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MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

Posted on: December 22, 2010 2:18 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

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.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:38 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

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Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 12:08 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

Ahhh, excuse me?? Maybe you missed the "before Christmas" part. The only reason they are not 0 for 3 is they played each other in 1 game already.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:52 am

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

Do your research the wac and mwc have won the espn bowl trophy thats given at the end of the yr mwc 2 wac 1 BE 1 pac 10 1 since it started in 2005 acc 1 if given the chance they can play with all of them Take sec there out of conf schedule was as always the weakest it was over 100 again this year and there is only 120 teams.

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 5:22 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

The MountainWest JUCO conference?? Are you phuqqin kidding me?? Why C-USA would stoop to partner with this pollypissypnats conference is beyond me. I mean, really, what the combined record of the MWC/WAC in bowl games BEFORE Christmas??? Oh ya, 1 for suck.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:49 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

You might want to do your research. While I admit the Big East had a down year, they have been better than the ACC in recent years. 3 BCS Bowl wins in the past 5 seasons (including victories over the SEC and Big 12). Solid W-L out of conference.
Nevertheless, what is everyone worried about? A trip to the BCS, besides the cash, is basically worthless. Unless you are in the title game, it's a glorified exhibition, played one month after the last game.

It's no wonder that Brian Kelly, whose team was 12-0 last season, left before the BCS game. If his team was headed to the playoffs, he would've waited and the team wouldn't have unraveled like they did. That scenario has happened a few teams in recent years. It just shows what a pathetic sham the whole deal is.

Plus, the current system doesn't allow a young team to develop chemistry. I'd wager that 50% of the time, you'd have a different national champ than the BCS champion if there was a playoff system.

The Big East will be fine in the coming years as several programs have great coaches and are on the rise. The Big East is certainly worthy of inclusion in this bogus system.

I'm all for more inclusion, including some of the best MWC or WAC teams. But I've grown tired of such comments which aren't really based on facts. Just hype and one bad season. I think UConn will give OU a better game than most people think (great line, great running back, good special teams and defense). Hell Cincy should've beat OU this year, but gave it away and still lost by only 2.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:20 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

It seems that if there is an undefeated team, any team, they get a BCS bid.  TCU got one.  Utah, Boise both have.  So what is the big deal?  Is it the fact that they want the BCS championship.  Well, take a bowl, win, and do it many more times. Eventually, they cannot refuse you.  A for TCU, Get lost.  BYU, same to you.  I hold nothing against Utah. 

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:44 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

TCU to the Big East makes no sense, I agree.  Miami won several National Championships while in the BE, and they couldn't make it financially having to send thier girls track team, or boys golf team to Syracuse on a Tuesday night.  And Miami is closer to the BE schools then TCU.  Also, TCU's basketball team is horrid.  They will be killed in the BE.  UCF is wining in both BB and FB now, and timing is everything, but I don't think the BE will invite them.  They want Villanova and thier 7,000 seat stadium.  Heck, 7,000 fans is more then USF gets to a game and they play in a 60,000 seat stadium.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:50 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

The ideal scenario would be to combine the Mountain West and Big East conferences into a single automatic BCS bid.
Under this setup, the conference champion with the higher BCS rating would get the automatic bid.

This would serve to avoid a repeat of this year's embarrassment in the Big East.
In fact, this same situation took place after the 2004 regular season when Utah destroyed Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl.

The bowl performances of the Mountain West in recent years have elevated it past the Big East in the minds of most college football fans. In fact, the Mountain West has had the best won-loss record among all conferences in bowl games twice over the last five years.

Although the Big East has the advantage of having the large media markets within its boundaries, one has to question how much longer the NCAA power brokers can justify why this conference can continue to command an automatic spot in one of the BCS bowl games, while
other conferences are relegated to trying to slip into a BCS bowl game through the back door.

The obvious hope of Big East loyalists is that TCU will be the program that elevates the level of football played in the conference, but I have to wonder how much sense this move makes for the Horned Frogs from a logistics standpoint.

No matter what teams make up its membership in the near future, the bottom line is that the Big East is not very good right now and needs to drastically improve its quality of football.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:37 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

You see you used the word logical.  The BCS is anything but.  There's too much money at stake that gets generated from the big programs.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:04 pm

MWC, C-USA to team up for BCS bid?

Why not have playoffs to determine who plays in all the BCS bowls? Not to detemine a football champion of course, but to detemine who gets to play where and when in the bowl system. Yes, a pre-bowl playoff is the logical thing to do.

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