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Boise State to the Mountain West

Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:23 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 1:57 pm

It's a few days late but Boise State will become the 10th member of the Mountain West Conference.

WAC commissioner Karl Benson told Friday morning that the deal had been consumated. The Mountain West announced the deal a few minutes later. 

Mountain West presidents reportedly were ready to invite Boise at their league meetings on Monday until the possibility of grabbing Colorado became an option. When CU announced it was headed to the Pac-10 on Thursday that opened up the spot for Boise.

The Broncos bring a 26-1 record the past two seasons that will count toward the MWC's fight to become a BCS league. There are two more seasons to run on a four-year evaluation period. All conferences will be evaluated on average finish in the BCS and conference strength among other factors. The MWC believes it is close to what would be temporary BCS automatic qualifier status in 2012 and 2013.

The MWC might not be done. Depending on how expansion shakes out, the league could be interested in taking in Big 12 castoffs that don't make the cut in the Pac-10 or Big Ten. That's good news for the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor and Missouri.


Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 4:32 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

I would love to see the MWC go to 14 teams with east/west divisions. It could ptentially look like the following

Kansas State
Air Force
New Mexico

I can see why the MWC would wait to see what CU did. While not currently doing as well as BSU in football, they would have represented a huge upgrade in the conference's Denver fanbase and Denver is a much bigger market than Bosie. However, now that the conference has made a move, I hope they keep on looking to expand.

That being said, please, please, please do not add schools that will do nothing for the conference's athletic profile (ie Fresno State, Nevada, Utah State, Idaho, etc).

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:52 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

I just don't see how adding Boise right now helps.  Was this an attempt at stealing headlines?  Nobody out there cares.  Are they planning on picking up K-State and Kansas and going 12?  or add all 4 left overs and go to 14?  Too many questions left.  Too much left to be decided.  I'm suspicious that Nebraska still stays and the Big XII survives, not likely, but possible. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:49 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

Prudent move by Mountain West: you do not want to lose our big teams to the Big 12 if they rebuild.. you can still add some nice leftover Big 12 teams and really power p the confeence possibly if that league splits apart.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:44 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

Great move that makes sense for all parties. Each party strengthens the other, not to mention this might be the move that keeps Chris Petersen in Boise for a while longer.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:43 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

Baylor will probably be the next to join the Mountain West, which will strengthen the conference's basketball pedigree as well. The bloodshed continues...

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:22 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

16 team mega-conferences will probably not work for long.  They do not support long established rivalries which is what drives college athletics.  The old WAC did not last long with 16 teams.  AFA, CSU, Wyo, BYU, and Utah missed the rivalry, left WAC to establish MWC along with UNLV, UNM, and SDSU, then added TCU.  Money is only thing that can keep a mega conference going, and college atheletics will never be the same with schools chasing the dollar.

How are the tv deals going to be funded? A media timeout after every play? GAK!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:20 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

If the Pac 10 and Big Ten go to 16 teams, the Big East and Big 12 will both disappear.  Adding 2-4 teams from the Big 12 strengthens the MWC's case even more, since it shores up the middle of the conference.  So even if the Big Ten and Pac 10 get TWO BCS bids, the MWC could receive an auto-bid, as it would have become the 5th best conference (or 4th best depending on what ACC/Big East combo comes about).  The MWC was close to earning the 7th auto-bid at this point, I don't see why, after improving substantially, they wouldn't be able to get it in the future.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:09 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

If the Big 12 does try to stay together, I wonder if they make a play for Utah and TCU?

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:09 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

When all of the dominos are done falling, I think the MWC gets a BCS bid for three reasons.

First, it is a consolation prize tossed to the Big 12 leftovers.

Second, it would be seen as a way to keep politicians from interfering in this fiasco.

Third, with the destruction of the Big 12 and likely demise of the Big East as a football conference, you'd be able to add the MWC and still give two bids to the Mega Pac-10, Mega Big Ten and Mega SEC (heck, unless Notre Dame both remains independent and becomes good again, you could give two bids to every conference).

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:55 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

The NCAA has nothing to do with the bowl games or the BCS.  Other than banning a school from post-season games, they have no control over either.

Current rules dictate that a conference cannot have more than two teams participate in the BCS Bowls.  That will likely have to change if the MWC does not become an auto-qualify conference.  Heck, they may increase that number if the Pac-11 adds five more schools.  I haven't thought it through all the way, but could it be possible for three Pac-16 teams to wind up with one loss between them going into the CCG?  Two opposite-division teams go undefeated and a third (or fouth even) survives it with only one loss (to the division winner).  Think the BCS would bend the rule if that ever happened?

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