Wyoming on Road; CSU at Home Kick off MW Football Season Saturday

This Week's Schedule

Saturday
Hawai‘i at Colorado State*5:30 p.m. MTCBS Sports Network
Wyoming at New Mexico State8 p.m. MTESPN2/WatchESPN
*Mountain West game

From the offices of the Mountain West Conference

Led by the vision of then-Colorado State President Dr. Albert Yates, the Mountain West was formed when presidents of eight institutions - Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming - decided to form a new NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate athletic conference.

Mountain West football will begin its 20th season on Saturday, Aug. 25 when Colorado State hosts Hawai‘i (5:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network). The Rams, who are an original member of the MW, played in the first-ever Conference game on Sept. 16, 1999 as BYU hosted CSU.

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS

203 - NFL Draft selections
90 - Bowl appearances
20 - The MW begins its 20th football season on Saturday, Aug. 25
15 - Consensus All-Americans
14 - In the past 14 years, the MW has been the top G5 conference eight times and second on four occasions
10 - NFL first-round draft selections
7 - Major national award winners
4 - BCS/CFP Bowl victories
1 - College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee (New Mexico’s Brian Urlacher)

KICKING OFF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
A team from the Mountain West has been a participant in the very first game of the college football season for the past two years, and although that won’t be the case this year, the Conference will be well represented on Day 1. When the season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 25, Colorado State will host Hawai‘i (5:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network) and Wyoming will travel to New Mexico State (8 p.m. MT on ESPN2/WatchESPN). These two contests are the only nationally-televised FBS games of the weekend.

The Rams and Rainbow Warriors will play in the earliest Conference matchup in league history.

A LOOK AT THE 2018 MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULE
The 2018 Mountain West football schedule is comprised of 97 games, including 48 Conference matchups. The scheduling format for the 12-member football lineup consists of five intra-divisional games and three cross-divisional contests. Each institution will play four home and four road Conference games. 2018 marks the second year of the current four-year cycle and the sixth year overall featuring the current rotation.

The 2018 schedule will play out over 14 weeks, concluding on Sat., Dec. 1 with the Mountain West Football Championship Game featuring the two divisional champions.

The nonconference slate features 24 games against teams that earned bowl berths in 2017, including Arizona State, Arkansas State, Army (three games), Florida Atlantic, Michigan State, Missouri, Navy (two games), New Mexico State (three games), Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, Toledo (two games), Troy, UCLA, USC, Washington State (two games) and Wisconsin.

Five nonconference opponents finished ranked in last year’s final Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/Coaches’ polls, including #7/6 Wisconsin, #12/10 USC, #14/14 Oklahoma State, #15/16 Michigan State and #20/19 Stanford.

IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Boise State is ranked No. 22 in both the Amway Coaches Poll and Associated Press Top-25 entering the 2018 season. The Broncos are the highest ranked Group of 5 team in the Amway Coaches Poll.

This is the 17th consecutive season the Broncos have been nationally ranked for at least one week.

Additionally, Fresno State is receiving votes in both polls, while San Diego State is receiving votes in the Amway Coaches Poll.

BOISE STATE'S AUTONOMOUS 5 SUCCESS
Boise State has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West. This year, the Broncos travel to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Broncos will be coming off a difficult road test at Troy, a team which went 11-2 last season and has won 10 of its last 12 home games, and a home game against UConn. The Cowboys will be coming off back-to-back home contests against Missouri State and South Alabama.

Since 2010, BSU has compiled a 12-8 (.600) record against current Autonomous 5
programs. The Broncos have defeated Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington State.

BUILDING ON 2017
Last season, Fresno State became only the second FBS program in history to go from double-digit losses one season (1-11) to double-digit wins the next (10-4), joining Miami (Ohio) from 2010.

Mountain West teams have recorded the nation’s largest win improvement in the last two seasons. Fresno State had a nine-game win improvement in 2017, while Wyoming tied for the best nationally with a six-game win improvement in 2016.

#HIGHLIGHTS
(NOTES FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN 280 CHARACTERS OR LESS)

  • In the 19 seasons since the league’s inception, the @MountainWest’s champion or a current MW member has been a BCS/CFP participant eight times.
  • .@CSUFootball and @HawaiiFootball will play in the earliest @MountainWest matchup in league history (Aug. 25).
  • .@BroncoSportsFB is ranked No. 22 in both the Amway Coaches Poll and @AP_Top25. The Broncos have been ranked nationally for at least one week in 17 consecutive seasons.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB has been selected to win the Mountain Division for the fifth consecutive season, while @FresnoStateFB is favored to win the West Division for the first time since 2014.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB has produced a 1,000-yd rusher in nine straight seasons. Junior Alexander Mattison returns after rushing for 1,086 yards in 2017.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB’s Brett Rypien and @SDSUFootball’s Christian Chapman rank in the top-5 nationally for highest win percentage among active FBS signal-callers.
  • .@SDSUFootball has compiled a 32-9 record over the last three seasons. The Aztecs are searching for their fourth consecutive 10-win season, which would be the longest-stretch in program history.
  • .@SDSUFootball enters the 2018 campaign with six consecutive road victories, which is tied for the third-best active streak nationally.
  • .@SDSUFootball QB Christian Chapman is one win away from becoming the winningest signal-caller in program history, surpassing Ryan Lindley (2008-11). Chapman enters the year with 23 career victories.
  • .@SDSUFootball RB Juwan Washington will be the Aztecs’ starting running back in 2018. Washington, who has 1,200 career rushing yards in two seasons, will follow in the footsteps of Donnel Pumphrey & Rashaad Penny.
  • .@wyo_football DB Andrew Wingard ranks third nationally among active defenders in career average tackles per game (9.41).
  • .@wyo_football’s Andrew Wingard enters the 2018 season with 367 career tackles, just 88 short of setting the @MountainWest record (New Mexico’s Carmen Messina - 454).
  • Wyoming will look to replace QB Josh Allen, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, with redshirt freshman Tyler Vander Waal.
  • .@HawaiiFootball, which returns only three offensive starters from last season, is switching to the Run-N-Shoot offense in 2018. The Rainbow Warriors ran this offense with great success from 1999-2011. During that time, UH ranked among the nation’s top-4 passing teams 11 times, including as NCAA leaders in ‘02, ‘06, ‘10.
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