By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Bowl Championship Series presidential oversight committee on Tuesday denied the Mountain West’s request for an automatic berth in 2012 and 2013.
The Mountain West failed to meet the criteria for an automatic berth during the last four-year cycle, but performed well enough to apply for an exemption.
The committee did not provide any reasoning for the denial.
"We made a very compelling case on behalf of the Mountain West," commissioner Craig Thompson said. "It was based on clear performance metrics and the prior precedent established by the BCS in awarding automatic qualification. Unfortunately, the presidential oversight committee decided against granting us the AQ exemption."
The Mountain West met two of the three criteria for an automatic berth based on the average ranking of its highest-ranked team in the BCS standings and for its number of Top 25 teams. However, the league fell well short on the third criteria — the average ranking of all its teams.
That leaves six automatic-qualifying conferences for the last two years of the BCS, including the Big East, the league the Broncos are expected to join in 2013.
The Big East received a waiver in for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The league is part of the BCS contract for 2010 to 2013.
The Big East and ACC both fell short of the standards the Mountain West was asked to meet in the last four-year cycle. However, both are contractually guaranteed BCS slots.