We've talked about this a couple of times...
If the big six drops the AQ status and reverts back to bowl tie-ins, then the MWC/CUSA, WAC, MAC, SBC only have 4 guaranteed games tied-in with the big boys... Little Caesar's (MAC v B1G) Liberty (CUSA v SEC) Beef O Brady (CUSA v BE) Independence (MWC v ACC) and Las Vegas and New Mexico (both MWC v PAC).
The rest are against each other in sub tier bowl games with low payouts, so what's the point...
The Big Six could easily drop the mid majors from their bowl lineup and simply pair the 6 teams playing the little guys against each other and shut them out completely...
What the mid majors should do is start a playoff, and consolidate into 4 conferences with a few upgrades, a West (WAC/MWC+UTEP), South (Texas to Alabama), East (Florida to NE) and North (MAC).
Let's be real, very few people watch the mid major v mid major bowls, I would bet that more people watch the FCS playoffs...so why not have 4 conference champs (this year Northern Illinois, Arkansas St, Southern Miss, and LA Tech/TCU [or Wyoming after realignment]) play a quick 4 (or 8 or even 16) team playoff, this has to be more satisfying than getting owed by a mediocre AQ team.
This year Southern Miss is playing Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl, TCU is playing LA Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl, Utah St is playing Ohio in the Idaho Potato Bowl, Wyoming is playing Temple in the New Mexico Bowl, Toledo is playing Air Force in the Military Bowl, San Diego St is playing ULL in the NOLA Bowl, FIU is playing Marshall in the Beef O Brady Bowl, Tulsa is playing BYU in the Armed Forces Bowl, and Arkansas St is playing Northern Illinois in the Go Daddy.com Bowl...beside Boise St, Houston, and SMU (who are the only non-AQs that will be going to a decent bowl game and to the Big East in 2013) this covers nearly every major 7 win midmajor that placed 1st-4th in their conference (except WMU who you could swap with Marshall and WKU who you could swap with BYU). So why not organize this process a little bit and turn these bad bowls into a playoff?
What could have been...
Southern Miss v Wyoming
Northern Illinois v Arkansas St
Or a 16 team playoff with all bowl eligible non-AQs (minus future AQs and a 6-6 Marshall)
Southern Miss v Nevada
ULL v Toledo
Wyoming v Temple
Ohio v WKU
Arkansas St v Utah St
Tulsa v Western Michigan
LA Tech v FIU
Northern Illinois v Air Force
Fan of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and...