So Utah is now a part of the "PAC 12" (please, for the love of God, drop the dash now).
With the additions of Colorado and Utah, the future looks pretty good for the Pac. But amidst all the hoopla, some people are forgetting the little guy–the MWC and WAC conferences.
The MWC gained Boise State and lost Utah. The WAC lost their premier team in Boise State.
What will now become of the two conferences? I have an idea that may seem a little unrealistic, but bear with me. I promise it makes sense.
The Mountain West stated that their goal is still to receive a BCS automatic bid. Yeah...and my goal is to marry Megan Fox. We can all dream, but as long as the Mountain West has only nine teams, it'll never happen.
The Mountain West now has a few legit football teams: Boise State, TCU and BYU. Wyoming made a bowl game, sure, but they obviously couldn't compete with any serious BCS teams. Colorado State, New Mexico, and SDSU football are all pretty much a joke. Air Force and UNLV aren't much better, but as far as non-BCS conferences go, they do all right.
There's still work to be done. More expansion? The Mountain West said they're done with that for now. But do we really believe that? If they ever expect to receive a BCS bid, they should reconsider that notion.
I suggest raiding the WAC again. Boise State was an excellent start, but now they should go after Nevada and New Mexico State. That would provide some good in-conference rivalries between UNLV and Nevada, and of course, New Mexico and New Mexico State.
Not only would this give them another legit team in Nevada, but it would increase school income, provide greater prestige, and give them a boost in other sports like basketball, rifle, and softball.
As far as New Mexico State, they would boost the Mountain West's academic ratings.
Then, however, the WAC is left with only two options: dissolve or rebuild. Six teams just won't do.
Dissolving would be the easy way out, letting Hawaii, Fresno State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State, and Utah State find new homes or go independent. Frankly, Hawaii, SJSU, and USU aren't much more than FCS quality anyway, and could go back there.
Louisiana Tech could easily find a spot in the Sun Belt. Fresno State and Idaho could either try to get into the Mountain West, or go independent for a while.
However, the WAC could attempt to rebuild by raiding the Sun Belt and FCS conferences. Montana, PSU, and Weber State are the most likely based on location, academics, and athletics.
While it may not be the best move, Montana State may also be an option as a package deal with Montana.
From other conferences, you have North Texas, who has a history with Louisiana Tech. And as long as we're in Texas, there are the options of UTEP, Houston, and SMU.
If the Mountain West makes a move to get 12 teams and leaves the WAC with only six, I see the new WAC conference looking like this:
Hawaii, Fresno State, Idaho, San Jose State, Utah State, Louisiana Tech, Montana, Portland State, Weber State, and North Texas.
This puts the WAC back up to 10 teams, with only North Texas and Louisiana Tech on the "outskirts" geographically.
It's a long shot, but in actuality there's a good possibility this happens. Even if the Mountain West stays at nine, the WAC still needs to expand. Adding some FCS schools would do them some good.