Mountain West planning title game with 'addition' of SDSU

It is the Mountain West’s “full intention” to split into two divisions and stage a conference championship now that San Diego State has remained in the fold.

The MWC is expected to be the seventh FBS league to stage a league title game, according to commissioner Craig Thompson. The “addition” of San Diego State on Wednesday -- which never really left -- means the league will have 12 teams. As part of its terms of agreement to join the Mountain West earlier this month, Boise State stated it would be the “present intent” of the conference to stage a championship game.

The game would be played on the campus of the highest BCS-rated division winner.

“Everybody has been talking about that,” Thompson told “Boise State wants to do it. San Diego State wants to do it. We’ve got to cross our ‘Ts’ and dot our ‘Is,’ but it is our full intention to have a conference championship game the first week of December.”

The Mountain West will not help San Diego State with its exit fees from the Big East or Big West (in sports other than football).  The school will earn approximately $2.1 million from the 2012-2013 academic year.

The league operated with 10 members for football in 2012. It retained Boise State and San Diego State for 2013 but also is adding Utah State and San Jose State.’s Jeremy Fowler reported Wednesday on San Diego State’s return to the conference.

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Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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