The Mountain West Conference will play eight conference games in football in both 2012 and 2013.
The league is slated to have 10 teams starting in 2012. The actual schedule has yet to be released. Teams will play four conference games at home and on the road, and they can schedule as many as four non-conference games.
Wyoming has its 2012 non-conference schedule in place with home games against Cal Poly and Toledo, along with road games at Texas and Idaho. In 2013, UW has games scheduled at Nebraska and Texas State, and a home game with Idaho.
The other nine teams in the MWC in 2012 are Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV.
So that poses a couple of interesting questions:
1. Who gets left off UW’s conference slate starting in 2012? You’ve got to assume it won’t be someone like Air Force or Colorado State, the two biggest rivals left for the Cowboys.
Who do you think it should be?
2. What will the four conference home games be starting in 2012?
In 2011 UW must play four road conference games in the unbalanced and eight-team MWC. Those road games are against Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State and San Diego State. Those would be the logical choices for home games in 2012.
Or will the MWC truck its 2011 formula and start anew in 2012 with three new members (Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada)?
There also is talk that Boise State could play in Laramie this season. The Broncos, as members of the WAC, won 51-6 in Laramie last season. It may move its game with TCU this coming season from Fort Worth to Boise since TCU is bailing the following year for the Big East. That would force Boise to have to move a home conference game on the road, and UW is slated to play at Boise State next year. So is Air Force, New Mexico and San Diego State.
If you were Boise State, which place would you want to play at?
I wouldn’t pick Air Force. The Falcons will be good next season. San Diego State should be good, too, despite losing coach Brady Hoke to Michigan. The game would showcase Boise State in the talent-rich Southern California recruiting area where it likes to recruit in. Still, I would avoid that one.
I would choose either UW or New Mexico. Both combined for four victories last season, and while both should be better in 2011, a team as good as Boise State should feel it can beat either one no matter where they played. It would be great to see Boise State come to Laramie again because it is a top five team. Boise State is familiar with the travel involved in getting to Laramie, not to mention the team it hammered.
But logistically it’s easier to get from Boise to Albuquerque than from Boise to Laramie. If it were me, I choose New Mexico.
Any thoughts or opinions on any of this?