Mountain West Conference announces fall football season with 8 games will begin in October


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – NOVEMBER 28: The sun sets over the stadium as the Colorado State Rams drive against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium on November 28, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Air Force defeated Colorado State 27-24. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) — The Mountain West Conference announced Thursday that it will have a fall football season, with the first games kicking off in late October. In August, the conference decided to postpone fall sports indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shortened, eight-game schedule will begin the week of Oct. 24, according to the conference.

The Mountain West championship will be held on Dec. 19.

The season is subject to approval from state, county and local officials, the conference said.

The Mountain West said they have partnered with Quest Diagnostics to implement testing protocols across all member institutions. The agreement with Quest delivers frequent testing with rapid results. 

The Mountain West said they will require all football student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other people that are on the field to undergo testing three times per week. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each game.

The conference said stadium capacities will be determined by each school in accordance with state, county and local health ordinances and in consultation with government officials.

Eleven colleges are part of the Mountain West Conference, including two in Colorado: Colorado State University and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Earlier Thursday, the Pac-12 Conference announced it will also have a fall football season.

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