Conference Realignment Reaction: Boise State To the Mountain West

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IJune 11, 2010

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3: Quarterback Kellen Moore #6 of the Boise State Broncos barks out signals as center Thomas Byrd #66 of the Boise State Broncos waits to snap the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Bronco Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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This was a rumor that was bound to become fact sooner or later, but according to ESPN's Joe Schad , the rumor has become fact.

Boise State University will become the first defector from the Western Athletic Conference. They will head to the Mountain West to become the 10th team in that conference.

This is a great move for Boise State, their future and college football. They were dominating a weak conference and it hurt their ability to play in a BCS Bowl.

Now, joining the likes of TCU, Utah, and BYU, Boise State will be handed more of a challenge. More importantly, they will be able to land more revenue for their athletic program and assist in recruiting. Though Boise State won't officially begin play in the conference until 2012, it is a very promising and bright future for the university.

This comes on the heals of Colorado announcing their intentions of moving from the Big 12 to the Pac-10.

This can not be the only move the Mountain West is going to make in the coming days or weeks for the conference. They have to know that the Big 12 is going to be in shambles as soon as Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M bolt for greener pastures.

That being said, the Mountain West can take what's left of the Big 12 conference, effectively ending it for good and allowing the current Big Ten to become the new Big 12.

The teams that would be left are Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, and Iowa State.

With Boise State bringing the conference total to 10 teams, why not add the remaining five aforementioned teams, plus one other? Bring the total to 16 teams and split the conference into two eight-team divisions.

This would give the Mountain West a solid argument for a BCS birth. The new look conference looks a lot better than the Big East, which currently holds a BCS birth.

New look Mountain West: TCU, Utah, BYU, Air Force, Boise State, Wyoming, UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor, Missouri

That's not a conference people can scoff at. They can no longer bash Boise State for playing a cupcake conference schedule. While the football program will most likely continue to schedule a tough out of conference schedule, running the table in the conference will mean more than it ever has.

For the Mountain West as a whole, this is just the beginning of what's sure to be a busy few weeks for them.

Though they made a great move by adding Boise State, there are some that are wondering what the future of BYU, Utah, and TCU are in that conference. Are they going to remain loyal to the Mountain West? If the Pac-10 or SEC come calling, will they take the money and run?

What started as smoldering brush has turned in to a blazing wild fire of activity in college football.

There's no doubt that the Big Ten and Pac-10 are not done with their moves. The SEC has been in talks with Texas A&M, as well as Oklahoma, about jumping to their conference and you have to believe that the ACC, Conference USA, and the WAC have to be wondering what they're going to do.

It's been a busy off season so far and we're a long ways from seeing the end of this.