Brad Edwards has an interesting look at the Mountain West and its bid to become an automatic-qualifying conference. After doing some number-crunching, he has confirmed what we all have been writing for months -- it appears the MWC will fall short in one of the three criteria it needs to reach to get that AQ spot. That means it would have to appeal to the Presidential Oversight Committee for an AQ spot.
Interestingly, the Big East and ACC also fall short of automatic-qualifying status. Those leagues, of course, are in no danger of losing their spot because they are guaranteed an AQ bid through the 2013 cycle. Edwards notes:
You'll see that the ACC meets the first two criteria but doesn't reach the AQ standard on the third, while the Big East comes up short of the AQ standard on the first and third. Furthermore, the Big East ranks sixth in the second part, which means that it doesn't even achieve the level that's necessary for appeal.
In other words, the BCS is asking the Mountain West to achieve a standard that it doesn't even hold its front-line members to. Whether that fact might help the MWC appeal remains to be seen.
Edwards does some terrific number-crunching, and his post is well worth the read if you are an Insider.
Other MWC notes:
I did a podcast with Mick McGrane of the Mountain West Conference to preview the season. You can check that out here.
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