It is possible to skew numbers any number of ways to make yourself look better, as evidenced by someone behind the keyboard handling Wyoming’s Twitter account today.
— Wyoming Cowboy FB (@CowboysFootball) May 17, 2013
If you know me, then hopefully you know how much of a fan of the Mountain West Conference I actually am, so please do not continue reading I am simply attempting to squash the conference as a whole. But let’s just lay out the numbers and keep everything fair and balanced on this discussion.
Last season the Mountain West Conference had the worst conference bowl record, with a final count of 1-4. Boise state picked up the conference’s only win of the postseason by beating Washington, helping the conference split the two postseason meetings against the Pac 12. Elsewhere the conference went 0-2 against Conference USA with Fresno State losing to SMU and Air Force losing to Rice. San Diego State lost to BYU, which much have added a little salt to the wounds and Nevada lost to Arizona for the other Pac 12 decision.
The conference did not exactly light the world on fire the previous postseason either, going 2-3 overall with Boise State and TCU managing the only wins by the conference.
And we have not even gotten to the big point here, which is where are those teams who have won those BCS bowl games for the Mountain West Conference today? Utah won two of those games and they are now in the Pac 12. TCU won the other and is now in the Big 12. I could have maybe given you a pass if you were actually accounting for realignment changes and taking credit for Boise State’s BCS performances (in which case you also have to take Hawaii’s dumpster fire against Georgia), but they didn’t even do that, giving credit to the WAC for Boise State’s previous victories.
Current membership in the Mountain West Conference is 2-1 in BCS bowl games. For a conference without an automatic bid without working the rankings, that is darn impressive and a proud bragging point (even if it does truly belong to the WAC).
I get it Wyoming. You are trying to keep interest in your football program. As I have said before, that is no easy
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task and I applaud much of what you do. But this could have been better left on the drawing board.
Be sure to stop by Crystal Ball Run all next week as our conference preview theme shifts to the Mountain West Conference.