2005 Mountain West Conference Football Schedule Announced
TCU will make its MWC debut on Thursday, September 15 by hosting defending MWC and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champion Utah in an ESPN/ESPN2 national telecast.
March 8, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A new era gets underway for the Mountain West Conference as it begins its seventh season of football competition in 2005 with the addition of newest member Texas Christian University. TCU will make its MWC debut on Thursday, September 15 by hosting defending MWC and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champion Utah in an ESPN/ESPN2 national telecast.
Conference play begins the opening weekend of the schedule, with New Mexico hosting UNLV. San Diego State will visit Air Force in week two. The first full weekend of MWC action will center around Saturday, October 1. For the second consecutive season, and the second time in league history, the MWC concludes its entire regular-season schedule before Thanksgiving.
The scheduling process proved particularly challenging in 2005 and, for the first time, the Conference utilized the services of an outside entity to help construct a workable format. The Sports Scheduling Group, which includes Major League Baseball and the Atlantic Coast Conference among its clients, utilized its world-class personnel and computer resources to assist the MWC in attempting to balance more than 130 variables generated by the member institutions, the league scheduling parameters and television.
A comprehensive conference-wide television schedule will be announced at a later date. Several games may still be moved to Thursday or Friday slots for television, while others will be chosen as six- or 12-day picks.
A complete listing of the 2005 Mountain West Conference football schedule is attached:
2005 Mountain West Conference Composite Football Schedule
Thursday, September 1