DENVER, Colo. -- The Mountain West Conference announced that its 12 football teams will be divided into two football divisions for the upcoming 2013 season, and there will be a championship game between the division winners.
Boise State will play in the Mountain Division that includes Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming. The West Division will feature Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.
The league's directors of athletics say the divisions are based on common geographic regions and traditional rivalries.
Boise State will play five divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually.
The inaugural Mountain West Football Championship game will be played Dec. 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the team with the highest BCS ranking.
There will not be divisions for Mountain West 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 Conference.