Mountain West asks for a chance to prove they can play with anyone

Updated: 07/22/2014 10:38 PM | Created: 07/22/2014 10:03 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

This is the first year for a college football playoff involving the top 4 teams in the country.  Realistically it will take an undefeated Mountain West champ to get invited to the party, but conference commissioner Craig Thompson feels like it's possible.

"If the Mountain West champion isn't in the solid conversation and contention with the 13-person selection committee each and every first Saturday in December we did something wrong," said Thompson.

"If it doesn't work out that way and a team from our conference doesn't have a chance to do that, than I don't think this system is very good.  I think there's an issue with that," said Boise State head coach, Bryan Harsin.

Since it was formed 16 years ago, the Mountain West has always tried to earn a spot at the table with the higher resource conferences like the SEC and Big 12.  All they're asking for is a chance to prove they can play with anyone.

"Having the opportunity to be included in the playoff system is what it's all about.  You go win all your games and you're going to have that opportunity.  That's all we can ask for,” said CSU head coach, Jim Mcllwaine.

The Mountain West might be considered a mid-major to some, but when it comes to scheduling they're not afraid to take on the big boys.  This season San Jose State is at Auburn.  Wyoming goes to Oregon and Michigan State.  Boise State takes on Ole Miss and Fresno State has dates with USC and Nebraska.  

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