On Friday, the Mountain West Conference announced its decision to eliminate divisions in football, beginning in 2023.

The University of Hawaii joined the Mountain West as a football-only member in 2012. In 2013, the conference split into two divisions: the Mountain and the West, with both divisions holding six teams.

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Hawaii appeared in the 2019 Mountain West championship game after winning the West division. The divisional format is what allowed the ‘Bows to make the MW championship game at 5-3. In the Mountain division, three teams had a better conference record in 2019.

Starting in 2023, the two teams with the highest winning percentage in conference games will meet in the championship game.

On Wednesday, the Pac-12 also announced its decision to eliminate divisions. Both the Mountain West and Pac-12 have stated publicly that doing so will allow both conference the best chance of making the College Football Playoff.