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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

MWC, C-USA align, but add no Third World countries

So the Mountain West and Conference USA have decided to merge and form a 22-team football conference, with the idea of creating stability and seeking an automatic BCS berth.

I’m speechless.

What, no bid for Equatorial Guinea?

Will this be the No Team Left Behind Conference?

It was probably the inevitable reaction to the realignment jostling going on above these two mid-major football leagues; with the specter of somebody jumping to, say, the Big 12, they decided to try to firm up their constituencies.

The story on ESPN.com posed this question:

While both commissioners talked about how attractive a 22-member league spanning 16 states and five time zones will be to their television partners, neither could answer one of the biggest questions of all: Will this alliance get them that coveted automatic bid into the BCS?

To the first clause: Yeah, you can only imagine how excited the TV partners will be about that Marshall-Colorado State pairing.

To the question: I’m not sure how simply mashing two conferences together will bring an automatic bid. By that logic, why can’t you combine the Mountain West, WAC, MAC, C-USA and the Sun Belt and get two or three automatic bids?

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