(Rank among 120 teams in 10 years since 2000 by winning percentage & average wins per year)
Mountain Division (2 TX, 2 CO, 1 WY, 1 NM)
|West Division (2 CA, 2 NV, 1 UT, 1 ID)|
|7||Texas Christian||77%||9.5||1||Boise State||87%||11.2|
|46||Air Force||56%||6.8||23||Brigham Young||65%||8.1|
|63||Colorado State||50%||6.1||31||Fresno State||62%||8.1|
|99||Wyoming||36%||4.2||106||San Diego State||32%||3.8|
I agree BYU is leveraging it's Independence to force MWC to deplete its' safety conference & expand to 12 teams. Houston is the obvious choice with UTEP getting some press & Tulsa being ignored.SMU & Rice are small private schools & MWC has enough private in BYU, Air Force & TCU.
Nevada & Fresno State joining MWC leaves only:
|94||San Jose State||39%||4.6|
|108||New Mexico State||31%||3.7|
I think MWC teams biggest fear is sharing a conference with Division 1-AA upstarts like NM State, Utah State & Idaho. The MWC has fought to build a BCS conference to let former Big West teams drag them back down. The biggest loser in this is Hawaii because their football team has won 8 games/year in the 2000s & 6.5/year since 1980. I believe they will become an Independent when the WAC falls apart (do it sooner except for the $5 million buyout)
Big West abandoned football in 2000. LA Tech joined the WAC in 2001. New Mexico State & Idaho joined Sun Belt in 2001 then WAC in 2005. Utah State was so bad they became Independent in 2001, Sun Belt in 2003 & finally WAC in 2005.
The only thing the WAC has going for it is a possible $10 million from Nevada & Fresno State. More likely than Montana & Montana State joining the WAC from 1-AA, LA Tech replaces Houston in C-USA West & New Mexico State, Idaho & Utah State join Sunbelt as football-only members again & the Big West for all other sports. That would form a 12 team football league (South Alabama is starting a team next year so 13). San Jose State is stuck except to join Hawaii as an Ind.
Big IIX needs 2 more teams - C-USA East Southern Miss & Memphis? Big East needs 4 - C-USA East Central Florida, East Carolina, Marshall; Ind. Navy and/or MAC Temple? Could force C-USA & Sun Belt to merge and change everything again.