Air Force Destroys Houston, MWC is For Real

Everyone (me included) thought the Pac-10 was the best conference in college football this year. Well maybe not! Air Force just spanked Houston, a team with the country’s leading passer who beat Oklahoma State on the road and spent much of the season ranked. Throw in that Wyoming, the mediocre MWC team, beat the third best WAC team earlier in the bowl season. Throw on top of that the big BYU win over pac-10 runner up Oregon State and the comeback Utah mounted against Cal, and you’ve got an argument that the MWC is a lot better than most people thought.

But only four of the five MWC teams have played their bowls so far. The big one is still to come, when TCU and Boise State rumble. If TCU were to win that, the MWC could likely be the first, second or third best conference in the land. Don’t believe me? If TCU wins, they will finish ranked number two more than likely. Maybe number three if Cincinnati wins. If Ohio State, Iowa and Penn State all lose, then BYU would be ranked ahead of them all in the top ten. Alabama would likely be 4, Oregon 5, Georgia Tech 6, and so on.

That would mean in the top 10, you would have 1 Big 12 team, 1 Big East team, 2 MWC teams, 3 SEC teams, 1 Pac-10 team, 1 ACC and maybe 1 WAC team. Obviously if Alabama, Florida and LSU all end up ranked in the top ten, it would be hard to argue they aren’t the best conference. But if the Big Ten ends up with no one ranked and the ACC and Big East only have one each in the top ten, look out.

Now BYU has Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State and Virginia Tech that can all lose and who are all ranked ahead of them. Miami (FL) is already beaten. Could BYU end the season at number 9? TCU at number 2? Utah at number 18 or so? 5-0 bowl record? Depending on what the SEC and Big Ten do in their bowl games, you could make a strong case the MWC is deserving of being the second best conference this year.

Granted, the bad teams in the MWC are pretty bad. San Diego State and New Mexico certainly dragged them down. But if you are comparing the top halves of all the conferences, based on what I’ve seen so far, I’d rate the top 5 like this:

1. SEC
2. Big Ten/MWC
3. Big 12
4. ACC
5. Pac-10

Of course we haven’t seen a lot of teams play yet, so this will change. My guess is when all is said and done, the top 5 conferences will look like this:

1. SEC
2. MWC
3. Big 12
4. Big East
5. Pac-10

We’ll see though. All I know is if I had to bet on the MWC getting an automatic bid to the BCS after this four year period, I would bet yes.


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