CBS to air first two Mountain West title games

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comAugust 20, 2013 

The inaugural Mountain West championship game will kick off at 8 p.m. Mountain on Dec. 7, joining the SEC as CBS' only conference title games. The SEC game starts at 2 p.m.

The Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC will also hold championship games that day, with each kicking off around 6 p.m.

CBS also holds an option for the 2015 MW title game.

The conference is still looking for a sponsor for the title game, which will be held at the home stadium of the division winner that is ranked highest in the Bowl Championship Standings.

No. 19 Boise State is in the Mountain Division.

MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH FROM A GOLD MEDALIST

University of Idaho graduate and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong spoke to Boise State on Sunday, offering the Broncos insight into overcoming obstacles and her six characteristics to be your best self.

"How can you say no to Coach Pete?" Armstrong said. "I like to share the love in Idaho. When anyone is trying to make their team better and stronger and I have one of the few pieces of motivation, I'll hand those out. It was so much fun."

Armstrong, a Boise resident, won gold in 2008 and 2012 in cycling's time trial.

"I'd heard her speak before," Petersen said. "How much adversity she had to go through to get that second gold medal and really the first one as well. So that's what we wanted those guys to hear."

Armstrong talked a lot about focus. It is one of her six characteristics to be your best self, along with good attitude/believing in yourself, motivation, sacrifice, teamwork and fun.

It is not unusual for Petersen, who has a master's degree in educational psychology from UC Davis, to bring in outside speakers.

Armstrong said many of the players took notes and came up to shake her hand at the end. She passed around one of her gold medals.

ORANGE OUT FOR SOUTHERN MISS GAME

Fans voted for an all-orange color scheme for the Broncos' Sept. 28 game against Southern Miss. It will be the first "orange out" since 2011.

Brian Murphy: 377-6444Twitter: @MurphsTurph

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