By Chadd Cripe
Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson said Wednesday that his league has been discussing the possibility of adding a 10th team — and his remarks lead to the conclusion that Boise State would be the target.
Thompson, speaking at the Mountain West media days, said expansion is discussed in nearly every meeting of league directors but they haven’t gotten into specifics, according to a blog post from ESPN.com’s Graham Watson.
"We spent a lot of time talking in general about expansion specifically, not about particular institutions," Thompson said, according to Watson. "I think the conversation typically at a directors level has centered on maybe a 10th will help us. But the real issue is practical scheduling."
The Mountain West is concerned that a 10th team might force some schools to abandon rivalries with neighboring BCS schools and service academies, assuming the league adopts a nine-game league schedule.
"You really take away any scheduling for BCS purposes, if you will," Thompson said. "Now, if conversely a team were to come in and really strengthen the BCS cause, that would be reason for focus. It's something that we've looked at."
Boise State is the only team available that would pad significantly the Mountain West’s BCS resume. The Broncos have gone undefeated in three of the past five regular seasons.