Sunday AM update: The computers have spoken and next Saturday’s Mountain West Conference Championship game will feature Boise State visiting UNLV.
The Mountain West Conference quietly produced one of the more compelling conference title races this year and we now have full blown chaos in the final week of the regular season With San Jose State knocking off UNLV on Saturday, there is now a three-way tie for first place in the league and next Saturday’s conference championship game will be decided by computers.
That’s right, computers. Let’s explain.
Boise State, San Jose State, and UNLV all finished the season with a 6-2 record in conference. A round-robin tiebreaker between the three schools wouldn’t work considering that Boise State and UNLV didn’t play each other this season. So the league will use the highest ranked teams in computer rankings to determine the participants and who will host the game next Saturday. The rankings the conference uses include Jeff Anderson and Chris Hester, Colley Matrix, Massey, and Peter R. Wolfe.
The MWC eliminated divisions this season and decided to go with the two teams with the best conference records. It’s a little bit of bad luck for them to immediately run into this problem right out the gate, but that’s the way it shook out. We should get word from the league shortly after their slate of games this week come to a close.