LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Mountain West Conference has voted to begin the fall football season October 24th.
Teams will play an 8-game regular season with the conference championship game slated to be played December 19th, one day before the College Football Playoff selections.
“We are excited that our team has the opportunity to compete and play this fall,” said Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen. “There is much work to do and lost time to make up, so we are already hard at work preparing to put the best product out on the field.”
Utah State, which finished the 2019 season with a record of 7-6, will play four home games and four road games. The Mountain West schedule is expected to released in the coming days.
“I am thrilled for Aggie Nation that football is returning this fall,” added Utah State athletic director John Hartwell. “It is great for the University, our students, alums, fans, the people of Cache Valley, etc. I am most excited for our student-athletes and coaches, who have been through so much, to now have a season to play. We are appreciative of the work of the Mountain West Conference staff, the Presidents of the institutions in the Mountain West, the MWC Medical Advisory Group, our football coaches, and my fellow Athletic Directors for getting us to this point. We know there are still challenges ahead over the next month of practice and the following two months of games, but we will navigate those and look forward to seeing our Aggie Football team on the field competing for a Mountain West Championship.”
League presidents met Thursday and voted to start the fall season, which had been postponed Aug. 10 because of concerns around the coronavirus pandemic. The season and the ability to have fans in attendance is subject to approval from state and local public health officials.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Pac-12 Conference announced it will begin the 2020 football season the weekend of November 6th.
The Mountain West is close to finalizing an agreement for daily rapid antigen testing, which many medical experts think can limit outbreaks and ease some of the obstacles of contact tracing. The Pac-12 and Big Ten plan to implement daily antigen testing at all of their campuses.