fighting muskie wrote:
If UTEP were to go to the MWC I think the clear #1 choice for the last spot is BYU and if not BYU I'm going to go with my personal favorite UTSA.
IF UTEP were #13, BYU would only be #14 if they wanted to and I think the Mt West would gladly accept them back. I thought some bridges might have been burned but after the Mt West welcomed Boise St and San Diego St back so quickly, I think they would do the same for BYU. If not BYU, then I like the UTSA option. I think that really would be the only other option. North Texas and Rice are only the opposite side of Texas from UTEP. Both are in/near giant markets (Dallas and Houston, respectively) but neither seem like Mt West type teams. I would pick Rice over North Texas, though. Idaho and New Mexico St are both out of the loop unfortunately for them. New Mexico St only brings in their basketball, which is solid, but their in-state brother is better. Idaho brings in...I'm sure something, but their in-state brother is better at both football and basketball. UTSA is in really a new market for college football, they are a branch of UT like UTEP, and they are getting better. My order: UTEP + BYU, UTSA, Rice (and it stops there.) If UTEP + another Texas school go, look for CUSA to fill their void with Texas St + UL-Lafayette.