Commentary

MWC is stronger than Big East

The Mountain West falls short of BCS standards. The Big East doesn't even come close.

Updated: August 26, 2011, 7:51 AM ET
By Brad Edwards | ESPN Insider
Tank Carder/Geno SmithUS PresswireThe Mountain West has proved to be a stronger league than the Big East in the past few years.

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.

But after the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars decided last summer to leave the conference, the majority of that talk ended because the MWC was presumed to have a hopeless cause.

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.


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