The Mountain West and Conference USA will form a football-only alliance, hoping their partnership will help foster stability and get them an automatic spot into the BCS.
And if it helps keep Boise State, Air Force and UCF in their leagues, the better.
All three schools are in discussions about possibly joining the Big East. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson and C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky confirmed those talks, but had little to say about whether or not they expected their respective members to leave. If Boise State and Air Force go, they would be football-only members in the Big East and in need of finding a home for their other sports. UCF would be a full member of the Big East.
There also is no word on the likelihood this alliance would get an automatic BCS bid. Still, both commissioners felt making this move was in the best interest of their respective conferences.