NCAA football gambling news from the MWC is that Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State will be joining the league for the 2011 NCAA football wagering season.
Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State have been members of the Western Athletic Conference and will remain in that league in 2010. BYU and Utah will be leaving the Mountain West Conference after this season.
BYU intends to become an independent, much the same as the Notre Dame model while Utah will be joining the Pac 10 Conference.
Word was out earlier in the off season that the Mountain West was close to attaining BCS affiliation but the loss of BYU and Utah will likely dampen those chances.
“We’re simply looking at getting better, and we got better tonight with Fresno State and Nevada,” said Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson.
Boise State has become something of a national power with the college football odds and enters the 2010 season ranked in the top 5 and with a shot at the BCS title game, but that will likely hinge on their September 6 opener against Virginia Tech which will be played at the home stadium of the Washington Redskins.
Meanwhile Fresno State and Nevada have been consistent bowl teams out of the WAC and are glad to be being perceived as programs that are stepping up.
“We think it is really a game changer for us,” said Nevada president Milt Glick. “This is a momentous day for the University of Nevada.”
Nevada will now be in the same league as intra-state rival UNLV which will make their annual matchups with the college football lines much more intense.
Thompson also thinks the expansion may help convince BYU to change its mind and remain in the league as it would make the Mountain West a near certainty to become a BCS conference.
BYU is a popular NCAA football gambling commodity and their athletic director thinks their national following will help a potential independent bid.
“We have a national base,” said BYU AD Tom Holmoe. “We can go all over the country and people can see that. That is a very important thing to us right now: exposure.”
The WAC meanwhile has been decimated with just 6 teams remaining.