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Upgraded Las Vegas Bowl could finally give us regular Pac-12 vs. SEC matchups

But at pretty great expense to the Mountain West.

Las Vegas Bowl - Boise State v Oregon Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Las Vegas gaining a shiny NFL stadium was already sure to shake up college football even before the Supreme Court ruling that could bring NCAA events to town. Expect the Pac-12 Championship to move to Sin City, for one thing.

For another, the longtime Pac-12-vs-Mountain West Las Vegas Bowl could get a big upgrade in profile, Brett McMurphy reports:

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College football fans have long wanted a regular bowl matchup between the Pac-12 and SEC, whose teams we rarely get to see square off. Pac-12 teams currently have at least one bowl against every other power conference, and the same goes for the SEC.

Sounds great for everyone!

Well ...

This would be a pretty huge loss for the Mountain West, which currently sends its champ (in most years) to one of early-December’s biggest bowl games, where it usually gets a chance to knock off a middling Pac-12 team. In 2017, Boise State whapped Oregon.

McMurphy reports the MWC’s fallback bowl could be the damn Arizona Bowl in Tucson, a thing that has existed for all of three years and has barely even been on TV so far. That’d be a significant step down in just about every way, including financially — the Vegas means seven figures for the MWC, while the Arizona basically pays in the low sixes. Imagine if Boise State barely missed out on making the New Year’s Six and fell from the Fiesta Bowl all the way to the state of Arizona’s third-most-prestigious bowl.

So basically, like just about everything in college football, this move would be good for everybody except the non-powers.