The Mountain West has been taking hits all season long. Things started out promising enough when the conference landed Boise State, and speculation that the league could end up with an automatic BCS bid because of it began. Unfortunately, since then, the conference has watched TCU, Utah and BYU move on to greener pastures, and any talk of an automatic bid for the Mountain West quickly came to a halt.
Though that hasn't stopped the conference from brainstorming ideas to get that bid. In fact, it seems that the Mountain West is teaming up with Conference USA in an attempt to find a way to get a BCS bid between the two conferences.
A united approach to a Bowl Championship Series automatic-qualifying berth has been among the most intriguing possibilities since neither currently has automatic status.
"There is still some level of interest in talking about that between the two conferences," [C_USA commissioner Britton] Banowsky said. "Where the conversation ultimately goes, I think, is way too early to tell. But I think as long as folks are interested in exploring that idea, we'll continue to do that."
There has been speculation the two could push for a BCS play-in game between the winners of their conferences.
That laughing you hear in the background is Bill Hancock.
It's a noble idea, sure, and one that in a perfect world would likely deserve some consideration, but let's be real, the BCS isn't looking to bring in any new members. While the two conferences may team up and help each other with marketing and television, there's no way either will end up with an automatic BCS berth.