|WAC football champions|
|Conference Football Champions|
Western Athletic Conference Logo
|Conference||Western Athletic Conference|
|Current champion||Utah State Aggies (Final Champion)|
|Most championships||BYU Cougars (19)|
|Official website||WACSports.com Football|
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) sponsored football and crowned a champion every year from 1962 to 2012. Once considered one of the best conferences in college football, steady attrition from 1999 to 2012 forced the WAC to drop football after fifty-one years.
The WAC has 26 former football-playing members.
|1986||San Diego State||7–1|
|San Diego State||1||1||0|
The Western Athletic Conference staged a conference title football game during the three years (1996–98) the league consisted of sixteen members. During this time, the league was split into two divisions, Pacific and Mountain, with eight teams in each division. The top finisher in each division played for the championship, which was held at Sam Boyd Stadium in the Las Vegas Valley. When conference membership was cut in half in 1999 with the formation of the Mountain West Conference, both the championship game and two-division format were discontinued. All participants in the three title games were among the defections to Mountain West.
Below are the results from all WAC Championship Games played. The winning team appears in bold font, on a background of their primary team color. Rankings are from the AP Poll released prior to the game. ABC Sports televised all three games.
|Date||Mountain Division||Pacific Division||Stadium||Location||Attendance||Ref.|
|December 7, 1996||#6 BYU||28 (OT)||#20 Wyoming||25||Sam Boyd Stadium||Whitney, Nevada||41,238|||
|December 6, 1997||#25 New Mexico||13||#20 Colorado State||41||12,706|||
|December 5, 1998||#17 Air Force||20||BYU||13||32,745|||
Results by team
The WAC had conference tie-ins with various bowl games during its history, including:
Bowl Championship Series
The WAC champion received an automatic berth in one of the five Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl games if they were the highest ranked non-automatic qualifying conference champion and either of the following:
- Ranked in the top 12 of the BCS Rankings.
- Ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Rankings and its ranking was higher than that of an automatic qualifying conference champion.
By qualifying under the first criterion above, Boise State landed a berth in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, and Hawaii received a bid to play in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. In 2009, the Mountain West champion TCU Horned Frogs received the automatic BCS bid by finishing higher than Boise State in the final BCS rankings. However, Boise State received a BCS at-large bid and defeated TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. In three BCS bowl games, the WAC recorded two wins and one loss. In addition to those three teams that played in BCS bowls, four other WAC teams qualified for a BCS berth but were not selected to play in a BCS bowl game: TCU in 2000 and Boise State in 2004, 2008, and 2010.
|2007 Fiesta Bowl||#9 Boise State||43||#7 Oklahoma||42||Big 12|
|2008 Sugar Bowl||#10 Hawaii||10||#4 Georgia||41||SEC|
|2010 Fiesta Bowl||#6 Boise State||17||#3 TCU||10||Mountain West|
Notable football rivalries involving WAC teams are listed below. Records are not limited to years that the WAC was active.
|Teams||Rivalry||Years||Games||Series leader (W–L–T)||Current win streak||Ref.|
|Idaho||Boise State||Governor's Trophy||1971–2010||40||Boise State (22–17–1)||Boise State (12)|||
|New Mexico State||New Mexico||Rio Grande Rivalry||1894–2018||109||New Mexico (71–33–5)||New Mexico (1)|||
|New Mexico State||UTEP||The Battle of I-10||1914–2018||96||UTEP (57–37–2)||New Mexico State (2)|||
|San Jose State||Fresno State||Valley Rivalry||1921–2018||82||Fresno State (42–37–3)||Fresno State (2)|||
|Utah State||BYU||Old Wagon Wheel||1922–2018||88||BYU (48–37–3)||Utah State (2)|||
|Utah State||Utah||Battle of the Brothers||1892–2015||113||Utah (79���30–4)||Utah (2)|||
Starting in 1996, the 16 conference members were divided info four pods, each with four teams. Two pods comprised the Pacific Division, and the other two pods were the Mountain Division. Pod one would always compete in Pacific, while pod four would always compete in Mountain. The other two pods were scheduled to swap divisions every two years, with the new alignment to take effect in even-numbered years. The pods and divisional alignment were discontinued after 1998.
San Diego State
San Jose State
- "Western Athletic Conf. Championship". Akron Beacon Journal. Akron, Ohio. December 7, 1997. p. C9. Retrieved March 8, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- "1964 Western Athletic Conference Year Summary". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 8, 2019.