- Brad Edwards, ESPN Insider
About a year and a half ago, much attention was being given to the Mountain West's quest to earn BCS automatic-qualifying (AQ) status for its champion.
As we now enter the final season of the four-year qualifying cycle, a look at the numbers shows us that the Mountain West's condition is slightly better than hopeless. The more interesting story, however, is that the Big East doesn't even measure up to the MWC but is in no danger of losing its automatic bid because of it.
Let's start at the beginning.
Brad Edwards explains how the MWC currently falls short of meeting BCS AQ conference requirements. But that's only part of the story. Look closer and you'll see that the ACC doesn't meet the mark, either, and that the Big East doesn't even come close.