Following separate releases by the MAC and Sun Belt on Friday, the Mountain West unrolled its 2015 slate on Monday, thereby completing the entire FBS schedule for this fall, save for television adjustments here and there.
Hold your applause, please.
Like every one of its FBS peers save for the Big 12 and Sun Belt, the Mountain West (save for one exception) will play 12 games over 13 weeks with a conference championship game slated for Dec. 5. That exception? Hawaii. The Warriors will play 13 straight weeks; it appears the cash-strapped Hawaii athletics department chose a seventh home game and/or visits to both Ohio State and Wisconsin over an off week.
Hawaii isn't the only MW program with a tough slate, though. Boise State opens its season with Washington on Friday, Sept. 4, and then faces BYU, Virginia, Hawaii, Colorado State and Utah State over the first seven weeks of the season.
A few more notes:
- Power Five teams visiting MW campuses: Colorado (at Hawaii, Sept. 3), Washington (at Boise State, Sept. 4), Minnesota (at Colorado State, Sept. 12), Arizona (at Nevada, Sept. 12), UCLA (at UNLV, Sept. 12) and Utah (at Fresno State, Sept. 19). That's tied with Conference USA for the most among Group of Five conferences.
- Power Five teams hosting MW programs: Ole Miss (vs. Fresno State, Sept. 12), Ohio State (vs. Hawaii, Sept. 12), California (vs. San Diego State, Sept. 12), Utah (vs. Utah State, Sept. 12), Arizona State (vs. New Mexico, Sept. 18), Michigan State (vs. Air Force, Sept. 19), Texas A&M (vs. Nevada, Sept. 19), Oregon State (vs. San Jose State, Sept. 19), Michigan (vs. UNLV, Sept. 19), Washington (vs. Utah State, Sept. 19), Washington State (vs. Wyoming, Sept. 19), Virginia (vs. Boise State, Sept. 25), Wisconsin (vs. Hawaii, Sept. 26), Penn State (vs. San Diego State, Sept. 26) and Auburn (vs. San Jose State, Oct. 3).