Red roundup: Does the Mountain West Conference have shot at the BCS?

Published: Monday, May 23 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

FILE- In this Nov. 14, 2009, file phot, TCU head coach Gary Patterson, left, greets Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, right, after TCU beat Utah 55-28 in an NCAA college football game in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs and Utes have built quite a rivalry in a short time in the Mountain West. Both are undefeated and in BCS contention again, but are now meet as conference foes for the last time.

Tom Pennington, File, Associated Press

Does a diluted Mountain West Conference, void of Utah and BYU, still have a chance of earning automatic qualifying status in the BCS? CBSSports.com examines the question. To offset the loss of the Utes (Pac-12) and Cougars (independence), the MWC added Boise State this season. However, the league will lose TCU (Big East) next year.

— According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, former Ute J.J. O'Brien is weighing offers from UNLV and San Diego State.

— New Colorado football coach Jon Embree talks about his first Pac-12 meetings. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is mentioned.

— The San Jose Mercury News takes another look at Pac-12 football and predicts the Utes can finish as high as second or as low as fifth in the Southern Division.

— And finally, ESPN.com's "Hope and Concern" series profiled the Utes last week.

Red roundup is a sampling of Utah Utes news on the Web. It is compiled each weekday.

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