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2013 Mountain West schedule: Former WAC schools make debut

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

The Mountain West released their 2013 conference schedule on Thursday. (USATSI)
The Mountain West released its 2013 conference schedule on Thursday. (USATSI)

Boise State and San Diego State made a decision to return to the Mountain West instead of joining the Big East. That decision, along with the addition of San Jose State and Utah State from the WAC (RIP), gives the Mountain West a very intriguing schedule for 2013.

The league released the full conference schedule Thursday, completing the FBS schedule for the fall. Each Mountain West team will play five division opponents and three cross-division opponents in the eight-game conference schedule. On Dec. 7, the Mountain Division (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State, Wyoming) winner will play the winner of the West Division (Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV) in the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game. The game will be hosted by the team with the highest BCS ranking -- similar to the current Pac-12 model.

The conference schedule opens with a primetime meeting of Air Force and Boise State on Sept. 13. I don't know about you, but we're excited about the Smurf Turf under the lights on Friday the 13th. Check out the full schedule below. Aug. 29 is approaching.

Thursday, Aug. 29
Rutgers at Fresno State
USC at Hawaii
Sacramento State at San Jose State
UNLV at Minnesota
Utah State at Utah
Saturday, Aug. 31
Colgate at Air Force
Boise State at Washington
Nevada at UCLA
UTSA at New Mexico
Eastern Illinois at San Diego State
Wyoming at Nebraska
Sunday, Sept. 1
Colorado State vs. Colorado
Saturday, Sept. 7
Utah State at Air Force*
Tennessee-Martin at Boise State
Colorado State at Tulsa
Cal Poly at Fresno State
Hawaii at Oregon State
UC Davis at Nevada
New Mexico at UTEP
San Diego State at Ohio State
San Jose State at Stanford
Arizona at UNLV
Idaho at Wyoming
Friday, Sept. 13
Air Force at Boise State*
Saturday, Sept. 14
Cal Poly at Colorado State
Fresno State at Colorado
Nevada at Florida State
New Mexico at Pittsburgh
Central Michigan at UNLV
Weber State at Utah State
Northern Colorado at Wyoming
Friday, Sept. 20
Boise State at Fresno State*
Saturday, Sept. 21
Wyoming at Air Force*
Colorado State at Alabama
Hawaii at Nevada*
Oregon State at San Diego State
San Jose State at Minnesota
Western Illinois at UNLV
Utah State at USC

Friday, Sept. 27
Utah State at San Jose State*
Saturday, Sept. 28
Air Force at Nevada*
Southern Miss at Boise State
UTEP at Colorado State
Fresno State at Hawaii*
UNLV at New Mexico*
San Diego State at New Mexico State
Wyoming at Texas State
Friday, Oct. 4
Nevada at San Diego State*
BYU at Utah State
Saturday, Oct. 5
Air Force at Navy
Fresno State at Idaho
San Jose State at Hawaii*
New Mexico State at New Mexico
Thursday, Oct. 10
San Diego State at Air Force*
Saturday, Oct. 12
Boise State at Utah State*
San Jose State at Colorado State*
Hawaii at UNLV*
New Mexico at Wyoming*
Saturday, Oct. 19
Nevada at Boise State*
Colorado State at Wyoming*
UNLV at Fresno State*
Utah State at New Mexico*
Friday, Oct. 25
Boise State at BYU
Saturday, Oct. 26
Notre Dame at Air Force
Colorado State at Hawaii*
Fresno State at San Diego State*
UNLV at Nevada*
Wyoming at San Jose State*
Saturday, Nov. 2
Army at Air Force
Boise State at Colorado State*
Nevada at Fresno State*
Hawaii at Utah State*
New Mexico at San Diego State*
San Jose State at UNLV*

Friday, Nov. 8
Air Force at New Mexico*

Saturday, Nov. 9
Nevada at Colorado State*
Fresno State at Wyoming*
Hawaii at Navy
San Diego State at San Jose State*
Utah State at UNLV*

Saturday, Nov. 16
Wyoming at Boise State*
Colorado State at New Mexico*
San Diego State at Hawaii*
San Jose State at Nevada*

Thursday, Nov. 21
UNLV at Air Force*

Saturday, Nov. 23
Boise State at San Diego State*
Colorado State at Utah State*
New Mexico at Fresno State*
Hawaii at Wyoming*
Navy at San Jose State

Friday, Nov. 29
Fresno State at San Jose State*

Saturday, Nov. 30
Air Force at Colorado State*
New Mexico at Boise State*
Army at Hawaii
BYU at Nevada
San Diego State at UNLV*
Wyoming at Utah State*

Saturday, Dec. 7
MW Football Championship Game+

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