Boise finished last season with an SOS of 70 (Congrove).
WVU finished last season with an SOS of 51 (Congrove).
Compare the OOC schedules. Now you should have a pretty clear picture of how badly a MWC WITH TCU and WITHOUT the new refugees from the WAC hurt Boise's SOS.
WVU played Marshall,Norfolk State, and Bowling Green OOC - not exactly murderers row! Yet WVU still finished with an SOS 20 points better than Boise.
There is no real debate to be had here. The BE is dramatically better for Boise in this area. And end of season ranking is the gatekeeper to the big money games (which is all AQ was ever really about anyhow).