DENVER — The Mountain West will add a football championship game next season when it expands to the requisite dozen schools, which will be split into two divisions.
The league is adding Utah State and San Jose State next season.
The new football alignments will feature Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division.
Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV make up the West Division.
The inaugural football championship is Dec. 7 at the home stadium of the school with the highest BCS ranking.
There won’t be divisions in basketball but an 18-game conference schedule with home-and-home series with eight opponents and single games against a rotation of the remaining teams.
Hawaii is a football-only member.
Middle Tenn., FAU announce July 1 move to C-USA
Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic are leaving the Sun Belt Conference early and joining Conference USA on July 1.
Both schools already had announced plans to switch conferences last November no later than July 1, 2014. But officials at both universities had been negotiating recently with Conference USA and the Sun Belt to speed up the move in all sports by a year.
The Blue Raiders joined the Sun Belt in 2000 and leave having won a league-best 50 Sun Belt games and eight all-sports titles with 54 conference titles.
For FAU, this caps a move from Division I-AA and puts the Owls in the league with rival Florida International, which also joins C-USA in 2013.