Partnerships in college football aren’t being limited to its new postseason. And if the Mountain West can’t partner up in College Football Playoff, it’s going to at least attempt to figure out another way to latch on to another league.
Speaking to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports, MWC commissioner Craig Thompson said he has reached out to the Pac-12 about a possible “best practices” connection. Details are few and certainly nothing is final, but the idea would center around an alliance for nonconference scheduling, bowl matchups and the like. Thompson said he thinks the Pac-12 is “receptive” to the idea. The two conferences already share postseason tie-ins with the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl.
These types of discussions aren’t unprecedented. The Big 12 said earlier this year it was holding conversations with the ACC and other leagues about a similar partnership; the real difference here is that this would be between a power conference a smaller conference.