This bowl season shows yet another reason that the Mountain West deserves an automatic bid for the BCS. Since 2004 the Mountain West is responsible for 3 BCS bids, 2 by Utah and 1 by TCU, and 2 victories with the third game still to be played. So far in this bowl season the Mountain West is 3-0 with BYU routing Oregon State, a BCS conference team, Utah beating Cal, another BCS conference team, and Wyoming beating Fresno State.
The criteria for getting a BCS bid is based on three things: 1. The final BCS ranking of the conferences highest ranked team; 2. The number of teams that the conference has in the final BCS standings; 3. The final regular-season rankings of of every team in the conference by the six BCS computers. The 08-09 average of the highest ranked team in the final BCS for the MWC was 5 which is the third best in the nation behind the SEC and Big 12. The 08-09 average for the number of teams in the final BCS top 25 for the MWC is 3 which is better than the Big East and equal to the ACC. The conferences average computer rankings as of 2008-2009 59.9 which is not great but isn't far behind the six automatic qualifying conferences.
If Air Force can win their bowl against Houston and TCU can win their bowl game against Boise State it will give the MWC an undefeated bowl season and give the conference a perfect record in BCS bowls (3-0), which could cement the MWC's argument for a BCS bid.