Thursday, December 24, 2009

Legitimize the Mountain West

In college basketball, the old saying goes, only one team gets to end the season with a win --- the champion.  Everybody else goes out on a loss.

This isn't the case in college football, where a team can play an average season, get selected to an average bowl game, and win on December 28th to close out their year.  Okay, perhaps it's not the same, but it's still worth it to go out and try to win your bowl game.  It reflects better on you and on your conference.

Is any conference reflected better than the Mountain West?

  • Since 1999, the MWC is 25-15 with two Bowl Challenge Cups and a 4-1 record this year (including a pair of convincing wins over Pac-10 foes California and Oregon State).
  • Eight of the nine Mountain West teams have won a bowl game.
  • Utah went undefeated last year (including a convincing victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl) and has now won its last nine bowl games, the best streak in the country.

The next step for the conference is adding another team, probably Boise State, allowing them to hold an Conference Championship Game at the end of the season.

The next step is to legitimize the MWC.  The conference deserves an automatic bid into the BCS.

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