American Football Database
Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(Border Conference)
DivisionDivision I
Members6 (final) 9 (total)
RegionSouthwestern United States

The Border Conference, officially known as the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association, was an NCAA-affiliated college athletic conference founded in 1931 that disbanded following the 1961–62 season. Centered in the southwestern United States, the conference included nine member institutions located in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.


Charter members playing American football (and years of membership) included:

Other members competing in football (and years of membership) included:

Membership timeline

West Texas A&M UniversityHardin-Simmons UniversityUniversity of Texas at El PasoTexas Tech UniversityNew Mexico State UniversityUniversity of New MexicoArizona State UniversityNorthern Arizona UniversityUniversity of Arizona

Football champions

Texas Tech holds the most conference championships at seven. Arizona State won six conference championships followed by Arizona (three), Hardin–Simmons (two) and both West Texas State and the Texas State School of Mines hold one each. From 1932 to 1934 and 1943 to 1945 no champion was named. There were only two seasons where the title was split and two co-champions were named; 1938, New Mexico and New Mexico A&M and in 1942 Hardin–Simmons and Texas Tech. The winner of the conference title generally received an invitation to serve as the host team for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.[1]

Current conference affiliations of former members

The nine former football-playing members of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association are currently affiliated with the following nine conferences (all NCAA Division I FBS unless indicated):

See also