I'm Just Sayin': A Case for the Mountain West in the BCS
With the behemoth of the BCS system controlling the postseason, there is little to no room for change.
As the mid-major conferences usually sit back and look from the outside in, other advocates for change, such as myself, realize that there is little to no hope for a playoff.
The Mountain West has the most room to gripe though. This year they have won the bowl challenge by going 4-1 in their bowls, with their only loss by TCU, who lost to 14-0 Boise State from the Western Athletic Conference.
Despite the disdain of the BCS, this is NOT a bad loss!
The Mountain West is a very good conference, despite not being an AQ conference (Automatic Qualifier into the BCS).
Let's examine this claim, shall we?
1) The Mountain West had three teams finish the season with double-digit wins. They fall into the exclusive club this year where that is the case. The Big Ten had four teams with double-digit wins. Those are the only two conferences in America where that is the case.
2) The Mountain West can play with any conference in the nation. Let's look at last year, where Utah crushed SEC runner-up Alabama. Let's look at this year's rout of Pac-10 runner-up Oregon State at the hands of BYU. Let's also examine TCU beating ACC runner-up Clemson early in the year.
3) If the Mountain West became a BCS conference, they would get better recruits, thus making them more effective as a conference as a whole. The big teams from AQ conferences are already hesitant to schedule these teams pending an upset from a "lesser conference." If these big teams had more incentive to play the MWC, the Mountain West would get better opportunities to play with other conferences.
4) The BCS only has six current AQ teams allowed, with four at-large bids. Almost every year the MWC gets one of these bids, so why wouldn't the BCS just allow the winner of an already powerful conference to get in without the hassle of arguing if they are better than the runner-up in the Big 12 or the Big Ten?
As proven in the past, non-AQ teams from non-AQ conferences can play with the big boys. The WAC is a top-heavy conference with Boise State being the standout. The MWC has three very good standouts, which is about the case with the Pac-10, ACC, Big East, and Big 12.
All in all, the MWC has proven that they should be an automatic BCS entry. Sooner or later the BCS will have to either give in to a playoff system or allow these teams a chance to prove themselves on a large scale.
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