NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Mountain West Conference announced Thursday night it will play an eight-game, conference-only schedule beginning next month. That means Lobo football could be coming back this fall. However, in their announcement, the conference says games are subject to approval from state, county, and local officials.

The games start the week of Oct. 24 with a league championship game on Dec. 19, which is similarly structured to what the Big Ten approved for its return to play last week. The Big Ten has been able to return to play by moving toward daily point-of-care testing.

Officials announced on Friday that they plan to test all staff and players three times a week to ensure everyone’s safety. “We have some restrictions, certainly in some of our states right now and we talked that through a little bit and we’re working through those with state and local and county in between government restrictions,” said MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson.

If the current public health order stays the same, the Lobos will have to play their games on the road. In August, the Mountain West Conference made the announcement that they were postponing fall sports.