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Football to Play in West Division of MW in 2013

Eric Pinkins and the Aztecs will play in the West Division of the Mountain West in 2013.
Eric Pinkins and the Aztecs will play in the West Division of the Mountain West in 2013.

Jan. 22, 2013

DENVER - The San Diego State football team will play in the West Division of the Mountain West, the league's directors of athletics announced today. The 12-team football alignment and 11-institution configuration in all other sports will begin with the 2013-14 academic year.

The Aztecs will join Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division. The Mountain Division will consist of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming.

Four of the six teams in the West Division of the Mountain West made a bowl game last season, including two of the three returning MW champions (SDSU and Fresno State). The six teams in the West Division went a combined 41-36 last year, including 26-20 in their conference games. Altogether, seven of the 12 schools in the Mountain West advanced to a bowl game last season.

All teams will play five games against each divisional opponent and three crossover contests versus teams from the opposite division. The actual rotational sequence and matchups will be developed via computer scheduling models.

The winner of each division will play in a conference championship game, which will be hosted by the highest-ranked divisional champion in the BCS standings. The inaugural Mountain West Championship game will be played on Dec. 7, 2013.

Schedules for next season are expected to be announced in the next few months. San Diego State is already playing non-conference home games against Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31) and Oregon State (Sept. 21) and road contests at Ohio State (Sept. 7) and New Mexico State (Sept. 28).

The Mountain West also announced that there will not be divisions for men's and women's basketball. The teams will play an 18-game conference schedule that will include home-and-home games with eight opponents and single-play games against a rotation of two remaining teams in the league.

The group also discussed various format options for the postseason men's and women's basketball championships and scheduling formats for 2013 and beyond in all other sports. The Olympic sports scheduling formats are currently being reviewed by the respective coaches groups, who will then provide recommendations via the Mountain West governance structure.