Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson took his league’s fight for inclusion in the Bowl Championship Series to Capitol Hill last year in hopes of shaking up the system.
While perhaps calling even more attention to what most would consider a flawed system, Thompson and the MWC could not take down the BCS.
But Thompson always noted that – with its on-field performance – the MWC could play its way into the BCS. Last season was the second of a four-year qualifying cycle in which conferences can gain automatic status based on several factors.
The MWC – at least the top half of the league – is doing pretty well so far. And with two more good seasons (especially if the bottom of the league performs better), the league could force its way into the BCS.
Andy Staples of SI.com has a really good look at the qualifying factors and how the MWC has performed to date. Find it here.