Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game

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Mountain West Conference football championship game
Conference football championship
Sport College football
Conference Mountain West Conference
Current stadium Hosted by selected division winner (see below)
Current location Varies by year
Played 2013–present
Last contest 2016
Current champion San Diego State
Most championships San Diego State (2)
TV partner(s) ESPN
Official website League Site

The Mountain West Conference football championship game is an annual postseason college football game played to determine the champion of the Mountain West Conference (MW). From 1999 to 2012, the champion of the Mountain West was determined by regular season record. Beginning in 2013, following the expansion to twelve members and the division of the conference into Mountain and West Divisions, the conference championship game is held between the two division winners. The Mountain West is one of three conferences to have its championship game at a campus site, along with the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA. The Sun Belt Conference will do the same once it launches its title game in 2018.

The inaugural MW Championship Game was played on December 7, 2013 at Fresno State's Bulldog Stadium and televised by CBS.[1]

The Mountain West Conference champion customarily receives a berth to play in the Las Vegas Bowl. However, if the MW champion finishes ranked ahead of the champions from the other "Group of Five" mid-major conferences (American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, and Sun Belt) by the selection committee of the College Football Playoff, it is guaranteed a berth in one of the non-semifinal "New Year's Six" bowls. If ranked in the top four, the conference champion will play in the national championship playoff.

Divisions[edit]

Membership reflects changes that took effect with the 2013 season.

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

Past champions[edit]

Pre-championship game era (1999–2012)[edit]

Season Champion(s) Conf.
record
Overall
record
Bowl result
1999 Utah 5–2 9–3 Won Las Vegas Bowl
BYU 5–2 8–4 Lost Motor City Bowl
Colorado State 5–2 8–4 Lost Liberty Bowl
2000 #14 Colorado State 6–1 10–2 Won Liberty Bowl
2001 #25 BYU 7–0 12–2 Lost Liberty Bowl
2002 Colorado State 6–1 10–4 Lost Liberty Bowl
2003 #21 Utah 6–1 10–2 Won Liberty Bowl
2004 #4 Utah 7–0 12–0 Won Fiesta Bowl
2005 #11 TCU 8–0 11–1 Won Houston Bowl
2006 #16 BYU 8–0 11–2 Won Las Vegas Bowl
2007 #14 BYU 8–0 11–2 Won Las Vegas Bowl
2008 #2 Utah 8–0 13–0 Won Sugar Bowl
2009 #6 TCU 8–0 12–1 Lost Fiesta Bowl
2010 #2 TCU 8–0 13–0 Won Rose Bowl
2011 #14 TCU 7–0 11–2 Won Poinsettia Bowl
2012 #18 Boise State 7–1 11–2 Won Maaco Bowl Las Vegas
Fresno State 7–1 9–4 Lost Hawaii Bowl
San Diego State 7–1 9–4 Lost Poinsettia Bowl

Final AP rankings shown.

Mountain West Conference Championship Game (2013–present)[edit]

Season West Score Mountain Site Attendance Game notes
2013 #24 Fresno State 24–17 Utah State Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA 31,362 Notes
2014 Fresno State 14–28 #22 Boise State Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID 26,101 Notes
2015 San Diego State 27–24 Air Force Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA 20,959 Notes
2016 San Diego State 27–24 Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY 24,001 Notes

Rankings from the AP Poll at time of matchup

Results by team[edit]

Appearances School W L Pct Year(s) Won
2 San Diego State 2 0 1.000 2015, 2016
2 Fresno State 1 1 .500 2013
1 Boise State 1 0 1.000 2014
1 Air Force 0 1 .000
1 Utah State 0 1 .000
1 Wyoming 0 1 .000

Championship game MVPs[edit]

Season MVP Team Position
2013 Derek Carr Fresno State Quarterback
2014 Offensive Grant Hedrick Boise State Quarterback
2014 Defensive Tanner Vallejo Boise State Middle linebacker
2015 Offensive Christian Chapman San Diego State Quarterback
2015 Defensive Na'im McGee San Diego State Defensive back
2016 Offensive Rashaad Penny San Diego State Running back
2016 Defensive Damontae Kazee San Diego State Defensive back

Selection criteria[edit]

The division champion is the team with the highest conference winning percentage.

Two-team tiebreaker procedure[edit]

  1. Head-to-head record between the tied teams
  2. Winning percentage of the tied teams within the division
  3. Winning percentage against the next-highest placed team in the division, with placing based on the team's conference record, and proceeding through the division
  4. Winning percentage of the tied teams against common conference opponents
  5. Higher College Football Playoff ranking (or composite of selected computer ranking if neither team is ranked) following the final week of the regular season
  6. Overall winning percentage against FBS opponents
  7. Coin toss

[2]

Three or more-team tiebreaker procedure[edit]

  1. Head-to-head record among the tied teams
  2. Winning percentage among the tied teams within the division
  3. Winning percentage among the tied teams against the next-highest placed team in the division, with placing based on the team's conference record, and proceeding through the division
  4. Winning percentage among the tied teams against common conference opponents
  5. Higher College Football Playoff ranking (or composite of selected computer ranking if neither team is ranked) following the final week of the regular season

[2]

Once the tie is reduced to two teams, then the two-team tiebreaker is used.[2]

Host determination[edit]

The division champion with the higher College Football Playoff ranking going into the final week of regular season is designated as the host school unless it loses its final regular season game. If the latter occurs, or neither team is ranked in the latest available College Football Playoff rankings, then the following procedure is used:[2]

  1. Team with better composite ranking among selected computer rankings
  2. Head-to-head record
  3. Record versus common conference opponents
  4. Winning percentage against the next-highest placed common conference opponent and proceeding through the conference, with placing based on:
    1. Placement within the division
    2. Overall conference record
    3. Composite of selected computer rankings
  5. Coin toss

See also[edit]

List of NCAA Division I FBS Conference Championship games

References[edit]