Championship Weekend in college football is still about a month away and there are plenty of division races still coming down the wire in the next few weeks around the country. One division race is now wrapped up, as San Diego State became the first team in the country to clinch its division championship to reserve a spot in the Mountain West Conference championship game.
The Aztecs clinched the West Division of the MWC with a 55-0 home victory over Hawaii and Nevada losing a game at New Mexico. That gave the Aztecs a three-game lead in the loss column on Hawaii and UNLV and a four-game lead on San Jose State and Nevada in the West Division. San Diego State still has three games to play, which will now be played to grab home-field advantage in the conference championship game.
San Diego State’s opponent is still to be determined because the Mountain Division is still up for grabs between Wyoming, Boise State and New Mexico. Wyoming is the only undefeated team in conference play in the Mountain Division with head-to-head win against Boise State and a game to be played later against New Mexico. Also, Wyoming hosts San Diego State on November 19 in a gamer that could both be a preview of the MWC Championship Game and potentially determine which team will get home-field advantage in the conference championship game. The team ranked the highest by the College Football Playoff standings will be the host for the conference championship game.
So don’t forget about San Diego State in the Group of Five picture. With a Heisman Trophy candidate in running back Donnell Pumphrey and just one loss this season (albeit a rather mind-blowing defeat on the road against South Alabama), the Aztecs are still very much in the mix. San Diego State still stands behind an undefeated Western Michigan but may still be next in line ahead of whatever team comes out of the American Athletic Conference championship.