In every interview that has discussed what it takes for BCS qualification by a conference, it has always come down to three criteria: 1. The final BCS ranking of the league's highest-ranked team; 2. The number of teams the conference has in the Top 25 of the final BCS standings; and 3. The final regular-season rankings of every team in the league by the six BCS computers.
The BCS has repeatedly said that they will not release how each of the three are weighed, which has been the company line, even with the most recent quotes from executive director Bill Hancock when asked which was the most important.
"That's more detail than I'm allowed to divulge."
Q: There are three rules listed for determining AQ status. Is each rule given an equal weight? If, not which categories are worth more?
A: All are the same weight.
It seems unlikely that Bill Hancock did not fully understand the question since it is pretty straight forward, and the criteria to determine who gains an auto bid has always been the same three requirements. He could have thought that he was granting an interview to a small site and gave an answer to appease the pro Mountain West crowd. Or could it have been a slip of the tongue that resulted in the truth? If so then the Mountain West looks to be on their way to gaining an automatic BCS bid.