The Mountain West Conference strives to be considered one of the top conferences in college football and they are slowly getting there.
On Monday, the Boise State Broncos announced they will be playing a home-and-home series against the Florida State Seminoles in 2019 and 2020.
For Boise, playing two straight years against an ACC team will not only boost their prestige, but their strength of schedule as well. From FSU’s standpoint, it’s much the same, considering the Broncos have been a perennial top-25 team as of late.
As part of the agreement, each school will pay the other $400,000 for both games.
In Fort Collins, a similar agreement was met between the Colorado State Rams and the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
What it means for CSU is a national audience and two giant pay-days of $1.5 million per game. It will certainly improve their strength of schedule. For Colorado State, whose entire athletic budget is just over $25 million per year, the money from the series with the Crimson Tide will certainly help–not only the football program, either.
The Rams will play in Alabama in 2013, on Sept. 21, and then again in either 2015 or 2017. Also, they’re scheduled to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2015 and 2016, which is a home-and-home series.
As the Mountain West continues to improve, other teams from more traditionally powerful conference are noticing and they’re scheduling MW teams. It’s a positive look on the conference in general and a way for the teams to gain notoriety in other, more eastern parts of the country.