Mountain West Conference: SDSU likely will stay, creating an even more competitive conference for Aggies

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  • TallNSkinny43 Germantown, MD
    Jan. 18, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    For those who say that "this year" the MWC had three ranked teams. I'm happy that USU is going to the MWC, next year will be incredible, but "this year" the MWC had 1 top 25 and the WAC was the best non-AQ conference.

  • SameJersey Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    @Chris B

    Actually, Chris, the new MWC had just as many football teams as the PAC this year in the top 25. Also, don't even get me started on BB. Comparing the second or third best conference in BB in the nation to the dismally disappointing PAC teams is laughable.

    The MWC is becoming a new powerconference in its own right -- you can beat the money will follow.


  • SameJersey Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    The Mountain West Conference?

    In football, the MWC ended with 3 ranked teams this year (USU, BSU, and SJSU). Also note that BYU was close to being ranked after their last win over SDSU and SDSU and Fresno was also "almost ranked."

    In contrast, the PAC also had three wop 25 teams, with Stanford and Oregon in the top 10.

    In basketball, the MWC is already better than 3 of the five "power conferences." This, of course, is BEFORE the addition of the currently one loss USU Aggies.

    In short: The MWC is a new powerconference...both in football and basketball. I give it until the end of the summer before it is announced that the MWC has AQ bid status to the new BCS playoff.

    In short, BYU would be beyond foolish to fail to rejoin at this time.

  • cowboy51 Laporte, CO
    Jan. 10, 2013 9:05 p.m.

    This article is about Utah state, not the others.

  • ogmson Mapleton, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    Sure do hope the Bronco's and administration get that revenue deal inked before inking the Contract to stay in the MWC.

    Since Craig Thompson is a liar, as evidenced by his refusal to keep his TV Rights/Revenue promises to BYU, BSU needs to stay on top of the contract paperwork or walk away.

    If BSU signs the deal to rejoin first, Thompson will NOT sign the Bronco Stadium Revenue contract, and BSU will be looking for another Conference in a couple of years.

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Jan. 10, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    It's a sad day in Cougar land when the conference we helped create will not even take us back.
    We did not even end the season in the Top 25. We are better off with Idaho & New Mexico State. At least we can pretend to be in a conference with them as independents.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    AZ Guy, you need to understand that Ernest is not a BYU fan. He's a cousin to Chrissy via Vernal heritage.

    "Boise State adds value," USU Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said, according to the Herald Journal. "We’re in a position of strength and we’ve just added another school that brings more value to what we’re doing and it’s a great fit for Utah State in terms of geography."

    “We’re thrilled," Barnes said. "It obviously adds value to an already strong conference and takes us a step closer, I believe, to being the best non-BCS conference in America.”

    Not even in the conference yet and Barnes is talking like he's the spokesperson for it. Someone needs to tell Barnes that the MWC has always been the best non-BCS conference in America. Putting such quotes in this article was not a smart journalistic move. Somebody's editor needs to keep a closer watch on things here.

    By-the-way Chris, since you are not a member of any team, you will never know what it is like to be one of the big boys.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 10, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    A couple of comments, first the PAC 10 was ranked #3 per RPI, Sagarin, and ESPN: 1) SEC, 2) Big 12, 3) PAC 12, 4) Big 10. If that's not a strong conference; I don't know what is. Secondly, Thanks AZguy and CBPapa. It's nice to have civil dialogue for a change. It seems like so many on these threads are here to pick a fight, be critical of others, or blast there rival out of spite. Lighten up folks and enjoy this forum.

    Have a good afternoon everyone!

  • whowhatwhy Providence, 00
    Jan. 10, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Shorts I completely agree with you. I thought Arizona was ranked for a bit and 1 other team. Either way. I think the MTN West should take the Big East auto bid. If that is even happening anymore with the playoffs. I follow College ball but that one got away form me. I think it's funny they are only taking the top 4 when they could easily have a 16 team play off! They didn't play the NC for 6 weeks. There will still be arguments. I was just stating I thought it was funny someone said the PAC was one of the weakest.......such a dumb comment.....

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    Providence, 00

    Ranked teams this year just in FB-USC, Oregon, Oregon St.,UCLA, Stanford....just to name a few!!!!

    Just to name a few?? You named them all. And only Oregon, Stanford and Oregon St are still ranked. The MWC had 3 ranked team as well. Boise State, SJSU, and USU. Just saying.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 10, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    I don't necessarily agree with Ernest. BYU's independence is giving what it was designed to give - exposure and control. BSU now has the benefit of exposure and at least a pathway to a regular BSC like bowl as a part of the 'best-of-the-rest' conferences.

    BYU has the exposure and control they wanted, which I applaud them for, but the only certain pathway to a BCS (big bowl, whatever it will be named) is to be in the top four; meaning an undefeated season. BSU can lose a game, win a conference championship and still be the 'best-of-the-rest.'

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 10, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    As a Coug fan, I have to say that Spokane Ute hit it on the head. BYU has to be undefeated to go to a BCS bowl (or whatever they will call it next year). I don't even think a one loss season would get BYU into a big bowl unless that loss was to a very good team late in the season, meaning that BYU would have been ranked in the top five before the loss. Remember 1996 when BYU got drilled by the Bowl Alliance.

    And.....tough games late in the season are hard to come by (except for 2013). So the scenario of a one loss BYU team going to the BCS doesn't ring true to me. I hope I am wrong.

    I do think USU is on the rise and I hope the new coach can continue the program on that trajectory. I was the black sheep in the family that went to BYU, so I have a soft spot for USU.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 10, 2013 1:52 p.m.


    It seems you have jumped to conclusions, that at this time are not fact. The only bowls settled in the new playoff format, are that the first year the Rose and Sugar will be the semi-final bowls.

    "Three of the six access bowls have been determined — Rose, Sugar and Orange — and the other three have yet to be named, although the Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls are the leading contenders."

    Popping off without having your facts straight. Spoken like a true Cougar fan?

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    @SpokaneUte seems to have forgotten that the BCS will celebrate its last year this season...and that the Cotton Bowl is part of the new 4-team playoff structure. Spoken like a true Ute?

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    MWC is amazingly still relevant. By giving Boise what they did they're keeping a strong conference together. It's unfortunate that they should have given a similar deal to BYU in order to keep the Cougars in the league...

  • whowhatwhy Providence, 00
    Jan. 10, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    Oh POOR little Y FANS.....LOL..... If you truly think that being INDY is better then being in the PAC 12 you know nothing about College Sports. Yes there are benefits to being indy for sure, if your ND. But if you are the Y! Then 2 games lost and your season is pretty much a loss....National Champ hopes I mean. I know it's hard for everyone to admit but Utah is in a great place. I'm not a UTE fan but I'm realistic. And I saw someone say the Pac 12 is one of the weakest? Really? Clearly you have no clue also. Ranked teams this year just in FB-USC, Oregon, Oregon St.,UCLA, Stanford....just to name a few!!!! Keep telling yourself the Indy is a good thing and keep hating on a Pac 12 school....LOL 2 of which got pay days for BCS games! Oh and they also WON.

  • CBPapa Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    Spokane Ute nailed it.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Re Chris B.

    Being an independant is much better than being in the pac 12 or the MWC.

    Here's a prediction for you Chris:

    Utah State will win a conference title in the MWC before the Utes win one in the PAC12

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    The MWC is over rated and unstable. We was on ESPN 11 times last year and made huge amounts of money every time. Independence is better than MWc

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    As loooong time Aggie I could not be more pleased for the way things are shaping up in the MWC. This will be a great fit for USU for both hoops and gridiron.

  • Y's Guy Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    Chris B
    Salt Lake City, UT
    You'll just never know what it is like to ... go undefeated, and be recognized as one of the big boys.

    And, apparently, neither will you.

    (BTW--can I tell you how much I enjoy your posts? They add a touch of humor to my day whenever I see them. I mean, you are being funny, aren't you?)

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 10, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    The MWC should get a BCS bid. I would like to see that happen, and the Cotton Bowl added to the BCS mix. BYU fans attack Chris B's comment, and I get that. I must say that Utah has a better chance then BYU of ever playing in a BCS bowl though. In the PAC 12 you can finish with 2 loses, or even more if you win the conference title game, and get a BCS bid. BYU would have to go 12-0 or possibly 11-1 to get a bid; and that's not going to happen. It's tough to imagine either school getting a BCS bid for quite some time; based on the last two seasons. Actually, Utah State was very, very close to a BCS bid this year. With Anderson gone, it may be a long time before they reach that point again.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Chris B...

    One of the big boys...ha, ha, ha. It amazes me that after the year Utah had, you still consider yourself one of the big boys. Yes, USC is a big boy among children...but there is only one big boy in the PAC 12 and that is Oregon. But every big boy has to have stepping (on) stones to look big...and Utah has become a stone.

    With the year USC had, their recruiting class is starting to lose commits...and after the year Utah had, you better send each one of your commits (PAC big boys hand-me-downs) some ice cream cones and candy as they to will look for greener pastures.

    The PAC 12 is the lowest rated conference among the BCS conferences and the future looks even dimmer for the overrated conference.

    Utah is a want-a-bee and is failing more each year...sorry Chris B. it is just the wrong direction.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    Regarding your PAC 12 Utes, "You'll just never know what it is like to play in [future] BCS games...(or) go undefeated, and be recognized as one of the big boys"

    What you will remember is two BCS Games played as an outsider, as that is the only way Utah will ever play in a BCS game. They didn't go to ANY bowl game this year, or did you conveniently forget that? And one of the reasons was that Utah State beat you. Remember that, too? But then you won't need to worry about USU or BYU much anymore...Michigan (or Fresno State) will be beating Utah on a semi-regular basis.

    Isn't it great sharing a BCS conference with Colorado and Washington State, your buddies asnd new rivals? Did you have a "bowl party" to watch any of the 8 teams from your conference of champions that earned bowl invitations go 4 - 4? Or did you go "bowling" at Orchard Lanes?

    Just remember that USU and BYU both won their bowl games this year. So enjoy the money because that's all you have to show for your conference affiliation. Now, get "frantic and emotional."

    Jan. 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    I think it would be good for the MWC to have SDSU stay. Right now the MWC looks like it has a better future than the Big East. With BSU staying, the long awaited demise of the MTN (worst sports TV network hardly anyone knew about!) and the new TV contract the MWC looks better than it ever has. Certainly the MWC is already better than the PAC-12 in basketball and with the changes coming in football the MWC could also become a football power!

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Jan. 9, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    After years of the Mountain West and Big East having rough parity in football, yet the Big East being an AQ conference and the MWC not, there is a certain irony of the MWC striking a couple of blows against the Big East.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    This means the MWC is now complete and won't be accepting any please from WAC/indy teams in the foreseeable future.

    I love being in a BCS conference!

    Sorry aggies, Sorry cougars. You'll just never know what it is like to play in BCS games, get BCS money, go undefeated, and be recognized as one of the big boys

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 9, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    Trust SDSU to be in the middle of any controversy. We all know what they had to say about BYU and then they had to eat crow of sorts in the Pointsettia Bowl. (BYU is 6 - 0 over SDSU in football during the last 6 games, by the way.) This just shows how weird it was to have a team from San Diego in the Big East.

    I feel the Cougars were smart to not jump to the Big East last summer....very smart.