Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson tells USA Today he will try to press the case with BCS coordinator John Swofford, commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, to give the nine-member MWC an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series.
Thompson has a strong hand to play, after Utah's victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and with TCU finishing 11th iand BYU 16th in the final BCS regular-season standings.
But Thompson has no illusions about the appeal.
"I would not be optimistic," he told USA Today. "As I explained to them (the Mountain West presidents), it's a series of legal contracts among 11 conferences, four bowls, two TV partners with yet another TV partner coming in. I would not see much of a relaxation."
This past season, Utah, TCU and Boise State battled for the lone BCS spot available to the conference champion from one of the five non-BCS leagues. Utah earned the honor.
Thompson said that adding Boise State to make the MWC a 10-team league probably wouldn't enhance the chances at an automatic berth.
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