CFN Analysis - The New BCS Conference Rules
Mountain West
Posted Apr 23, 2010

Just when you thought the BCS couldn't become more strange, the powers-that-be have come up with yet another bizarre and unnecessary twist designed to make it as confusing as possible for fans to understand how the Mountain West can get an automatic bid.

CFN Analysis 

The New BCS Conference Rules

Pete Fiutak   

Because BCS and its bizarre corporate shill of a president, Bill Hancock, couldn't screw up the system enough, and because the various formulas weren't crazy enough to figure it out, the powers-that-be just decided to make things a whole lot stranger for the Mountain West.

Of course, this comes out during NFL draft time so no one will notice, and at the end of the day all this amounts to is the BCS giving the Mountain West four years to prove it's pretty enough to get past the bouncer.

Try to keep up here (considering the practicality of the rules are as simple as reading stereo instructions in Latin). Here's what the Mountain West and WAC fans have to try to pay attention to over the next few years to see if their conferences can qualify for the ever-elusive automatic BCS bid. For the MAC, Conference USA, Mountain West, Sun Belt or WAC to get its champions an automatic bid into the BCS, along with signing off their eternal souls, written in blood, they have to (and I'm dumbing this down) ...

1) Be ranked among the six best conferences in the country over the next four seasons according to computer formulas.

2) Have enough teams ranked in the BCS top 25 to achieve a certain level compared to the other top conferences.

3) Continue to have one team ranked high in the BCS standings. In other words, there has to be at least one killer per year that gets ranked among the big boys. As long as the non-BCS league's conference champion is ranked higher than at least one BCS conference champion, everything will be fine.

The more important part of the equation is part two as a point system will be put in place that will end up counting for 50% of the formula. This is a bad thing for the smaller Mountain West, who'll be lucky to have at least three of its nine teams consistently in the final BCS rankings, and forget about it for the other non-BCS conferences.

The earliest all this can kick in is 2014 as the BCS is in a sort of self-evaluation process to see if the little guys are worthy of the automatic dough, and once again, it's all exclusionary and it's all insane.

BCS, ditch the automatic bids. The top ten teams in the final BCS rankings get the sweet bowl bids with No. 1 and No. 2 playing for the title. No one cares if the 18th ranked ACC champion is playing in the Orange Bowl over the Chick-fil-A. Fans want to see the best matchups possible, and if you're going to have this cockamamie system, then use it and be consistent. Otherwise, just admit that the big six conferences don't want to invite anyone else to the party.