lobos          [22] Albuquerque, New Mexico Public 35,211 1999 $503.9 million $211.8 million
San Diego State University Aztecs          [23] San Diego, California Public 33,790 1999 $136.4 million $99.1 million
San Jose State University Spartans               [24] San Jose, California Public 33,805 2013 $99.9 million $38.2 million
Utah State University Aggies               [25] Logan, Utah Public 28,994 2013 $209.2 million $149.2 million
University of Wyoming Cowboys
&
Cowgirls
         [26] Laramie, Wyoming Public 12,496 1999 $358.5 million $55.3 million

Football-only member[edit]

Institution Nickname Colors Location Type Enrollment Joined Endowment [13] Research [14] Primary
conference
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Warriors
&
Rainbow Wahine
         [27] Honolulu, Hawaii Public 20,135 2012 $212 million $303.1 million Big West

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Colors Location Type Enrollment Joined Left Current
conference
Endowment [13] Research [14]
Brigham Young University Cougars               [28][29] Provo, Utah Private 33,000 1999 2011 WCC / FBS Independent (football only) N/A $33.0 million
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs          [30] Fort Worth, Texas Private 8,696 2005 2012 Big 12 $1.2 billion $5.3 million
University of Utah Utes          [31] Salt Lake City, Utah Public 28,211 1999 2011 Pac-12 $670.4 million $379.2 million

Membership timeline[edit]

Utah State University San Jose State University University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Nevada, Reno California State University, Fresno Boise State University Texas Christian University University of Wyoming University of Nevada, Las Vegas San Diego State University University of New Mexico Colorado State University United States Air Force Academy University of Utah Brigham Young University

 Full members   Associate members (football only) 

Football divisions[edit]

Beginning in 2013, the conference split into two divisions of six teams for football. The Mountain West also added a conference championship game pitting the winners of the Mountain and West divisions. This first championship game took place on December 7, 2013 at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California, the home stadium of Fresno State, the divisional winner with the higher BCS ranking.[32] Each team plays five divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually.[33]

Mountain Division West Division
Air Force Fresno State
Boise State Hawaiʻi
Colorado State Nevada
New Mexico UNLV
Utah State San Diego State
Wyoming San Jose State

Sports[edit]

Locations of Mountain West Conference members.

The Mountain West Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[34] Hawaiʻi is only an associate member for football.

Men's sports[edit]

Member Baseball Basketball Cross
country
Football Golf Tennis Indoor
track
& field
Outdoor
track
& field
Total
Air Force Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Boise State Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Fresno State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Colorado State Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Nevada Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
UNLV Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
New Mexico Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
San Diego State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
San Jose State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 5
Utah State Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Wyoming Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Hawaiʻi Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Total 7 11 8 12 11 8 7 7

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference which are played by current full MW members:

School Fencing[a 1] Gymnastics Ice
hockey
Lacrosse Rifle[a 2] Skiing[a 3] Soccer Swimming
& diving
Water
polo
Wrestling
Air Force Independent MPSF Atlantic Hockey ECAC PRC No WAC WAC WWPA WWC
Boise State No No No No No No No No No Pac-12
Nevada No No No No PRC No No No No No
UNLV No No No No No No WAC WAC No No
New Mexico No No No No No RMISA C-USA No No No
San Diego State No No No No No No Pac-12 No No No
San Jose State No No No No No No WAC No No No
Wyoming No No No No No No No WAC No WWC
  1. ^ Fencing is officially a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Air Force, like most NCAA fencing schools, has a coed team.
  2. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Air Force and Nevada both field coed teams.
  3. ^ Skiing is officially a coeducational team sport.

Women's sports[edit]

Member Basketball Cross
country
Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
& diving
Tennis Indoor
track
& field
Outdoor
track
& field
Volleyball Total
Air Force Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Boise State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Fresno State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Colorado State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Nevada Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
UNLV Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
New Mexico Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
San Diego State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
San Jose State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 9
Utah State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Wyoming Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Total 11 11 9 11 9 10 11 10 11 11

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference which are played by current full MW members:

School Equestrian Fencing[b 1] Gymnastics Lacrosse Rifle[b 2] Rowing Sand
volleyball
Skiing[b 3] Water
polo
Air Force No Independent MPSF No PRC No No No No
Boise State No No TBD No No No 2014 No No
Fresno State Independent No No MPSF No No No No No
Colorado State No No No No No No No No WWPA
Nevada No No No No PRC No No No No
New Mexico No No No No No No No RMISA No
San Diego State No No No MPSF No C-USA No No Golden Coast
San Jose State No No MPSF No No No No No MPSF
Utah State No No TBD No No No No No No
  1. ^ Fencing is officially a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Air Force, like most NCAA fencing schools, has a coed team with men's and women's squads.
  2. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Air Force and Nevada both field coed teams.
  3. ^ Skiing is officially a coeducational sport with teams having men's and women's squads.

Since the 2009-10 season, the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences have held an annual challenge series. Before the 2013–14 season, when the MW had fewer members than the MVC, it involved all members of the MW and an equal number of the 10 MVC teams in basketball. With the MW now having 11 members to the MVC's 10, future series are expected to involve all MVC teams, with one MW team sitting out each season. The first game was on November 13, 2009, featuring the Bradley Braves and the BYU Cougars in Provo and it concluded on December 23 with the Wyoming Cowboys visiting the Northern Iowa Panthers in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The challenge is similar to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, which pits men's basketball teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference.[35]

Conference champions[edit]

Football rivalries[edit]

Conference[edit]

Teams Rivalry name Trophy Meetings [36] Record [36] Series
leader
Air Force Colorado State Air Force-Colorado State rivalry Ram-Falcon Trophy 47 27–19–1 Air Force
Hawaiʻi Air Force-Hawaiʻi football rivalry Kuter Trophy 19 12–6–1 Air Force
Boise State Fresno State Battle of the Milk Can Milk Can 14 11–5–0 Boise State
Nevada Boise State–Nevada football rivalry 38 25–13–0 Boise State
Fresno State Boise State Battle of the Milk Can Milk Can 14 5–11–0 Boise State
Hawaiʻi Fresno State-Hawaiʻi football rivalry 26 16–9–1 Fresno State
San Diego State Battle for the Oil Can Old Oil Can 53 22–27–4 San Diego State
San Jose State Valley Rivalry 76 39–34–3 Fresno State
Colorado State Air Force Air Force-Colorado State football rivalry Ram-Falcon Trophy 47 19–27–1 Air Force
Wyoming Border War Bronze Boot 103 55–43–5 Colorado State
Hawaiʻi Air Force Air Force-Hawaiʻi football rivalry Kuter Trophy 19 6–12–1 Air Force
Fresno State Fresno State-Hawaiʻi football rivalry 26 9–16–1 Fresno State
Wyoming Hawaiʻi-Wyoming football rivalry Paniolo Trophy 20 8–12–0 Wyoming
Nevada Boise State Boise State–Nevada football rivalry 38 13–25–0 Boise State
UNLV Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon 38 23–15–0 Nevada
UNLV Nevada Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon 38 15–23–0 Nevada
San Diego State Fresno State Battle for the Oil Can Old Oil Can 53 27–22–4 San Diego State
San Jose State El Camino Real Rivalry 37 16–19–2 San Jose State
San Jose State Fresno State Valley Rivalry 76 34–39–3 Fresno State
San Diego State El Camino Real Rivalry 37 19–16–2 San Jose State
Utah State Wyoming Bridger's Battle Bridger Rifle 63 35–24–4 Utah State
Wyoming Colorado State Border War Bronze Boot 103 43–55–5 Colorado State
Hawaiʻi Hawaiʻi-Wyoming football rivalry Paniolo Trophy 20 12–8–0 Wyoming
Utah State Bridger's Battle Bridger Rifle 63 24–35–4 Utah State

Non-conference (including other sports)[edit]

Schools First
meeting
Game Trophy Reigning
champion
(last meeting)
Next
meeting
Air Force / Army / Navy 1972 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy Navy (2013) 2014
Boise State Idaho 1971 Battle of Idaho Governor's Cup Boise State (2010)
Fresno State Louisiana Tech 2001 Battle for the Bone Louisiana Tech (2011)
Colorado State Colorado 1893 Rocky Mountain Showdown Centennial Cup Colorado(2013) 2014
Hawaiʻi BYU 1930 BYU (2012)
New Mexico Arizona 1908 Kit Carson Rifle New Mexico (2008)
New Mexico New Mexico State 1894 Battle of Interstate 25 Rio Grande Rivalry New Mexico (2013) 2014
New Mexico UTEP 1919 Rio Grande Championship New Mexico (2013) 2014
San Diego State BYU 1947 BYU–San Diego State football rivalry BYU (2012)
San Jose State Stanford 1900 Bill Walsh Legacy Game Stanford (2012) 2013
Utah State BYU 1922 Battle for The Old Wagon Wheel The Old Wagon Wheel BYU (2013) 2014
Utah State Utah 1892 Battle of the Brothers Utah (2013) 2015
Utah State / Utah / BYU 1971 Beehive Boot Utah (2013) 2014

Postseason records[edit]

Football bowl games[edit]

School Appearances W L T Win
%
BCS National
championships
Fresno State 21 10 11 0 .476 0-0 0
Air Force 19 9 9 1 .500 0-0 0
Boise State 13 9 4 0 .692 2-0 2 - 1958 (NJCAA), 1980 (NCAA Division I-AA [37])
Colorado State 12 4 8 0 .333 0-0 0
Nevada 12 4 8 0 .333 0-0 0
Wyoming 12 6 6 0 .500 0-0 0
New Mexico 11 3 7 1 .318 0-0 0
Hawaiʻi 10 5 5 0 .500 0-1 0
San Jose State 9 6 3 0 .667 0-0 0
San Diego State 8 2 6 0 .250 0-0 3 - 1966-1968 (NCAA College Division [38])
Utah State 8 2 6 0 .250 0-0 0
UNLV 3 3 0 0 1.000 0-0 0

Men's NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

School Appearances W L Win
%
Wins per
appearance
National
championships
UNLV 20 33 19 .635 1.737 1 (1990)
Utah State 20 6 22 .214 0.300 0
New Mexico 15 8 16 .333 0.545 0
Wyoming 14 9 19 .321 0.643 1 (1943)
Colorado State 10 4 11 .267 0.375 0
San Diego State 10 5 10 .333 0.444 0
Boise State 6 0 6 .000 0.000 0
Nevada 6 4 6 .400 0.667 0
Fresno State 5 2 5 .286 0.400 0
Air Force 4 0 4 .000 0.000 0
San Jose State 3 0 3 .000 0.000 0

Women's NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

School Appearances W L Win
%
Wins per
appearance
National
championships
San Diego State 9 6 9 .400 0.571 0
UNLV 8 3 8 .273 0.375 0
New Mexico 8 3 8 .273 0.375 0
Fresno State 6 0 6 .000 0.000 0
Colorado State 5 5 5 .500 1.000 0
Boise State 2 0 2 .000 0.000 0
Wyoming 1 0 1 .000 0.000 0
Air Force 0 0 0 0.000 0
Nevada 0 0 0 0.000 0
San Jose State 0 0 0 0.000 0
Utah State 0 0 0 0.000 0

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 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, Nevada Pac-12 5
2 Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, California Army (2013)
3 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, Texas Navy (2013) 3, –
4 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico Pac-12 7
5 Hawai'i Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii C-USA 2
6 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho MAC 3

If Hawaiʻi is bowl eligible and not MW champions or selected for a BCS bowl, they will receive a berth in the Hawaiʻi Bowl.

Bowl Challenge Cup[edit]

ESPN created the Bowl Challenge Cup in 2002 for the conference that had the best college football bowl record among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The conference has won it four times, more than any other. They finished 4-1 in bowl games in 2011, the best record out of all conferences.[39]

Bowl Challenge Cup champions
Bowl season Conference Record Win %
2002–03 Big Ten 5–2 [40] .714
2003–04 Atlantic Coast 5–1 [41] .833
2004–05 Mountain West 2–1 [41] .667
2005–06 Big 12 and ACC (tied) 5–3 [41] .625
2006–07 Big East 5–0 [41] 1.000
2007–08 Mountain West 4–1 [42] .800
2008–09 Pacific-10 5–0 [43] 1.000
2009–10 Mountain West 4–1 [44] .800
2010–11 Mountain West 4–1 [45] .800
2011–12 C-USA and MAC (tied) 4–1 .800
2012–13 Conference USA 4–1 .800
2013–14 Southeastern 7–3 .700
Number of Bowl Challenge Cup championships
Conference Times Most recent
Mountain West 4 2010–11
Atlantic Coast 2 2005–06 (1)
Conference USA 2 2012–13 (2)
Big 12 1 2005–06 (1)
Big East 1 2006–07
Big Ten 1 2002–03
Mid-American 1 2011–12 (2)
Pacific-12 1 2008–09
Southeastern 1 2013-14
Sun Belt 0

(1) – Tied for 2005–06 championship
(2) – Tied for 2011–12 championship

Facilities[edit]

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
Air Force Falcon Stadium 52,480 Clune Arena 5,858 Falcon Baseball Field 1,000
Boise State Bronco Stadium 37,000 Taco Bell Arena 12,480 Non-baseball school
Colorado State Hughes Stadium 34,400 Moby Arena 8,745 Non-baseball school
Fresno State Bulldog Stadium 41,031 Save Mart Center 15,544 Pete Beiden Field 5,422
Hawaiʻi Aloha Stadium 50,000 Football-only member
Nevada Mackay Stadium 29,993 Lawlor Events Center 11,784 William Peccole Park 3,000
New Mexico University Stadium 40,094 The Pit 15,411 Isotopes Park 12,215
San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 71,400 Viejas Arena 12,414 Tony Gwynn Stadium 3,000
San Jose State Spartan Stadium 30,456 Event Center Arena 5,000 San Jose Municipal Stadium 4,200
UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium 36,800 Thomas & Mack Center (men)
Cox Pavilion (women)
18,776
2,500
Earl Wilson Stadium 3,000
Utah State Romney Stadium 25,513 Dee Glen Smith Spectrum 10,270 Non-baseball school
Wyoming War Memorial Stadium 30,514 Arena-Auditorium 15,028 Non-baseball school

Elevation[edit]

The Mountain West's slogan is "Above the rest," and over half of the member institutions are at more than 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) above sea level. This impacts endurance in sports like football, soccer, and the distance races in track & field and swimming meets, and aerodynamics in baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and the discus and javelin throws. The Mountain West's institutions have the highest average elevations in NCAA Division I sports.

Campus elevations[edit]

School Elevation (ft) Notes
Air Force Academy 7,258 Falcon Stadium is at 6,640 ft
Wyoming 7,198 War Memorial Stadium is at 7,220 ft
New Mexico 5,174
Colorado State 5,007
Utah State 4,777
Nevada 4,564
Boise State 2,697
UNLV 2,024 Sam Boyd Stadium is at 1,600 ft
San Diego State 433
Fresno State 338
Hawaiʻi 105 football only
San Jose State 85
Conference average 3,596 3,305 ft including Hawaiʻi

Elevation by conference[edit]

Conference Average campus
elevation (ft)
Mountain West 3,596 (3,305 including Hawaiʻi)
Big Sky 2,968
WAC 1,967
Summit League 1,295
Pac 12 1,205

Elevation data obtained from the USGS Geographic Names Information System

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  35. ^ "Missouri Valley, MWC to start basketball series". Las Vegas Review-Journal. January 15, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2009. 
  36. ^ a b Totals & records following the completion of the 2011 season.
  37. ^ In 2006, "Division I-AA" was renamed "Division I Football Championship Subdivision" or "Division I FCS" for short.
  38. ^ The "NCAA College Division" was renamed "NCAA Division II" in 1973.
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  40. ^ Bowl Challenge Cup 2002-03
  41. ^ a b c d 2007 Bowl Challenge Cup standings
  42. ^ Mountain West Posts Top Bowl Win Percentage Among FBS Subdivision Conferences
  43. ^ 2008 Bowl Challenge Cup Standings
  44. ^ 2009-2010 Conference Bowl Wins
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