With all this conference re-alignment going on, the time has come for the Mountain West Conference and Western Athletic Conference to merge and become one 16 team conference. This is how it could break-down.
Eastern (Rocky Mountain) Louisiana Tech TCU New Mexico State New Mexico Air Force Colorado State Wyoming Utah State
Western (Sierra) San Diego State Fresno State San Jose State UNLV Nevada Boise State Idaho Hawaii (Denver)
The invitations to Texas State and UTSA are on hold depending if LA Tech goes to Conference USA and if TCU heads to the Big East. Hawaii is football only with the remaining teams in the Big West. Denver can take over the other sports left by Hawaii and swap with Utah State in the divisions for the other sports. This will build on the rivalries that already exist in Colorado.
This gives you seven division games plus a rotating game with the other division. It preserves rivalries and shortened travel. This is important because Air Force doesn't want to play more than 8 conference games because of its commitment to play the other service academies. You also get a championship game that generates a lot of money.
This creates a super-conference in the west and it'll generate a lot of interest and money for everyone.
The nice thing about this is the conference can get rid of The Mountain (the MWC network that no one likes) and go with a contract with ESPN and get the exposure that everyone wants.
What are your thoughts?