Breaking News: Boise State Officially Joins MWC, So Who's Next?

Tyler StimsonCorrespondent IJune 11, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Titus Young #4 of the Boise State Broncos looks on against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Just four days ago, the Mountain West scheduled a press conference to announce that there were not adding Boise State. Today the conference finally decided that, regardless of what schools might become available later, Boise State made too much sense in the Mountain West Conference.

With Boise State now in the fold, the MWC is basically a done deal to become a BCS AQ league.

Boise State will be added to the league schedule starting in the 2011 season.

It seems inevitable however, that the MWC's next targets will be the leftovers of the likely disintegration of the Big 12.

Kansas and Kansas State would add two natural rivals, and two high caliber athletic and academic programs. If they could add those two, the conference would be an outright force in football and basketball.

With the advent of the super conference apparently upon us, the Mountain West may consider going further than 12 teams: potentially inviting Baylor and Houston as well.

If they wanted to go full out super conference (16 teams), they might also invite SMU (or UTEP) and Iowa State.

That would split the conference into two eight team divisions. These two divisions make a ton of sense in keeping traditional rivalries together.

 

Western Division

BYU

Utah

Wyoming

CSU

Air Force

San Diego State

Boise State

UNLV

 

Eastern Division

New Mexico

Kansas

Kansas State

Iowa State

TCU

Houston

Baylor

SMU