Let’s see… expansion of the BCS is a good thing for the Mountain West Conference.
Expansion of the BCS conferences is a bad thing for the Mountain West Conference.
… If the Mountain West lost one of its top two teams [to expansion], it could probably add Boise State and still have enough juice to warrant an automatic bid. But if it lost two of the current top three teams hopes for an automatic bid would be dashed. The bottom half of the conference isn’t good enough to balance out the loss even if Boise State joined the league. And honestly, if the Mountain West lost two of its three top teams, Boise State would be better served staying in the WAC for better television exposure and more money.
What I can’t figure out is where Orrin Hatch would come out on this if, say, Utah went to the Pac-10 and TCU went to the Big XII. That would leave his state with one school in an AQ conference and one out. Tough spot.
You think the BCS powers-that-be are sneaky enough to have planned this?