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Boise State’s conference picture shows the Broncos’ value

Boise State Conference Realignment AP

As uncertain as that picture may be at the moment, that is.

Though Boise State is slated to join the Big East next year, there have been plenty of flirtatious reports — followed by plenty of brake-slamming — suggesting the Broncos are not so keen on moving from the Mountain West, especially now that the Big East is considered on the same level as the MWC as far as playoff access is concerned.

Once again, a report of Boise’s supposed trepidation has surfaced from Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel. Citing three sources, Thamel says Boise’s departure from the Big East — without ever playing a down in the conference — is “inevitable.”

“I would be shocked if it didn’t happen,” a source told Thamel.

The news came just before a Dennis Dodd report that Colorado State and New Mexico State of the MWC are considering forming a new conference that would have Boise State and/or BYU as its cornerstone. The interest is reportedly “preliminary but informal.”

Earlier this week, Dodd reported that the Big East had reached out to Fresno State and UNLV of the MWC about possible membership. It’s not clear whether the two separate reports are related to each other in any way.

But it would appear that Boise State is a hot commodity in the soon-to-be “Group of Five,” composed of the Big East, Conference USA, the MAC, the MWC and the Sun Belt. The MWC is, to no one’s surprise, reportedly interested in keeping the Broncos as well. Boise State has become such a strong national brand in football with seven straight seasons of at least 10 wins that conferences lacking a contractual tie-in to an access bowl in college football’s new postseason feel the addition of the Broncos gives them a leg up in overall perception.

The five smaller conferences will be fighting for a single spot in one of the six access bowls after the 2014 season. It would seem that at least a couple of those leagues feel Boise State gives them the best chance to earn that spot; I wouldn’t put it past the others to feel the same way. It’s a dangerous assumption, of course. What if Chris Petersen leaves and/or Boise Statefootball goes in the tank? It’s possible, but the fact is that the Broncos have options.

So what would — should — Boise State do? Follow the money, obviously. Which situation gives BSU the most television revenue and the best chance to finish highest in the rankings year in and year out?

It may be that the “ideal situation” for Boise State has not yet been formed, either.

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18 Responses to “Boise State’s conference picture shows the Broncos’ value”
  1. timh1955 says: Dec 21, 2012 8:28 PM

    How is Boise State a hot commodity??? None of the real conferences want them.

  2. wood344 says: Dec 21, 2012 8:48 PM

    “But it would appear that Boise State is a hot commodity in the soon-to-be “Group of Five

  3. malbosia says: Dec 21, 2012 9:08 PM

    It’s very simple. Boise St. and BYU will be in a major conference within the next 3-5 years. They both offer a national brand and excel athletically. Boise is expanding their stadium to 50,000+ and is growing academically. BYU is comparable to Notre Dame in that it has a passionate fan base that is nationwide. With all of the conferences trying to bring in more money, the PAC 12 and Big 12 will have to expand. There are only so many great mid-major options out there. At the top that list are Boise St. and BYU. Time will tell but I believe they will get paired together in the PAC 12 very soon.

  4. timh1955 says: Dec 21, 2012 10:00 PM

    I don’t think the Big12 will be around for a long time as teams like Missouri and Texas A&M got tired of Texas getting more of the money and trying to dominate the conference.

  5. iamjimmyjack says: Dec 21, 2012 10:28 PM

    The natural geographical spot would be the pac12. Along with maybe unlv or someone similar.

  6. qball82 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:27 PM

    The news came just before a Dennis Dodd report that Colorado State and New Mexico State of the MWC are considering forming a new conference that would have Boise State and/or BYU as its cornerstone.

    New Mexico State!!!???? C’mon man do some research before you post this dribble. The University of New Mexico was in talks, not New Mexico State.

  7. intergalacticbronco says: Dec 22, 2012 12:59 AM

    Have you ever noticed how much of a hard-on timh1955 has for Boise State? He ALWAYS posts on related articles and is usually the FIRST one to post.

    I believe it is time you muster up a little courage, Timmy, and admit your crush.

  8. handsofsweed says: Dec 22, 2012 1:15 AM

    It’s “DRIVEL,” qball. Not “dribble.” You only make yourself sound “rediculouos” when you misuse words that you don’t understand while you are attempting to correct faulty statements.

    You may very well be right, but your butchery of English makes you look like a fool.

  9. txstatebobcats1868 says: Dec 22, 2012 4:19 AM

    Hey weed hands, it makes more since using dribble than drivel in this context. Not to mention its more embarrassing of a “sports writer” to confuse NM state, a team who has been in the news over not having a conference home next year since the WAC is donezo, for U of NM that is actually in the MWC, than for a random sports blogger (qball) to misuse a word in a post.
    If you came to CFT to troll on people’s English and granmar you need to be kicked in the d¡ck

  10. imaduffer says: Dec 22, 2012 1:09 PM

    Not trying to beat a dead horse, no pun intended, but I see two reasons why the other large conferences don’t want BS. Revenue and a blue field.

  11. gudy2shoes says: Dec 22, 2012 2:24 PM

    How is the Pac12 not interested?

  12. timh1955 says: Dec 22, 2012 2:37 PM


    1. BSU is in one of the smallest TV markets in the free world
    2. BSU’s academics suck big time
    3. BSU has a high school size stadium
    4. As mentioned above….that ugly blue field is a joke.
    5. BSU has historically played extremely weak schools on their schedule

    Do you need more reasons?

  13. hahapapa says: Dec 22, 2012 10:00 PM

    You coming out of the closet Timmy ?

  14. boisehockeyref says: Dec 23, 2012 5:25 PM

    TIMG1955, you again prove that you are an idiot that know NOTHING about BSU.
    1. How is the TV market BSU’s fault? There are other “big time” schools that have smaller markets than the Broncos.
    2. You don’t live here, so you have no idea what the academics are like.
    3. Ask the likes of Oregon, Oregon State, BYU, and others about our “high school” stadium. Fact is, most schools are chicken crap to play us here…they can only use economics as an excuse only so much. That 37,000 seat “high school” stadium will be over 53,000 very soon. The like of Alabama, Oklahoma and others do not have the home record BSU has had over the last 12 years.
    4. Our coach is better than yours…any of yours.

    The end. Oh, and you are an idiot.

  15. boisehockeyref says: Dec 23, 2012 5:27 PM

    Oops, I forgot one thing, timh1955…that blue “rug” was here long before we started our run of success.

  16. hahapapa says: Dec 23, 2012 5:32 PM

    Well said Hockey Ref..Timmy is an idiot.

  17. timh1955 says: Dec 23, 2012 10:34 PM


    Boise State also has the biggest retard of a marching band in all of college football. We still play the halftime show from the Fiesta Bowl a few years ago with the cowbell girl and the members of the band that thought they were cool and also the fat dancing girls. Hilarious! And by the way, it is well know that the PAC12 didn’t want BSU because of the low acdemics and the best coach in all of college football is Nick Saban who will win his third NC in four years on 1/7. How many NC’s Petersen won? It isn’t a big deal having a record like BSU considering the high schools you guys play. I don’t care when that joke of a blue field was installed….it’s a joke! Your stadium currently holds 37000 which is close to the size of the stadium at the high school I went to. And by the way….you are an idiot.

  18. 11thstreetmafia says: Dec 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    Boise State = Little kids menu. Did a poster actually brag that their stadium is increasing to 53,000? A couple of crap seasons and Boise will be obscure again. BTW, there is no defending their schedule, at all.

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