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Washington, D.C. - The group of university presidents who oversee college football’s Bowl Championship Series today denied a request by the Mountain West Conference (MWC) for a special exemption in order to gain an automatic BCS berth for its champion in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Background Information on Automatic Qualification Criteria and Non-AQ Participation in the BCS:
Under the terms of the BCS contract, conferences are evaluated for automatic qualification status based on the following three calculations:
1.Average rank of highest-ranked team in the BCS Standings,
2.Average conference ranking (ranking of all teams in the conference by the six computers), and,
3.Adjusted Top 25 performance ranking (number of teams in top 25 of BCS standings, as a percentage of the top conference)
A conference (a) is automatically granted a berth for its champion if it meets these criteria: top six in Nos. 1 and 2 rankings and top 50 percent in No. 3, or (b) a conference may seek an exemption for its champion if it finishes in the top five in one and top seven in the other, and top 33.3 percent in No. 3. The Mountain West did not meet the (a) threshold for the period being evaluated—2008 through 2011—but did meet (b).
•Seven teams from conferences without annual automatic qualification have earned BCS bowl berths in the last eight years, including an historic first in 2011 when TCU played in the Rose Bowl game.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
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