Mountain West Conference announces two-division football format starting in 2013

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Mountain West football fans may get the opportunity to root for their team in one more game starting next season.

The 12 football members will be split into two divisions starting in the 2013 football season culminating in a championship game, the conference announced Tuesday.

The two divisions, called the Mountain Division and West division, will contain six teams that will play each other in the regular season.

CSU has been placed in the Mountain Division along with Air Force, Boise State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming. Fresno State, Hawai’i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV will comprise the West Division.

Teams will play every other team within their division and three teams from the opposing division.

The two teams with the best divisional records will play each other in the Mountain West Football Championship game at the home stadium of the team with the highest BCS ranking.

The inaugural Mountain West Football Championship game will be played Dec. 7, 2013.

The conference stated on its website that divisions were broken up “based upon common geographic regions and traditional rivalries.”

The new conference alignment will ensure that CSU maintains its rivalries with Wyoming and Air Force as the Rams are guaranteed to play both teams during the regular season every year under the new system.

As the MW announced the creation of two new divisions for football, it also announced a new format for men’s and women’s basketball in the upcoming 2013-14 season as the conference prepares to add two new basketball members, Utah State and San Jose State.

As part of the new-look conference, each team will have home-and-home match-ups with eight conference opponents while playing one game against a rotation of the two remaining teams in the conference.

Discussions over how to format the new conference championships for men’s and women’s basketball are still ongoing.