Mountain West Looking Ahead Update

David HedlindAnalyst IIJune 4, 2010

WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 3:  Wide receiver Quentily Harmon #18 of the TCU Horned Frogs carries the ball during the game against the Baylor Bears on September 3, 2006 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. TCU defeated Baylor 17-7.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

In light of the newest rumor of the Pac-10 potentially making some invites to half of the Big XII schools and staying with the rumors of the Big 10 eyeballing Nebraska and Missouri, I feel I must make an addendum to the Mountain West entry from a week ago.

Perhaps Utah wasn’t as sure a thing as I, and many, thought for a Pac-10 invite.

A bigger move however could lay right in front of them them.

Invite not only Boise State but also reach out to those abandoned Big XII schools. Add those four schools to the conference and it may not add a whole lot of clout on the football field, the impact of basketball would be huge.

This would put the conference at 14 so if trying to keep pace perhaps add Nevada, and Houston also.

In my opinion, I would also drop New Mexico and invite Fresno State. The potential divisions could be either a North-South or and East-West.


Air Force, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Iowa State, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming


Baylor, Fresno State, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV



Air Force, Baylor, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU


Boise State, BYU, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah, Wyoming

Either way, I don’t think there is a serious advantage to any of the divisions.I think with this line up, they could even push at earning an automatic bid.