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Mountaintop View 6-9-21. Playoff expansion, Group of 5, BSU/ACC talks, early top 25, Learfield Rankings.

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We are at the mid-point of the week and with it comes the latest links pertaining to the Mountain West Conference and college sports in general. Check out what is coming your way today as the links press on.

Playoff expansion inevitable, but what will it look like?

Change is coming. The talk is at least 8 teams but many are clamoring for more. Many, especially in the SEC, are pushing for 12 teams and some are even thinking 16. 12 teams would likely mean 6 auto bids (The Power Five conference champions and the top-ranked Group of Five team) along with 6 at-large bids. However, the SEC wants as many at-large bids as possible, hoping to stack the playoff with their teams. Some even think there could be no automatic qualifiers.

This quote stuck out: “There will be a lawsuit if they don’t [give the Group of Five an automatic berth],” one Group of Five AD said.

Group of 5 Expansion/Playoffs

The Athletic’s weekly Group of 5 Mailbag has some fun topics. Chris Vannini thinks no one outside of Boise State really adds prestige to the AAC and even then, he doesn’t think it gets the conference close to P6 status. If he is making a G5 super conference, he (surprisingly) only pulls Boise State and SDSU into the group of 12. On the MWC, he says:

“Boise State should be back to full strength. San Jose State is the defending champ and brings back almost everything. Nevada is loaded with experience and QB Carson Strong will shoot up NFL draft boards. Wyoming brings back 21 starters and should be good if the QB position can finally stay healthy. Hawaii is coming off a bowl season and Air Force is Air Force. The preseason picks are going to be especially tough. I’m going with SJSU at the moment, but this league really is wide open.”

Talks between AAC and Boise State are off.

Maybe they have been for a while, maybe they weren’t serious. Either way, they are not occurring now. Both sides recognize that it could benefit each other to boost their prestige and competition. The talks seemed to derail because the AAC wanted Boise State as a football-only member (which isn’t a surprise) and Boise State has been unable to find a new conference for their Olympic sports. Another important point is it is unknown when the talks stalled, was it recently or when the Boise State AD “resigned” in the fall?

Rams crack the way too early MBB rankings

5 MWC schools place in the top 100 of the Learfield Rankings.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: Peak Perspective: Thoughts on Rule Changes
  • Thursday: Outside Look at the MWC with The Coach
  • Friday: MWCConnection Roundtable: How many teams will be bowl eligible in 2021?
  • Friday: Friday Night Lights Review S1E15