I've been watching with interest as to how the ever-evolving Mountain West Conference keeps changing. Now that BSU has found a home in the WWC for all other "non-football" sports, and SDSU looks to move in the same general direction.I think what the Big East has done was/is over-extend the payouts the BE has been getting from being an AQ. And now with the AQ status with BE abolished, literally opening up mid-major conferences to partake in the BCS games as well as the potential of a BCS-NC game.
This should be cause for alarm for Boise State, as they will have many travels to the East Coast, and "MAJOR travel costs" to boot. Is this an advancement from the MWC of 2012? From a financial perspective, not at all, but for padding your stats as an AQ, yes. Actually SDSU has more to gain out of all this than BSU. And since the AQ status is out of the BCS meny after next season? Every conference "including mid majors" have the opportunity without past scrutiny to play in a BCS game. For this reason, Boise State will only have one season as an AQ program, along side with SDSU.
Ok, perhaps SDSU and BSU will get $2.50 for every $1.00 the MWC will pay them but, what then after AQ status is put to rest? Television markets? The Big East market is not there with the absence of the teams that left in 2012. So where are the monies to be gained? Well, for Boise State, Boise, Idaho (area) has less than 500,.000 population. That will only draw a PAC12 or SEC team to Boise for a game as that.
You see, most likely Boise State will have to pay out "between" the WCC, travel expenses and a conference gutted down from viewership. The ratings won't be there as before and the TV revenues won't be as before. All the while, the MWC has everything to look forward to.