Does the Kansas State football program even want to look in the direction of the Mountain West Conference?
Moving to the Mountain West Conference would be really far from ideal for Kansas State, but unfortunately, it might be something the Wildcats should consider should the Big 12 fail to stay together.
There’s no doubt that this would be a conference that would certainly be interested in bringing the Kansas State football program aboard. Kansas State would be arguably the biggest fish in this relatively small pond.
But while the interest is almost certainly there from the Mountain West, would the Wildcats really want to make this sort of move?
Unfortunately for Kansas State, the MWC might be one of the few options left if the Big 12 dissolves, if the Pac-12 merger/expansion doesn’t happen, and if the AAC isn’t interested for whatever reason.
But that’s a lot of big ifs.
The MWC is an okay sort of fallback plan for Kansas State to consider. But really, at this point, if K-State needs to look this way, there aren’t many other great options. Conference USA and the Sun Belt exist, but neither of those are really any more prestigious than the MWC.
At least with the MWC, Kansas State would get exposure in some pretty large cities, such as San Diego, San Jose, and Denver (to an extent). The MWC does have a few interesting teams as well, such as Boise State, Wyoming, and Air Force.
Oh, and who wouldn’t enjoy road games against Hawai’i?
But, again, this is far from being the ideal situation for Kansas State. The best thing K-State can do right now is fight for the Big 12 to expand and survive.