Why the Mountain West Conference Should Be Taken Seriously

Corey DelgadoContributor IFebruary 3, 2009

When someone talks about college football, six conferences come to mind as the "dangerous" ones—the ACC, Pac-10, SEC, Big East, Big 10, and Big XII have earned the rights to be considered the best in the NCAA.

The last few years have shown that some other conferences have worked their way into the mix.

The Mountain West made a compelling argument that they should not be taken lightly. Utah and Texas Christian were ranked in the final top 10 in the nation this year, and Brigham Young finished at 25. That in itself is a good enough argument in many eyes, but MWC teams also beat 11 teams from major conferences this season, and held tough with a few others.

A look at how MWC teams fared against the BCS conferences:

Pac-10—Arizona was downed by New Mexico 36-28, Washington lost to BYU 28-27, UCLA lost to BYU 59-0, Oregon State falls to Utah 31-28, No. 15 Arizona State was topped by UNLV 23-20, and Stanford was beaten by TCU 31-14.

Big XII—UNLV beat Iowa State 31-34, New Mexico lost in the final minutes to Texas A&M, and TCU held it close until the explosive Oklahoma offense ran away with it 35-10.

SEC—The Wyoming defense led them to victory over Tennessee 13-7.

Big 10—Michigan lost to Utah 25-23.

WAC—TCU finished strong and defeated No. 9 Boise State (The WAC is not a major conference in many eyes, but anyone who watches college football knows Boise State.) 

My final argument that the MWC be taken seriously in college football is this—Utah dominated an Alabama team that was the No. 1 team in the nation for five weeks, they beat an Oregon State team that knocked off No. 1 USC. Also the Utes were the only team that stayed undefeated this season.

Fans all over the U.S. think that Utah deserved the shot at former coach Urban Meyer and his Florida Gators football team for the BCS Championship. Finishing No. 2 in the BCS and No. 4 in the coaches poll did them no justice on how great of a football team the Runnin' Utes were in the 2008-09 season.