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Mountain West pitches 8-team playoff to BCS

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The Mountain West Conference wants to lead the fight for a major college football playoff.

The MWC presented the BCS with a proposal Wednesday to create an eight-team playoff system that would allow greater access to the national championship game to teams outside the six most powerful leagues.

Commissioner Craig Thompson and four university leaders from the MWC announced details on a conference call and the entire 2½-page proposal was posted on the league’s Web site.

“I will put this as bluntly as a I can,” said Tom Buchanan, University of Wyoming president and chairman of the MWC board of directors. “We all believe that change is needed. The current system is not fair and somebody needs to stand up and say that and ask for dialogue amongst all the parties involved.

“Our goal is to find a system that is best for college football.”

The next BCS meeting is scheduled for April in Pasadena, Calif.

“I would strongly suggest this will be a conversation topic,” Thompson said.

Thompson would not speculate how the proposal will be received, but the chances of it being met with anything other than a resounding ‘No thank you’ from the commissioners of the six automatic qualifying conferences seems remote — at best.

The Bowl Championship Series last summer shot down a proposal brought by Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive that would have created a four-team playoff.

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