Dec 27, 2019; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Air Force Falcons offensive lineman Scott Hattok (61) against the Washington State Cougars during the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Mountain West unveils sked to begin Oct. 24

The Mountain West unveiled an eight-game schedule on Thursday that begins Oct. 24 and will scrap the division format for the 2020 season.

The league will have the two teams with the top winning percentages meet in its conference title game on Dec. 19. The 12-team conference typically uses a two-division format.

“We are excited to get our student-athletes back on the football field this fall,” Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement. “The shift away from a two-division format was necessary to optimize the schedule and allow for maximum flexibility given the various constraints which had to be considered.

“Inasmuch as the season begins with an uneven number of conference games, and the possibility exists additional games may be lost to COVID-19 challenges, the procedures for determining the participants in and location for the MW Football Championship Game were adapted to accommodate a range of outcomes in as equitable a fashion as possible.”

The uneven conference schedule allows Air Force keep its traditional military opponents on the slate. The Falcons host Navy this Saturday and play at Army on Nov. 7.

The Mountain West begins its conference slate with six games on Oct. 24.

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