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What MWC has to do to become BCS league

Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:12 am

The near-term BCS fortunes of the once-again fractured Mountain West is now in the hands of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee.

The league’s board of directors on Monday approved the filing for an exemption for BCS status in 2012 and 2013. The move was expected and if approved, would result in the Mountain West gaining automatic BCS qualification status on a temporary basis in those two years.

The rule creating the possibility a seventh automatic qualifier was adopted in 2004, the year access was expanded to non-automatic qualifying conferences. Because it has achieved only a portion of the benchmarks for automatic qualification, the MWC is asking for an exemption.

Over the course of a four-year evaluation period that ended this season (2008-2011), the league finished in the top five of the 11 FBS leagues in average BCS ranking of its highest ranked team. The MWC finished in the top seven in average conference rank. It finished in the top 33 percent of average number of teams ranked in the final BCS standings.

For automatic qualification the MWC would have had to finish in the top six in the first two categories and top 50 percent in the third.

The exemption would have to be approved by nine of the 12 members of the oversight committee. That committee is made up of CEOs from the 11 current FBS conferences and Notre Dame. BCS executive director Bill Hancock would not speculate on which way the vote would go. He did add that the vote should come in the near future.

The league will rely heavily on the accomplishments of two schools leaving the league. Boise State is headed for the Big East in 2013 while TCU is going to the Big 12 next season. The league will be evaluated on based on the conference’s membership today. That means the MWC would get full credit for Boise’s accomplishments from 2008-2010 in the WAC. That includes a Fiesta Bowl win in 2010 as well as a 49-3 record the last four seasons.

TCU has competed in the MWC for the last four years going to two BCS bowls.

A seventh automatic qualifier for those two seasons would most likely mean the loss of an at-large berth that goes to one of the power conferences. For the fourth time in the last six years, there were eight automatic qualifiers for the 10 available spots. This season: The SEC finishing 1-2 in the BCS means both LSU and Alabama were automatic. Stanford was automatic because it didn’t win its conference but finished in the top four. The at-large teams were Michigan (Sugar) and Virginia Tech (Sugar).

There was an automatic qualifier from the non-AQ conferences each year from 2007-2010. Three of those were from the MWC – Utah in 2008 and TCU and 2009-2010.

There is additional hope for the MWC this time because of a waiver given to the Big East for automatic-qualifying status prior to the 2008 season. That waiver was approved by an 8-0 vote of the six power conferences (SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10, Big Ten) and Notre Dame as well as one combined vote given to the five non-AQ leagues (MAC, WAC, Sun Belt, Conference USA, MWC). This time around all 11 FBS leagues plus Notre Dame have a vote for a total of 12.

Mountain West membership for 2012:

Air Force

Boise State

Colorado State

New Mexico

San Diego State



Fresno State




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:29 am

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

The whole system stinks.   First the Mountain West has been better than the Big East for several years.   However because of the Automatic Qualifiers the best teams from the Mountain West have defected to the leagues with the automatic qualifier, Utah to the PAC12, TCU to Big East, whoops Big 12, Boise ST to Big East and BYU is independant and probably talking on the phone about joining a league.   

The joke is after the two teams that play in the "BCS Championship" game the other teams in the series are really no different than the other bowls, except the for the extra 10M to 15M payout.    
So please dump the BCS the conference moves it caused and give us a playoff.    8 teams with no AQ or 16 teams with 11 AQ Conference Champs. 

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:51 am

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

The problem that the MWC and the WAC have run into is the ignorance of the BCS bowl committee. It seems that while the BCS has representatives from the big accomplished conferences, they try to keep anyone else out. They do raise a valid point that the teams that make these conferences up are full of teams that are the lowly sister schools you see early in the season when big schools beat up on them--tune-up teams. While I think that it is a good move by the Mountain West to try, they're going to be denied the exemption not just because of this ignorance, but because the two teams they are using to build their case are bailing on them. TCU and BSU will both be gone by 2013.
TheCrow, while I am a fan of a playoff system it will not happen anytime soon. There is the Plus 1 concept, which is a step in the right direction by putting the top four teams into a small playoff. Even though important names in college football are supporting Plus 1 the BCS will be slow to accept even that. Many teams will not support a playoff system, mainly because players are concerned about injury and adding games will just increase their risk. My answer to that is this: shorten the season. God forbid they should spare the tune-up schools the suffering of annihilation, and steal victories they will not get in conference play.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:09 am

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:54 am

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

Amazing how the 1999 WAC looks very similiar to the 2012 MWC. All that's changed is the name of the conference.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:39 am

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

At least you can ask for it. But crying out seldom gets own way...

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:48 pm
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Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:41 pm

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

All I can say relating to this report is San Diego State and Boise State definitely need to be participating in the Mountain West Conference, if this status is approved.  SDSU and Boise ST. and their fans are not situated for BIG EAST competition.  Their recent move to the BIG EAST helps the BE more than it helps their schools.  The BIG EAST should have added ECU, Temple, Memphis, S. Miss, or NAVY. But these 5 schools were too simple an idea for the Big East's powers that be, to understand would be better for the BE's future.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:36 pm

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

they have to beg.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:06 pm

What MWC has to do to become BCS league

Yeah, this isn't going to happen.

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