Mountain West Presidents Meeting This Week To Discuss Restarting Football
Season could start on Oct. 24
There is a chance for just a seven-game season
UPDATE: Meeting among Mountain West presidents is to take place Thursday night with a potential vote that night.
Source: Mountain West presidents have a meeting confirmed for Thursday night to discuss the return of football. There’s a potential vote that night as well. But not one scheduled. MWC hopes to come back Oct 24 and play 8-game schedule.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 22, 2020
The Mountain West is moving one step closer to returning to the football field with a vote on Friday among the presidents. Athletic directors met on Monday to form a plan and it will move to presidents at the end of the week, according to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy.
Mountain West optimistic about playing 8-game schedule starting Oct. 24, w/presidents possibly voting Friday, sources told @Stadium. If presidents delay vote, MW likely would only have 7-game schedule starting Oct. 31. All 12 schools intend to play at this time, source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 22, 2020
The league having multiple options is a good idea to get in games this year, and the new update is that the Mountain West could do a seven-game season with a Halloween start date.
Also, what is new is that all 12 teams are scheduled to play this fall which is different from the initial report that said Hawaii, Fresno State, and Air Force may not play.
For the Falcons, this very likely means they will not be playing Army at its scheduled date and time which is Nov. 7 at West Point. Army currently is scheduled to play 10 games, which include the Air Force game, and looking at their schedule there is no room to play the Falcons.
One option would be if the Falcons do not play in the Mountain West title game on Dec. 19, or if a game getting postponed or moved on Oct. 10, 17, or the 24th if the Mountain West goes to a seven-game schedule.
There is no new update on when a title game would take place but the way the schedule is currently proposed, it will mean playing the entirety of a seven- or eight-game season with a title game on Dec. 19 which is why Air Force vs. Army could schedule a game that day.
One big question is that would a seven-game Mountain West allow them to qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl game, but there is no official guideline or rule what it takes to qualify for the playoff or a big-time bowl game. However, it makes sense that more games would be more helpful than less.
The fate of a 2020 Mountain West football schedule looks to be determined by this Friday.