SAN JOSE -- One of seven bowl-eligible teams from the Mountain West Conference likely will be left out of the postseason, and it could be San Jose State.

During a conference call with the media Monday, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson was asked if he could envision all seven eligible teams being invited to a bowl.

"I don't think it'll happen," he said.

That news isn't expected to break until after Saturday's conference championship game, but working against the Mountain West are the abundance of bowl-eligible teams. There's currently 77 teams for 70 spots, and it could swell to 80. The Atlantic Coast Conference has three extra teams, the Pac-12 Conference has two, and the amount of at-large spots available is limited.

"That doesn't help those teams in the Mountain West," Thompson said. "In all reality, one is probably not going to be in a bowl game."

The Spartans (6-6) are very much one of the bubble teams, joined by San Diego State (7-5), UNLV (7-5) and Colorado State (7-6). There remains a remote chance all seven teams, including Fresno State (10-1), Utah State (8-4) and Boise State (8-4), get in. That likely would entail securing an at-large berth for Boise State, the conference's most well-known brand.

But don't expect news to come any earlier than Saturday, when Fresno State hosts Utah State in the inaugural conference title game at 7 p.m. Thompson said decisions from the bowls could come late Saturday or early Sunday, with the possibility of making announcements Sunday morning.

The reason for that is Thompson wants to see what bowl games have at-large spots available in hopes of working some magic to get every team a berth.

The process of filling out the bowls will start with the Las Vegas Bowl getting the first choice. It likely will take the conference champion.

The Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego gets the next selection, and then the remaining four games -- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu and Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas -- all share the third selection. Those four games are all owned by ESPN Regional Television, meaning the network will play perhaps the biggest role in selecting teams based on matchups that can produce the most revenue in game attendance and TV viewership.

That's where SJSU hopes it has an edge. Thompson said he fielded several calls over the weekend telling him the first half of the Spartans' 62-52 upset of Fresno State was "the most phenomenal 30 minutes of football I've ever seen."

SJSU coach Ron Caragher likes that factor as well as the Spartans' head-to-head road victories over both Colorado State and UNLV. He discounts the idea that those teams with seven wins should have an advantage over his six-win team.

"If you take total wins, that's skewed because everyone would play teams you should win against," Caragher said.

Producing revenue for the games is a big factor, and that typically works against SJSU, which doesn't travel well. But none of the other bubble teams have great travel histories, either. More than likely, they'll all sweat this week out together.

  • Caragher announced Monday that two walk-ons, redshirt freshman running back Jarrod Lawson and true freshman outside linebacker Isaiah Irving, were awarded scholarships beginning in the spring semester.

  • Quarterback David Fales and kicker Austin Lopez were named Mountain West Conference players of the week. Fales earned offensive honors for the third time this season, and Lopez earned the special teams award for the second time.