FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The Mountain West Conference unveiled its 2020 football schedule on Thursday with Fresno State opening its season on Oct. 24 by hosting Hawaii at Bulldog Stadium.
The schedule consists of 46 conference games playing out over nine weeks with no divisional delineation.
“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,” said Commissioner Craig Thompson.
The top two teams with the highest conference winning percentage will play in the Mountain West Championship game on Dec. 19.
The change in who would get to play the championship game and where it would be played was made due to an uneven number of conference games and the possibility that additional games could be lost to “COVID-19 challenges,” according to the conference.
The Mountain West said its TV partners, CBS Sports and Fox Sports, will initiate a selection procedure which will include shifting several games to Thursday and Fridays. Announcements of television selections will be made in the near future.
All games listed in the first week are scheduled to be played on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Here is Fresno State’s revised schedule for 2020.
Saturday, October 24 – Hawai’i at Fresno State
Saturday, October 31 – Colorado State at Fresno State
Saturday, November 7 – Fresno State at UNLV
Saturday, November 14 – Fresno State at Utah State
Saturday, November 21 – San José State at Fresno State
Saturday, November 28 – San Diego State at Fresno State
Saturday, December 5 – Fresno State at Nevada
Saturday, December 12 – Fresno State at New Mexico
Saturday, December 19 – MW Championship Game (if Bulldogs qualify)
Here are some tidbits from Thursday’s schedule release.
- The conference added New Mexico as an opponent to Fresno State’s revised schedule, after the Lobos were not on the Bulldogs original schedule.
- Air Force was on Fresno State’s original schedule (supposed to be played Sept. 26 at Bulldog Stadium), but is not on the Bulldogs revised schedule.
- Fresno State will play all five other teams (Hawai’i, UNLV, San Jose State, San Diego State, Nevada) from what normally constitutes the West Division of the Mountain West.
- Fresno State will play three teams (Colorado State, Utah State, New Mexico) from what normally constitutes the Mountain Division of the Mountain West. Those three teams combined to go only 9-15 in league play a year ago, and were predicted to be the bottom three teams in the Mountain Division in 2020, in the preseason poll released in July (Utah State – 4th, Colorado State – 5th, New Mexico – 6th).
- The three teams from the Mountain Division the Bulldogs will miss in 2020 (Boise State, Air Force, Wyoming), combined to go 19-5 in league play last year, and were picked 1-2-3 (Boise State, Wyoming, Air Force) in the Division in this summer’s preseason poll.
- Every team in the Conference is scheduled to play eight total games, but there are three teams in the Conference – Air Force, Boise State and San Diego State – who are scheduled to play non-conference games. Air Force had previously scheduled games against Navy and Army. Boise State is hosting independent BYU on Nov. 7, and San Diego State is expected to play a non-conference game on Dec. 12 against an opponent to be determined.
- There will be a minimum number of Conference games a team must play in order to be eligible for the Mountain West Championship game. It will be roughly two games less than the average number of Conference games played by all Conference teams.
Here is the full schedule of games involving all Mountain West teams.
Saturday, October 3
- Navy at Air Force
Saturday, October 24
- Air Force at San José State*
- Hawaii at Fresno State*
- New Mexico at Colorado State*
- UNLV at San Diego State*
- Utah State at Boise State*
- Wyoming at Nevada*
Saturday, October 31
- Boise State at Air Force*
- Colorado State at Fresno State*
- Hawaii at Wyoming*
- Nevada at UNLV*
- San José State at New Mexico*
- San Diego State at Utah State*
Saturday, November 7
- Air Force at Army
- BYU at Boise State
- Fresno State at UNLV*
- New Mexico at Hawaii*
- San José State at San Diego State*
- Utah State at Nevada*
- Wyoming at Colorado State*
Saturday, November 14
- Air Force at Wyoming*
- Colorado State at Boise State*
- Fresno State at Utah State*
- Hawaii at San Diego State*
- Nevada at New Mexico*
- UNLV at San José State*
Saturday, November 21
- Boise State at Hawaii*
- New Mexico at Air Force*
- San Diego State at Nevada*
- San José State at Fresno State*
- UNLV at Colorado State*
- Utah State at Wyoming*
Saturday, November 28
- Colorado State at Air Force*
- Nevada at Hawaii*
- New Mexico at Utah State*
- San Diego State at Fresno State*
- San José State at Boise State*
- Wyoming at UNLV*
Saturday, December 5
- Air Force at Utah State*
- Boise State at UNLV*
- Colorado State at San Diego State*
- Fresno State at Nevada*
- Hawaii at San José State*
- Wyoming at New Mexico*
Saturday, December 12
- Boise State at Wyoming*
- Fresno State at New Mexico*
- Nevada at San José State*
- San Diego State vs TBA
- UNLV at Hawaii*
- Utah State at Colorado State*
Saturday, December 19
- Mountain West Championship Game
*Mountain West game
+The Mountain West Football Championship Game will be played at the home stadium of the team with the highest win percentage in Conference games only.
All dates and times are local to site and are subject to change. All games are subject to state, county and local approvals.