Since news about BYU’s interest in going independent came out, most national media appears to be against them. Articles like this and another article from a news paper in Fort Worth (I saw it on the news but couldn’t find it online) dog on BYU for being “arrogant to the point of delusional.” The Fort Worth (the home of TCU) article says that BYU hasn’t done anything except occasionally get in the way of MWC real powerhouses, TCU and Utah, and is probably scared of new member Boise St. I openly admit that TCU is the team to beat in the MWC this year, but they are hardly a reason for BYU to run away.
BYU has been to the Las Vegas bowl the last 5 years, which is not that impressive of a bowl, but it is where the number 2 school in the MWC is invited. So BYU has not been to a BCS bowl, but they are consistently at the top of the conference. TCU’s program has improved over the years and has a lot to be proud of, but if they think a loss to another non-AQ school in their one BCS bowl appearance puts them on another level than BYU they’re wrong (just ask Hawaii). Talk about arrogance.
I don’t suspect TCU is going to disappear any time soon, but neither is BYU. The last 4 years BYU has been ranked in the top 25 in the post season polls. TCU was not ranked in ’07 and Utah was not ranked the 3 consecutive seasons between their BCS bowl births. While I feel BYU has not played to their full potential the last several seasons, they have proven to be consistent and a continual threat in the MWC.
So to say BYU is not of value to the MWC (like I have seen in some articles) is naive. Not to mention all of the other mens and womens sports that BYU has a significant or dominant presence in. Those sports do not bring in the revenue that football does, but still important to the conference. Also, BYU’s mens basketball team has ended 2 of the last 4 years ranked in the top 25 and received votes the other two years. Neither TCU or Utah came close to that. Not to mention, the MWC is doing what it can to keep BYU in the conference, so it appears BYU is valuable after all.