How good is the MWC in football?

    Check out the MWC's blog at themwc.com and see the entire story. Here are some highlights:

    • Over the past seven seasons (including 2010), the Mountain West Conference owns the best win percentage in bowl games among the 11 FBS conferences with a mark of 22-9 (.710). The SEC is second at 34-18 (.654), followed by the Big East and Pac-10 (both 20-14) at .558. And for those dubious of the MWC's ability to go toe-to-toe with "The Big Boys?" During that span, the league is merely 11-3 against automatic-qualifying BCS teams in bowl games.

     

    • For the second time in three years, a team from the MWC will be in the national championship discussion at the conclusion of the bowl season. With TCU defeating No. 5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, it will finish the year as one of only two undefeated teams. Utah concluded the 2008 season 13-0 with a 31-17 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes finished No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches' Top 25.

     

    • Since the league's inception 12 years ago, the MWC holds a 13-7 record in bowl games against opponents from automatic-qualifying BCS conferences, including wins over the Pac-10 (six), SEC (two), ACC (two), Big Ten (one), Big 12 (one) and Big East (one). In four BCS appearances, the MWC is 3-1. The ACC's record over that same span in BCS games, 2-11.

     

    • If Miami (Ohio) defeats Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6, the MWC will claim its second straight (fourth overall) Bowl Challenge Cup. The MWC is the only league to win the Bowl Challenge Cup three times since the award's inception in 2002-03.

     

    • With a 4-1 mark in 2010, the Mountain West secured its fifth straight winning bowl record. The MWC is one of three conferences to finish with a winning bowl record each of the last four years (Big East and SEC). At present, the Big East is 3-2, while the SEC is 3-4 this postseason.

     

    • The MWC is 8-2 in bowl games over the last two seasons, with both losses coming against Boise State. Of the eight wins, four have come against automatic-qualifying BCS conferences (2-0 vs. Pac-10 and 1-0 vs. the ACC and Big Ten).