The Mountain West has seen its best season since its inception in 1999. Out of the nine current teams, five finished with a winning record. The Mountain West Conference had the highest Bowl Win Percentage of all conferences this season, leading the nation with an .800 winning percentage. Only one team from the MWC lost a bowl game this season.
Since 1999, the Mountain West Conference has earned 46 bowl bids. Of those 46 bowl bids, the MWC collectively hold a 29-17 record. That holds their all time bowl win percentage at .630.
A total of five teams received bowl eligibility, and TCU played in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. The Horned Frogs defeated the Badgers 21-19. The Aztecs played their bowl game in their home stadium. Qualcomm was host to the Aztecs and Midshipmen in a flooded San Diego. San Diego State downed Navy in the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl, 35-14.
Air Force battled against Georgia Tech in a defensive football game. The Falcons went on to achieve victory at the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl,14-7. BYU stormed into the New Mexico Bowl and took down UTEP in a blowout, 52-24. And finally, Utah entered Las Vegas with its eighth straight bowl appearance. Their opponent was the once BCS bound Boise State. Boise State would be victorious, defeating Utah 26-3.
After great success this year, the MWC will try to achieve even more in 2011. Next year, the Mountain West will lose a few, and welcome in a new face. Here is the 2010 recap, and predictions and expectations for the following year.