New Mexico State is probably the likeliest of the WAC schools to drop back down to the FCS. The Aggies’ football program has struggled over the years. Wait, to say that would be an understatement. New Mexico State has only had four winning seasons since 1967. The university has cut funding and the team now relies on its fans for snacks. If the Aggies would like to continue playing in the FBS, the Sun Belt would be an excellent fit for them. After all, the Aggies were a member of the Sun Belt from 2001-2004.
Utah State was invited to the Mountain West Conference, but declined the day before Fresno State and Nevada accepted invitations to the Mountain West, thinking the WAC teams would stick together. It is unsure whether Utah State will be invited again, but the excellent basketball team, great academics, and improving football team make Utah State a desirable addition. The Aggies have been in the Sun Belt 2003-2004 and independent 2001-2002. If the Aggies were to rejoin the Sun Belt, they would be one of the best teams perennially. Independence would be unfavorable for Utah State.
Louisiana Tech always seemed like an odd fit given it being so far east from the rest of its conference mates. Louisiana Tech would have the easiest time adapting if the WAC were to crumble. The Bulldogs could easily fit into the Sun Belt with two other Louisiana schools or Conference USA as a way to counterbalance the impending arrival of Charlotte into FBS football. Louisiana Tech could be the seventh team in the C-USA West, while Charlotte could be the seventh team in the C-USA East. If the MWC chose to go to twelve teams, Louisiana Tech and Utah State would be strong candidates. The Bulldogs had been independent 1996-2000. However, they are undoubtedly better off joining a conference should the WAC fall.