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
Number of teams 2
Format Division winners compete
Current stadium Hosted by Division winner with highest CFP Ranking
Played 2013–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Boise State
Most championships Boise State, Fresno State (1)
TV partner(s) CBS Sports
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 (MWC). 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 team holding the better College Football Playoff Ranking serves as the host team.[needs update] The Mountain West is one of two conferences to have its championship game at a campus site, along with Conference USA.

The inaugural MWC 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 MWC 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.


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 winners[edit]

Mountain West Conference champions (1999–2012)[edit]

  • AP final rankings shown, following bowl games
Season Champion(s) Conf.
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

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

Rankings from the AP Poll.

Results by team[edit]

School Appearances W L Pct Years
Fresno State 2 1 1 .500 2013, 2014
Boise State 1 1 0 1.000 2014
Utah State 1 0 1 .000 2013

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 Linebacker