Sick of Las Vegas

The Brothers LynnCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2008

I know I am not the only one that is sick of BYU playing in Vegas.  I know that it won’t be official until tomorrow, but we all know what is going to happen. Honestly, I could probably live with it if the Pac-10 could send a decent team, but no, we will either be stuck with a 6-6 Arizona St, or what appears to be the case, a weak Arizona at 7-5.

I realize that the game will sell out thanks to BYU, but don’t they want a compelling game at least? Apparently not, as they have let Cal, the No. 4 Pac-10 team, get away because another bowl wanted a local team. So we get stuck with a crap team instead of a decent matchup.

How can the MWC allow their teams to get screwed out of decent competition? The Bowl is only concerned with money. But, the conference should be concerned with showcasing their teams and playing a team that is barely bowl-eligible, even if they are from a BCS conference, does nothing for gaining credibility.

We had a good year for the most part, and it will likely end with a win over a third Pac-10 team, but what good is it to bust your butts all year to end up with little to no national respect?

If the Mountain West wants to be taken more seriously, it needs to get in some better bowl contracts where the competition will be better, and the teams will have something more to play for. Until that happens, it will continue to be looked down upon, and be forced to play inferior opponents.