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WAC That Should've Happened

With the Big East sucking up MWC teams to stay relevant & schools abandoning tradition for $$$, I started thinking what could have been. Only NM, Co St, Wyoming & UNLV will be left from the original '99 MWC.

I was wondering if there's room for a BCS conference between the PAC & the Big XII but 2 things ruined the WAC/MWC. Karl Benson adding 6 teams in '96 after 2 yrs on the job & Craig Thompson not getting on ESPN. MWC was a good idea after Benson threw away tradition for San Jose St & small private school in Texas. But I don't understand why they left UTEP, Fresno St & Hawaii out. The MWC 8 + those 3 schools & TCU could have been playing a championship game since '96 when TCU & UNLV were added. Obviously TCU & Utah were offered bids into PAC & Big XII so they would have left regardless of how strong this hypothetical WAC was but Boise St & Nevada could step in as replacements in 2011..

Western Athletic Conference
Mountain West
School 1st Yr Last Yr # of Yrs New Conf School 1st Yr Last Yr # of Yrs New Conf
UTEP 1967 2004 38 CUSA Boise State 2011 2012 2 BEast
New Mexico 1962 53 Nevada 2012 3
Air Force 1980 2014 35 BEast UNLV 1996 19
Colorado State 1967 48 Fresno State 1992 1998 7 WAC
Wyoming 1962 53 San Diego State 1978 2012 35 BEast
Brigham Young 1962 2010 49 IND Hawaii 1979 1998 20 WAC

I counted the years the traditional rivals were in the same WAC/MWC conference through 2014 when Air Force leaves to join Navy in BEast.

So could this 12-team conference from 96-'10 w/ Utah & TCU earned an automatic BCS bid? Could it keep it w/ replacements Boise St & Nevada from 2011 on?

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