Here's the before and after look using the most current rankings. Football and men's basketball are from the Sagarin ratings. The other four are the NCAA's RPI ratings.
Football futureaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaFootball pre-realignment
Mountain West average 75.1, median 73aaaaaaaaaaaaaMWC average 69.1, median 76
C-USA average 96, median 98aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaWAC average 89.6, median 92
Sunbelt average 126.6, median 128.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaC-USA average 96, median 98
WAC average 144, median 136aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSun Belt average 126.6, median 128.5
SLC average 169.25, median 167.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSLC average 174.4, median 172.5
Men's basketball futureaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapre-realignment
C-USA average 121.5, median 93.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMWC average 95.6, median 81
Mountain West average 111.7, median 105aaaaaaaaaaaC-USA average 121.5, median 93.5
Sun Belt average 234.7, median 212aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaWAC average 156.8, median 180
WAC average 201.7, median 226.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSun Belt average 234.8, median 220
Southland average 256.3, median 254aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSouthland average 253.9, median 254.5
C-USA average 67.7, median 63aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaC-USA average 67.7, median 63
Sun Belt average 109, median 93.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSun Belt average 109, median 93.5
Southland average 117.1, median 120aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSouthland average 112.4, median 114
WAC average 148, median 140aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMWC average 124.6, median 129
Mountain West average 136, median 150.5aaaaaaaaaaaaWAC average 130.6, median 133
MWC average 124.6, median 109aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMWC average 112.1, median 103
C-USA average 138, median 137.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaC-USA average 138, median 137.5
WAC average 153.1, median 149.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaWAC average 129.8, median 146
SBC average 178.6, median 188aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSBC average 177.6, median 177
SLC average 209.9, median 208aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSLC average 190.8, median 206
women's basketball futureaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapre-realignment
C-USA average 137.3, median 127.5aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaC-USA average 137.3, median 127.5
Mountain West average 168.3, median 162aaaaaaaaaaMWC average 148.3, median 152
WAC average 209.3, median 195aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaWAC average 172, median 174
Sun Belt average 199.1, median 189aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSBC average 193, median 186
Southland average 231.1, median 251aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSLC average 242.1, median 262
C-USA average 84.1, median 44aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaC-USA average 84.1, median 44
Sun Belt average 88.1, median 92aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSun Belt average 88.1, median 92
MWC average 109.4, median 101aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMWC average 98.8, median 97.5
WAC average 153.8, median 152aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaWAC average 129.6, median 131
SLC average 156.6, median 170aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSLC average, 139.6, median 148
Looking at the totals I made for the 6 major revenue sports, it is clear the WAC is no longer what it was, though the same could be said for every conference that had to make a move. That is the nature of realignment. The BCS conferences always pick off the top tier of the next highest level, leaving them to repeattyhe process below them.
As for the WAC itself, and particularly UTA's move into it, I am still not certain. Yes, they are better than the SLC when they were in it. They may get football one day. The WAC went from being the second best non-BCS conference to the second worst (they are still ahead of the MAC schools). Meanwhile, both C-USA and the Sun Belt jumped ahead.C-USA gained in men's basketball, while the WAC once again slipped behind the Sun Belt. The Wac was and still is a worse baseball conference the the Sun Bellt and the Southland, though they are at least better now than the MWC, which was hurt by the TCU loss..
On the women's side, the WAC is better than the Sun Belt in volleyball and basketball, and better than the Southland in all three.
Yes, the WAC is somewhat better than our old home. But the increased travel costs don't make any sense, unless adding football is in the mix.