Mountain West will start 8-game football season Oct. 24
Following the lead of the Pac-12, the Mountain West Conference announced Thursday that it will start an eight-game football season on Oct. 24.
The conference championship game will be played Dec. 19, one day prior to the College Football Playoff revealing the four playoff teams.
The announcement came with the stipulation that the schedule is “subject to approval from state, county and local officials.”
The Mountain West, as with all major college football conferences, delayed the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd cited sources saying that the Mountain West was looking into administering COVID-19 tests three times a week.
The Pac-12 announced earlier Thursday that it will play a seven-game slate starting Nov. 6.
The Mountain West’s football schools are located in California (Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State), Colorado (Air Force and Colorado State), Nevada (Nevada and UNLV), Hawaii (Hawaii), Idaho (Boise State), New Mexico (New Mexico), Utah (Utah State) and Wyoming (Wyoming).
According to ESPN, San Jose State had yet to deliver its return-to-action plan to Santa Clara County officials as of Thursday. The protocol must be accepted by the local government before the Spartans can resume practice.
With the Southeastern Conference set to start Saturday and the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Mountain West all now planning to kick off their seasons later in the fall, the only Football Bowl Subdivision league without a planned return date is the Mid-American Conference.
ESPN reported Thursday that MAC presidents will meet Friday to consider a possible six-game schedule that would kick off in November.
–Field Level Media