Changes from last year affecting WAC standings and schedule.Last year the WAC had 10 teams and an unbalanced schedule.
Last year each WAC team played 8 of the 9 WAC opponents.
Last year each WAC team skipped one WAC opponent.
This year the WAC has 9 teams and a balanced schedule.
This year each WAC team plays 8 of the 8 WAC opponents.
This year each WAC team will play all WAC opponents.
This balanced schedule makes it easier to determine tie breakers and standings as the season progresses.
Tie breakers are used for bowl determination.From the WAC website:
Bowl placement shall be determined as follows:
- 1. The top two teams, based upon regular season
finish, shall receive guaranteed bowl berths.
2. If the University of Hawaii is bowl eligible, and if the WAC has at least three bowl slots, it shall receive a berth in the Hawaii Bowl, regardless of its place in the Conference regular season standings.
3. Once bowl representatives have been determined, a committee consisting of the Commissioner and Athletics Directors not involved in the pool of eligible teams, in consultation with the Conference's bowl partners, shall select and place team(s) according to the "right team, right place" principle. The Committee shall seek to balance the best interest of the bowls versus the best interest of the Conference and involved team(s).
4. Ties in the regular season standings shall be broken based upon head-to-head regular season competition.
* Two Tied Teams.
The winner of the regular season game between the tied teams shall receive the higher place in the standings.
* Three or More Tied Teams.
Compare the records of the tied teams against each other. The team(s) with the best record(s) versus the other tied teams receives the higher place in the standings. If this results in more than one team having the best identical record against the other tied teams, use head-to-head tiebreakers for only those teams. If the tie still cannot be broken, the Bowl Placement Committee shall break the tie.
Tie breakers are not used for determination of the WAC champion.From the WAC website:
The 2005 WAC football champion will be determined by the regular season standings in conference games.
Here is this from the WAC code book.
3. Championship Determination
- a. Regular Season
The team with the highest won-lost percentage of Conference games played shall be the regular season champion.
Two or more teams that are tied with the same conference record shall be considered co-champions.