Why the Moutain West Should be in the BCS
In this article I will prove that at the very least the BCS should have a discussion about including the Mountain West. The best measuring stick to compare conferences against one another is how well they do against each other. In recent years Utah won at Michigan (2008), at Oregon St (2008), at Louisville (2007), UCLA (2007). BYU won at Oklahoma (2009), UCLA (2008), Washington (2008), Arizona (2007), at UCLA (2007). TCU holds recent wins over at Clemson (2009), at UVA (2009), Stanford (2008), Baylor (2007), at Stanford (2007). Furthermore, the wins listed above do not include Bowl wins.
Each year all the conferences compete for the Bowl Championship Cup, and the winner is based on winning percentage. The Mountain West is the only conference to win this award twice, 2004 and 2007. Since 2004 they have an overall Bowl record of 14-7, and are 3-0 in BCS Bowl Games, the only conference achieve this as well with multiple teams. Lets compare how the Mountain West has done in Bowl Games to two BCS Conferences, the ACC and Big 10. The ACC 18-22 and 2-9 in BCS Bowl Games with Virginia Tech winning both games. The Big 10 is 13-21 and 2-7 in BCS Bowl Games. Furthermore, neither the ACC or Big 10 has won the Bowl Championship Cup since 2004.
So what is my point? Both the ACC and Big 10 having losing Bowl Game records the last 5 years, compared to the Mountain West winning 66.6% of their Bowl Games. Also, why are conferences such as the ACC and the Big 10 consistently being awarded an automatic BCS Bowl Game win they continue to fail year after year; whereas when the Mountain West is given a shot they won each time. If TCU beats Boise St. this year, then 4 different Mountain West Teams would have won BCS Games since 2004.
I propose that the if the BCS wants to keep their “Conference” to 6 teams, then their conferences must prove they belong. The Big 10 has been a disgrace to the BCS, and has become the laughing stock of College Football, but please someone tell me how not 1 but 2 teams normally go to BCS Games. Now, how should a conference prove they belong in the BCS, thus receive an automatic BCS Game. Why not use the Bowl Championship Cup, and have at least 5 teams from each of the current BCS conferences and the Mountain West play each other. The conference with the worst record is then removed from an automatic BCS Game for the next year.
It is about time the “Big Boys” are penalized for playing “cupcake” schedules, and expect their name to automatically mean they deserve to be in a big Bowl Game.