Just in time to interfere with all the actual games we're about to have to cover, here come the ripples from BYU's Mountain West defection, with official confirmation that where the WAC has struck, the MWC will strike back with a quickness:
Where one normal-sized program leaves, it appears two snack-sized schools will serve to fill the gap. The impact on the WAC would be decidedly inconvenient:
It also would reduce the WAC to six schools in football - Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State. Eight schools are required to be considered a football conference.
If Boise State sticks with its plan to hop to the Mountain West this year (which theoretically could still not happen), by the time this round settles we'll have a 10-team WAC (although ruling this possibility out would be a grave mistake at this early stage). Buckle up, and let's all share an exasperated sigh together as we rejoin the carousel of progress.