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11 Jun 2010

Boise State To Join The Mountain West

For what may turn out to be only a very brief moment in history, the Mountain West conference now has ten members. Boise State will leave the WAC to join TCU, Utah, BYU, and others in a conference that now boasts four BCS bowl victories in the last six years -- as many as the ACC (one) and Big East (three) combined over the same span. The Broncos ranked first in the nation over the last ten years in winning percentage, home winning percentage, and scoring, and will help boost the profile of the league in its pursuit of BCS automatic qualifying status. Without Boise, the WAC leftovers make a very strong argument for the worst conference in college football.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 11 Jun 2010

7 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2010, 4:20am by *Legion*


by TomKelso :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 3:13pm

Although it would probably give them their long-sought BCS berth to take in the remains of the Big 12, these schools formed the MWC originally to get out of the gigantic 16-team WAC. Wonder how willing they are to go mega again?

And, is Bill Self tearing his hair out at the thought of February road trips to Boise?

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:02pm

I just heard the CNBC reporter who works the sports beat, and he was expressing the same doubts I have had about some of thess expansion proposals, except that he has actually done some research. His take was that the underlying assumption in a lot of these proposals, that there is a direct, proportional, relationship between teams added to form mega-conferences, and an increase in television revenues, is false. Throw in possibly significantly greater travel costs, not just in money, but also time, and many schools would end up being significantly worse off in some of these mega-conference proposals.

I get the feeling that, yet once again, the university presidents who run college football don't know what the hell they are doing.

by Travis :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:12pm

The expense of travel to Hawaii was a big part of the original MWC/WAC split. The current members are probably comfortable with expanding the conference to at least 12 continental teams.

The new MWC also has as many BCS bowl victories in the last six years as the new Big Ten Plus Two (4 wins, 7 losses) and the Pac-10 Plus Colorado (4 wins, all by USC, one of which might be vacated) do.

by Dean :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:12pm

Is the leftover WAC really worse than the Sun Belt?

by Brian Fremeau :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:15pm

Each is now in prime position to be the official whipping boy conference of the soon to be mega Big Ten (MAC), Pac 10 (WAC) and SEC (Sun Belt). Take your pick, they're all bad.

by Still Alive (not verified) :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 4:45pm

Say it with me, relegation!

Two separate leagues of 60 teams make a lot more sense for CFB than one of 120.

4 of 30 would be awesome.

by *Legion* (not verified) :: Sun, 06/13/2010 - 4:20am

>> Without Boise, the WAC leftovers make a very strong argument for the worst conference in college football.

Only if you forget the Sun Belt Conference exists. Fresno State alone accounts for almost as many bowl games in the last decade as the whole Sun Belt Conference. Nevada and Hawaii help too.