I'll say this: I hate Boise State and have hated them for many years due to my being a Montana alum; Boise was a more hated Big Sky rival in my days as a student than even the Bobcats were...it was particularly satisfying to me to see the Griz WAX the Broncos twice at Wash-Griz Stadium back then. Neither of those games were even close!...but I digress.
That said, this move to the Mountain West WILL bolster Boise's claim to have a right to compete for a football national championship. Up until now, when the Bronco faithful have been whining for respect for winning the 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowls and even claiming a right to a share of the national championship for those years, I just shrugged and said: "whatever! you play a cream-puff WAC schedule and only have to get-up for the bowl game which follows an easier schedule than any of the the other BCS teams have to play. Join a tougher conference than the WAC and THEN gripe about being denied a share of the national championship. Until then, just shut up and be content to be the champions of a weak conference!" Well, to their credit, they have joined a stronger conference and are taking the action they needed to take.
I guarantee that a guantlet of opponents that includes Utah, BYU, Texas Christian and Air Force will carry more clout in the eyes of the BCS than one with the likes of Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno State (with all due respect to the Sweeneys...the Bulldogs aren't what they were when Jim was coaching).
This is Boise State saying "you think our schedule is too weak to warrant our claim to championship status? Fine, here's what we'll do to beef it up." I give the University credit where it's due - they're taking action to back it up.
The bad news for them is twofold: 1. Boise STILL has to play in the WAC one more season before they officially become a MTN West member. So, even if they win-out in 2010, they still won't likely get even a share of the national title due to the weak schedule...and Boise hardly lost any players at all from a squad which went undefeated in 2009, so their chances of going undefeated again in 2010 are very good...but could be all for naught if that comes to pass. 2. The timing of it still casts a shadow over Boise because they didn't oficially join the MTN West until AFTER Colorado bolted the Big 12 for the Pac 10, and Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big 10...THOSE 2 teams are dominating the headlines and nobody outside of Boise really cares much about the Broncos change in conference....kinda sad, ya know?
I'm also wondering what will now happen to the Big 12 from here-on. If any Texas schools defect to another conference, they're through.