The Mountain West Conference got a little more crowded last week, and it seems all on board are OK with getting a little cozy.
In reaction to college athletic conference realignments, much like a game of chess in which CU-Boulder blinked first, joining the Pac-10, MWC presidents unanimously voted to add Boise State University to its now 10-team conference.
And not a moment too soon.
The Broncos, whoâ€™ve made a living off busting the Bowl Championship Series, not only add another high caliber team to an already rising conference but also boost the chances the MWC will receive a BCS automatic qualifying bid.
Let us explain. See, big conferences like the Big 12, Pac-10 and the Southeastern Conference have a edge up as automatic bid schools in being asked to play in a prestigious bowl games, like the Rose and Sugar Bowls.
Adding a school like Boise State should further push the NCAA to give the MWC automatic bid status, letting the best teams in our conference to vie for a chance at a large bowl game, or national championship.
More bowl games equals more athletic recognition and therefore a better reason to cheer on our Rammies.
But all rah rah stuff aside, this is a good move for one reason: money. Specifically filtering back into our Athletics Department.
See, these big shot conferences get automatic invitations to big shot games, where they make big shot money. And they donâ€™t want to give that up.
So adding Boise State to the already highly-visible Mountain West Conference strikes a blow to the collusion that is college football right now, and in the long run should garner notoriety, and funding, for CSU.