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BCS Little Guys, Don't Wait, Make a Move to Solidify Your Future Now

For weeks now, we've heard the rumors: Big Ten expansion, Pac-10 expansion, where will these teams go? Where's the next domino going to fall?

Maybe it will be Utah to the Pac-10, or BYU? How about TCU to the Big 12? Or Memphis to the Big East.

How about the little guys of the Football Bowl Division get together to solidify their position for once?

That's new!

What I've never understood is why the BCS leagues are given free reign to pick and choose who is of value to their conference. What's the point of joining a league when you're considered a second class citizen?

With the changing landscape of college football, it's time to talk expansion with the non-BCS teams. I like to call it "addition by subtraction".

The ultimate goal for this movement is to create a league that is strong enough to have a BCS-worthy champion, no matter their record; you know, like Pittsburgh in 2004. Well let's shoot for something better than that.

The league with the strongest force of the non-BCS leagues has to be the Mountain West, so we must start with them to base our league around. To make these decisions, we will look at football, followed by men's basketball, for the overall impact of joining the conference.

Current Mountain West teams:

  • TCU
  • BYU
  • Utah
  • Air Force
  • Wyoming
  • UNLV
  • San Diego State
  • New Mexico
  • Colorado State

Current WAC teams

  • Boise State
  • Nevada
  • Fresno State
  • Idaho
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana Tech
  • Utah State
  • New Mexico State
  • San Jose State

Now with this geographic footprint in place, Conference USA inclusion is possible, but this will be exclusive of Texas and west of that area.

  • Houston
  • Rice
  • Tulsa
  • SMU
  • UTEP

Now when looking for a balanced league I started with teams who can create rivalries and expand the recruiting landscape for the conference. With that in mind, the league is going to need teams in Texas and California.

Enter: TCU, Houston, and Fresno State. These teams allow for solid football, all three bowl teams this year, as well as the recruiting areas.

The next issue we must tackle, pun intended, is the rivalries that make every game matter. In-state rivalries allow for a packed house without a need to over sell the game.

Enter: UNLV, Nevada, Utah and BYU. Nevada Las Vegas and Nevada Reno are natural rivals, and we all know about the Holy War that is Utah and BYU.

Once we have established the in-state rivalries, we need to establish teams who stay within our geographic footprint; who are solid contributors in football and basketball. We need both national stages to stand out.

Enter: New Mexico, and San Diego State. While these teams haven't lit it up recently on the gridiron, they are playing solid basketball. We can't create an SEC type league where we forget about March Madness entirely. The addition of SDSU allows for a natural Fresno State SDSU game as well.

To make sure that teams who have been solid contributors aren't left out in the cold, we need to grant entrance into the conference to long-time participants.

Enter: Colorado State and Air Force. This creates another in-state rivalry; it was a tough decision between CSU and Wyoming, but the Rams' overall success in the past got their spot into the conference.

The final peace of the conference puzzle is the inclusion of the team who continues to be looked at as the first into the new Mountain West Conference: Boise State.

Boise State's addition gives the league another powerhouse team whose history has proven worthy of BCS consideration.

The final breakdown of non-BCS expansion:

  • Boise State
  • Colorado State
  • Air Force
  • New Mexico
  • San Diego State
  • Utah
  • BYU
  • UNLV
  • Nevada
  • TCU
  • Houston
  • Fresno State

With this conference in place this year you'd have nine bowl teams, with two BCS qualifying teams. A twelve league team would also create the much-loved conference championship game. One that, when established, leaves the less desirable teams out for the BCS pickings.

If these teams can get together, they can easily weaken the BCS leagues and start to build their own legacy.

 

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