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Mountain West Conference Making Coy Flutter-Eyes At Boise State

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The Mountain West is getting the mid-majors into the conference-expansion game, extending its grasp into Idaho for the WAC's only argument for national relevance, the Boise State Broncos. In a refreshing departure from the Big Ten's willy-nilly, "we maybe want one team and we maybe want four BECAUSE WE SAID SO YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF US [makes 'call me' hand signs at Notre Dame]" approach, the need for BSU in the MWC is both tangible and sensical:

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In the case of the next BCS negotiations, the four-year period in question will be 2008-11, and though the MWC's "Big Three" – BYU, TCU and Utah – have the conference in good standing so far according to requirements a) and c), the bottom half of the league is a 1,000-pound anchor when it comes to the second requirement, the one about the average finish of the entire conference.
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The Broncos would have to be in the conference fold by 2011 for this to work, but even if this does drag out into another summer-long ordeal, at least the MWC doesn't have its own TV network, so we'll be spared the incessant media onslaught that comes with -- wait, what?? Aww, man. We're all doomed.