In the last two college football seasons, the Mountain West Conference has the best football record among all leagues against schools from conferences with automatic berths in the BCS. You read that right. Better than the SEC. Better than the Big 12. Better than the ACC or Pac-10 or Big Ten or Big East. Last January, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson remembers hearing Utah quarterback Brian Johnson asked if the Utes, after beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, deserved to play for the national championship. "He said, ‘I don’t know why not,’ ” Thompson said. "‘We haven’t lost a game.’ That’s what this really is all about.” The Mountain West is tired of keeping quiet. Wednesday, it unveiled a college football playoff proposal which includes the following: →Any league with a .400 winning percentage against the BCS leagues over two seasons, minimum 20 games, gets an automatic BCS berth; →The BCS formula is replaced by a 12-member selection committee, similar to basketball; →And the national champion is determined by a plus-three playoff — semifinals and a championship game after the BCS bowls. "We all believe change is needed,” said University of Wyoming president Tom Buchanan. "The current system is not fair. Someone needs to stand up and say that.” The lords of college football know the current system is unfair, but that doesn’t mean they can be shamed into changing anything. Yet Mountain West representatives have met with BCS officials and members of Congress. The Mountain West is mad and acting like it’s not going to take it anymore. So perhaps a compromise is around the corner. You know what they say if your neighbors complain about your loud party? Invite them over. The BCS could give the Mountain West a seat at the table, an automatic berth, and make this problem go away. The Mountain West is 16-13 against BCS leagues the last two years. The other mid-major conferences are nowhere near that level of success. The WAC is 6-28. The Mid-American 11-57. The Sun Belt 5-43. Conference USA 4-44. The current BCS has four at-large berths. Give one to the Mountain West on an annual basis, and this particular problem goes away.
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