At a recent BCS meeting, the final item on the agenda at first appeared to be a bit of fan mail until the item was finally recognized as an alternative to the present bowl system. Apparently, according to Pac-10 Tom Hansen, "something called the MWC or some shit proposed an 8 team playoff system. They kept mentioning a Ute or Utes being no. 2 or something, we quickly brushed it off. We really didn't think it would be a big deal". The Mountain West Conference is not a member of the BCS. The BCS gives automatic bowl bids to it's current members who include the Pac-10, Big 12, Big 10, Big East, ACC and SEC. SEC commissioner Michael Slive initially laughed it saying "I thought MWC was, like cage fighting or some shit, you know like WEC or IFC or UFC, you know, one of those wrestling things. Then I thought it was that crazy Japanese show MXC and got really excited. That show is great, especially when they get creamed by the boulders". The 8 team playoff system, proposed by MWC commissioner Craig Thompson hopes that the BCS adopts the new system, which would provide greater access to teams outside the 6 conferences already included in the BCS. Members of the BCS laughed it off again when media members and strong dissenters of the present bowl game system argued for the validity of a 8 team playoff in college football. In one final statement that seems to sum up the BCS's feelings on fan opinion, media approval and overall regard for anyone other than themselves, the BCS wrote a note to the media that simply said "Fuck You".
The Utah Utes finished no. 2 in the BCS standings following their defeat of the heavily favored SEC Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.