Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
Idle Boise State can crash the party next week with a win over Nevada.
Fresno State and San Diego State each got wins in their final games of the regular season Saturday, locking up a share of the Mountain West Conference football championship. The Boise State Broncos, who face Nevada on Dec. 1 to complete their season, could still join the scrum at the top of the standings.
Fresno State, San Diego State, and Boise State all entered play on Saturday at 6-1 in the Mountain West. Fresno, which defeated San Diego State but lost to Boise, dispatched of Air Force 48-15, going to the clubhouse at 7-1. San Diego State joined them with a 48-24 win over Wyoming. Boise State remains at 6-1 following an idle week, but a win at Nevada could cause a three-way tie for the title.
Complicating matters is that the Mountain West Conference does not have a football tiebreaker procedure, meaning that any of the teams claiming a share of the title could be chosen for the conference's top bowl tie-in, the Las Vegas Bowl. If two teams are tied atop the standings, an informal head-to-head tiebreaker would likely settle the matter. However, if three teams are tied in the standings next Sunday, bowl representatives could take any of the three teams as the Mountain West champion.
Air Force, which has finished its season at 6-6 overall and 5-3 in the conference, sits in the fourth position. The Falcons have already accepted a spot in the Armed Forces Bowl. Nevada, which is 4-3 in conference play and 7-4 overall, is a near-certainty to go to the New Mexico Bowl.
Colorado State finished its season 3-5 in the conference and 4-8 overall, tied for sixth, with Wyoming. UNLV, New Mexico and Hawaii rounding out the standings.