Podcast of the Week: Conference Expansion from the View of the Mountain West

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterJune 1, 2012

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 12: Matt Miller #2 of the Boise State Broncos fails to come up with the ball against Jason Verrett #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Bronco Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  Verrett was called for holding. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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Expansion has been one of the hottest topics during the college football offseason, and today we've decided to go off the beaten path to bring the view on expansion from the "eye of the little guy."

"Little guy" is a relative term; the Mountain West Conference has its fair share of undefeated seasons, big bowl wins and quality teams. Well, to be fair, "had" might be the best word to use in this situation. The league has lost the two BCS bowl wins of Utah, the two BCS bowl births of TCU and the promise of the Boise State Broncos program in a relatively short period of time.

Today we kick out the inaugural The Upset podcast from the fine folks over at The Upset Blog. Zach Bloxham and Brett Hein are two guys who have covered Pac-12, WAC, Big Sky, WCC, and the aforementioned MWC with a tremendous fervor.

Unlike folks in the SEC and Big 12 who have watched their leagues grow to force the issue, the WAC and MWC have seen teams leave and fight to cobble together a league in a fight for survival. The opposite side of the conference expansion ordeal, if you will.

Here at Your Best 11 we try to give you a well rounded view of the college football world and that is where Bloxham and Hein come into play. After they bid farewell to the newly expired The mtn. network, they look at the expansion and how it has decimated both the WAC and the MWC.

Then they look at the remaining programs and what happens next. The pair debate the eternal question of how important being an FBS school is; would a team like Idaho be better served playing FCS football instead of chasing the impossible unicorn of sustaining FBS success.

It's a great listen and will definitely make you look at things from a different angle. To listen to the show just click here and check out the two part episode. If you want to download the show to enjoy later in your day, click here and you can save the podcast for a more convenient time.

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