Mountain West wins Bowl Challenge Cup

Even with four bowl games left to play, the Mountain West has already clinched the Bowl Challenge Cup for the second straight season. Not too shabby for a non-AQ league, right?

Andy DaltonICONQuarterback Andy Dalton and the Horned Frogs are on top of the mountain.

The MWC finished the postseason with a 4-1 mark, giving it the highest winning percentage of the 11 conferences. The Sun Belt finished 2-1, and the Pac-10 is sitting at 2-1 with Oregon set to face Auburn in the BCS National Championship game on Monday night. But even if the Pac-10 finishes 3-1 with a Ducks victory, the MWC will have the highest winning percentage.

Among the highlights for the league was Air Force beating Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl and TCU beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

The Mountain West is 13-7 in bowl games against AQ opponents since the league began 12 years ago. It has also collected four Cups, much to the chagrin of Ohio State president Dr. E. Gordon Gee, who sounded off on the non-AQ’s playing the Little Sisters of the Poor earlier this season.

Here are the standings as of now:

Mountain West: 4-1
Independents: 2-1
Pac-10: 2-1
Sun Belt: 2-1
Big East: 3-2
ACC: 4-4
MAC: 2-2
Big 12: 3-4
SEC: 3-4
Big Ten: 3-5
C-USA: 2-4
WAC: 1-2

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