Mountain West requesting automatic bid

Updated: December 12, 2011, 10:38 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- The Mountain West Conference will ask for an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series for the 2012 and '13 seasons.

The MWC announced Monday that its board of directors approved making the request.

The BCS rules allow a league without automatic qualifying status to request an exemption for the next two seasons if its teams met certain performance standards from 2008-2011.

The MW met those standards, with the help of TCU earning bids in 2009 and '10. The MW ...

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