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Mountain West Conference delays start of football season; teams to play 10-game schedule

 


Boise State was scheduled to open the season against Georgia Southern on September 5. The earliest start date is now the week ending September 26.

BOISE, Idaho The Boise state football team was scheduled to start in the fall camp on Friday, and on Wednesday the team was exactly a month away from kicking off against Georgia Southern.

But that all changed on Wednesday night when the Mountain West Conference announced its plan for the upcoming football season and other fall sports.

The fall season begins no earlier than the week ending September 26, pushing the football start date back a few weeks.

The conference also announced that it will implement an 8 and 2 format for football. That means that teams – as usual – play eight league games, but the number of non-conference games was cut in half, from four to two.

Boise State currently has four non-conference games scheduled: a home game against Georgia Southern on September 5; a home game against the state of Florida on September 19; an away game against Marshall on September 25; and a home game against BYU on November 6.

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None of Boise State’s non-conference games have been officially canceled, but Georgia Southern and Florida State games are likely to be canceled or moved to a subsequent season.

As for the fall camp, the team is now targeting August 21 for their first practice day.

The conference also announced on Wednesday that the football championship will take place on December 5, 12 or 19, because the conference wants some flexibility.

“The health and well-being of our student athletes and campus communities remains paramount in our decision-making process,” Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement. “The modified fall structure as currently configured provides flexibility and time for our athletic programs to be in the best position to practice collegiate sports this season. Much work remains to be done and many important decisions to be made. today’s announcement provides a way forward as we navigate the coming weeks. “

It is a way forward for some, but not all athletic teams.

All fall competitions are canceled for men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, softball and baseball.

Meanwhile, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross-country skiing are all allowed to be completed in conference schedules.

The winner of the regular season for both football and volleyball will be crowned national champion.

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