What Mountain West Team could be joining the Big 12
The drama continues as Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson admitted that the conference had granted permission to its team to speak with the Big 12 about possibly joining that conference. The obvious choice would be Boise State, however, quoting Lee Corso, 'not so fast my friend.' Thompson told a packed room at Mountain West Media Days that two schools have inquired about Big 12 membership. He would not disclose which schools approached him. Most folks believe Boise State would be the first choice for the Big 12.
Some college football insiders have begun to report on a 'stealth candidate' that could be a vibrant part of a new Big 12. That candidate is Colorado State and not Boise State. The Rams have big money, improving facilities and allow the Big 12 to return to Colorado.
So let's forget that the Rams cannot match the Broncos when it comes to wins in college football. Colorado State has a lot to offer according to a report in MountainWestConnection. Geography, academics, and access to the Denver market are a few of the pluses CSU could provide the Big 12.
The Big 12 will have to make its move soon if it wants to keep up with the other Power Five Conferences. If Colorado State leaves the Mountain West to look for a few Texas teams from Conference USA to join the conference.