In 2009, the Mountain West produced three teams that finished ranked in the final BCS poll.
TCU, the conference champion, ended it's thrilling run with the big boys a No. 4 in the country. Followed by BYU at No. 14 and Utah at No. 23, the Mountain West made it's case as to why they should no longer be aligned with the smaller names of college football.
Instead, they made a case that they belong among the Big Six. In fact, it may very well have been the Mountain West that have stirred the talks of the rumored "Super-conferences" across college football.
With a stacked TCU team back in 2010, along with another top-25 team in Utah, the Mountain West should be just as strong this year. Throw in a very talented and young BYU team, and this conference poses a threat to any Big-Six team in the country.
So how competitive is the Mountain West really? It's always been difficult to compare these Big-Six programs to a non-BCS program, but let's take a stab at it.
Here are 10 BCS programs that would find themselves without hardware in the Mountain West conference.