Well, I would have UTEP and New Mexico in the east
(call it the Mountain Division) with TCU, Colorado St., Air Force, and Wyoming.
And have Utah and BYU in the West Division with Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, and UNLV.
Nice league covering 8 states.
I agree with what most of you on here are saying that Fresno, Boise, and El Paso will be the 10th, 11th, and 12th choices but I fail to see what is in it for the Mountain West to expand to 12 teams.
The MWC by definition is not a conference that could support a championship game well as it is far flung all over the Western United States. It would make more sense to move up to 10 teams and play full round robin schedules in basketball and football than to play in a 12 team split division setup.
The WAC took a big hit by losing UTEP who if they were playing in the WAC this year would be at least #3 in that conference.
If the MWC can go out and steal Fresno from the WAC, it would destroy the WAC as a viable football conference and hurt Boise State in the process. You have to look at how strong conferences are relative to each other and the WAC minus Fresno or Boise is nothing but another Sun Belt.
Then with Fresno, from an attendance perspective it helps the MWC as they will travel to and support rivalries against SDSU and UNLV to strengthen the western flank of the conference. I don't think UTEP or Boise really add that quality to the MWC as Fresno does.
If Fresno was in the MWC this year, between TCU and Fresno the MWC would be just as strong as the Big East in football. UTEP and Boise would not have faired as well as they did this year in my opinion if playing on a MWC schedule. Bowl elgible, UTEP and Boise probably would have done that but the MWC would have given them 2 more losses.