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August 27, 2014

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MWC proposal, meet BCS deaf ears

NOW

One of the criterion -- and there are a lot of them -- of the Mountain West's new proposal for inclusion into the Bowl Championship Series is a conference would qualify for an automatic bid if its teams have a winning percentage of at least .400 in games against the current automatic qualifying leagues over a two-year period.

If this proposal is ratified or Razorbacks fly, whichever comes first, you can expect to see a lot of Wyoming vs. Baylor games.

The last time I checked, 47,141 voters had responded to an ESPN.com poll asking whether they approved of the MWC's idea of an eight-team playoff. A whopping 91 percent said "yes."

The other nine percent were probably Alabama fans.

THEN

One of my favorite Mountain West football players was Bradlee Van Pelt, the former Colorado State star who played quarterback like his hair was on fire and somebody forgot to refill the fire extinguisher.

His father was Brad Van Pelt, the old Giants' middle linebacker, who wore No. 10, which is a strange number for a middle linebacker. The only reason Van Pelt was allowed to wear No. 10, his college number at Michigan State, and not No. 50-59, as per NFL policy then, was that he was listed as the Giants' back-up kicker.

The reason I bring this up is because Brad Van Pelt died of a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. I can't believe Brad Van Pelt was 57. Or that he's gone.

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