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

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  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    May 24, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    I say rather than give the MWC AQ status, just get rid of AQ status period. Here's the new criteria for BCS bowl game: if you're top-10, you go. If you're not, you don't. They take account of SOS in the polls, so why discriminate further? Many teams have suffered at the hands of the automatic qualification bids. Utah was put against a weak Pitt back in 2004. UConn managed to get in this last year when there were dozons of teams more deserving.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 24, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    The more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. If the MWC can convince the BCS they belong, I say welcome. That would give more teams access to the exposure and the money and that is part of what we have been fighting for. It spreads the wealth and that's how it should be.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 23, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    Keep on sinking Mr Thompson.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 23, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    You're all correct about where would Boise State go if it jumped ship. I don't see any BCS conferences taking them, unless some mega-conference realignment happens nationally and some are forced to take lesser schools to get to 16 teams.

    But, I'll bet they don't stay with that limited mtn coverage for long. Even going back to the WAC (maybe with a few other MWC defectors) where they might get ESPN coverage again could be better than where they are now.

    Duckhunter is probably correct that Boise State has peaked.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 23, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Well the mwc could have been better with the addition of Boise and with BYU, TCU and Utah still in it but that isn't what happened. No one can blame utah for going to the pac10, they had to do it when invited. BYU did exactly the right thing as well. TCU didn't want to be left alone and they did something better for themselves as well.

    Boise is a good football program but that is all they are. They aren't any good at anything else and academically they are a bit of a joke. I have my doubts about them ever being able to be any more than they currently are. This is probably the pinnacle for them.

  • hohum Saint George, UT
    May 23, 2011 4:53 p.m.


    Why are so many of the pac 10 teams playing the likes of UNLV CSU etc.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 23, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Magna Ute Fan | 2:06 p.m. May 23, 2011
    Magna, UT

    "Can't wait to see how quickly BSU jumps ship when they become an national afterthought without any decent TV coverage like they were used to."

    Where could they go? Back to the now gutted WAC?

    No disrespect intended, but if the U did not have Urban Meyer, they could be in the PAC-12 right now...

    BSU will find a place to land. The MWC is a joke, and they need to STOP paying Craig Thompson a salary.


    The whole conference elitist attitude needs to be dumped for an equitable solution.

  • ourtime99 Clearfield, UT
    May 23, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    Magna Ute Fan-

    They're already in a conference of left-overs from the MWC and WAC, or will be once Fresno State and Nevada make their way over next year.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    May 23, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    MWC could have been a good conference but nobody was going to sit idle and wait for it to happen. I don't blame TCU, BYU or Utah for leaving. BYU will end up in the Big 12 in the near future. Boise will jump if given the opportunity and Utah did exactly what they had to do. MWC is such a joke.

    Boise, Utah, BYU, TCU, SDSU, UNLV, Nevada, Air Force and Colorado State would have been a decent conference. Oh well. Too little, too late. Hind site is 20/20.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    May 23, 2011 2:06 p.m.


    "Can't wait to see how quickly BSU jumps ship when they become an national afterthought without any decent TV coverage like they were used to."

    Where could they go? Back to the now gutted WAC? THe Big Sky? Independence? I don't see any BCS conference ever taking them. Do they have the leverage/influence to start a new conference from the left-overs of the MWC and the WAC? I don't know. I feel sorry for the Broncos and the Aggies.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 23, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    What am I missing?

    Why is the MWC even being covered under BYU and Utah headlines anymore?

    Nostalgia of a time we cannot wait to forget?

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 23, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    The MWC is dead as far as becoming a BCS conference is concerned. The Big Least helped their cause by picking up TCU. That was probably the last straw in this scenario.

    Losing both Utah and BYU made it almost impossible, but not totally impossible, but losing TCU did the trick.

    Of course, the mtn network will continue to bury that conference. Can't wait to see how quickly BSU jumps ship when they become an national afterthought without any decent TV coverage like they were used to.

    Thank goodness BYU had been doing their homework for several years so that the move to Independence worked out.

    I'd prefer BYU stay that way no matter which BCS conference comes calling. At least for another 4-5 years, because the landscape might change a lot in a several more years than it will in the next two.

    Conference realignments aren't settled yet.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 23, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Even if Boise had joined, Utah/BYU/TCU had stayed, the MWC was not getting AQ status anytime soon. Fact is the bottom of the conference is just too awful. Having a top heavy conference doesn't get you AQ status. The New Mexico's, UNLV's and Colorado State's were doing more harm than the TCU's and Utah's were doing good.

    Boise will ride the ship down with the rest of the MWC. They'll continue to dominate a pathetic football conference, just like they did in the WAC.

    I'm unbelievably happy with what Utah got in this deal, and would never give it back, but wouldn't it have been nice to see Boise have to travel to TCU and Utah in the same season. Or TCU and BYU. Or BYU and Utah. Then play the 3rd team at home. The days of undefeated seasons would have been over.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    May 23, 2011 12:20 p.m.


    don't forget they traded being ESPN's favorite underdog for exclusive broadcasting on the mtn. and it's high-profile group of networks. And no, I don't feel bad for them.

  • Broom Hockey Champ Alpine, UT
    May 23, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Boise State was hoping that BYU, TCU, and tun would stay in the conference. If all had stayed I think the MWC might have gotten into the BCS while the getting was good. However, since the 3 biggest dogs left, BSU is pratically in the same situation they left, but has to change all of their travel plans, etc.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    May 23, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    You're kidding us, right? In losing BYU & Utah (and TCU, the strongest team in the conf, next year), the MWC's chance of becoming BCS-eligible is ..... um slim and none? With the way Thompson has run this conference into the ground in so many ways, I applaud BYU, Utah and TCU for leaving for greener pastures. Boise State, what were you thinking?