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Mountain West Rooting Guide: Final Edition

What each of the three remaining teams needs to make the Mountain West Championship Game

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We have reached the final week of the regular season for the Mountain West, and there are still some pretty wild scenarios that could play out. Let’s take a look at what each team needs to make an appearance in the league’s premier game.

Boise State:

Best case scenario, Broncos win and San Jose State loses, making Boise State the home team. There are some scenarios where the Broncos can still get in even with a loss. It doesn’t seem right that a 4-1 Boise State get in over a 7-1 Nevada. Boise State could clinch a spot Friday night if San Jose State defeats Nevada.

Nevada:

Beat the Spartans and hope that Boise State defeats Wyoming. Unless the Mountain West makes changes to their tie breaker system, Boise State can get in over Nevada with one loss. I am a Boise State alum, and that still doesn’t seem right. Nevada should also be pulling for UNLV to defeat Hawaii. In that scenario, common record against Wyoming could help the Wolf Pack.

San Jose State:

Win and you’re in. Plus, you get to host the Mountain West Championship (wherever that might be). San Jose’s possible win over Nevada, would be better than anything Boise State has. The Spartans can still get in with a loss as long as Boise State loses as well.

If you have questions about tie breakers in an unbalanced schedule, here is the link to the Mountain West release: https://themw.com/documents/2020/10/1/2020_MW_Football_Championship_Tiebreakers.pdf

It seems like a Boise State-San Jose State showdown where both teams are undefeated in league play would be the most desirable outcome for the Mountain West. But Nevada’s potent passing attack will give the Spartans everything they can handle. Who do you think makes the Mountain West Championship?