In the first part of my FBS Bowl Projection series, I profiled the SEC. But in order to give equal time to the “little guys” of FBS, I will also spotlight a non-BCS conference every day in addition to one of the big boys.
First up in that series will be the conference likely to have the “BCS Buster” this season—the Mountain West.
The MWC isn’t part of the BCS, but they’ve proven in recent years that they belong. TCU, Utah and BYU have all been consistent Top 25 teams in the last few years, and the Utes have won a pair of BCS games this decade—including last season’s triumph over 12-1, third-ranked Alabama in the Sugar.
The MWC normally has five bowl tie-ins; however, with TCU likely to head to the BCS, that opens up a sixth slot.
Unfortunately, there are only five bowl-eligible teams, which means that the conference’s spot in the Humanitarian Bowl—a spot they just took over from the ACC this year—will be forfeited.