REPORT: Mountain West Making Push For BCS Auto Bid

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MCLEAN, Va. (AP) - The Mountain West Conference is pushing for an automatic annual entry into the Bowl Championship Series' postseason lineup.

USA Today reported on its web site Monday that presidents and chancellors of the league's nine schools, along with Commissioner Craig Thompson, will press for a meeting with BCS coordinator John Swofford, to discuss an automatic berth into the BCS.

Conference champion Utah finished second in the AP Top 25, earning 16 of 65 first-place votes after it finished an undefeated season by beating Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl. But the Utes had to force their way in to the four big-money games, which also include the Fiesta, Orange and Rose bowls.

Only champions of the six BCS conferences - The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC automatically qualify.

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