The Mountain West was hoping for an automatic bid into the Bowl Championship Series for the BCS’s final two years, but the BCS presidential oversight committee denied the conference’s request.
The college football will change dramatically in 2014, when a four-team playoff is implemented. The Mountain West thought its performance over the last evaluation period had qualified it for an AQ exemption until the system changes, and last December put in a request to have its league champion get an automatic berth into the lucrative BCS bowls.
“We made a very compelling case on behalf of the Mountain West,” commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement. “It was based on clear performance metrics and the prior precedent established by the BCS in awarding automatic qualification. Unfortunately, the Presidential Oversight Committee decided against granting us the AQ exemption.”