2012 Mountain West Football Projections

By: Maize_in_Spartyland

 

Now just 16 days from the beginning of college football, its time to unveil the 2012 Mountain West Conference projections! On Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 PM EST, the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels kick off their season, hosting the Minnesota Golden Gophers. On Friday, August 31at 8:00 PM EST, on ESPN, the Boise State Broncos travel to East Lansing to take on the defending Big Ten-Legends Division Champion, the Michigan State Spartans.

 

On Saturday, the remaining Mountain West teams are in action. The Wyoming Cowboys travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns. At 2:00 PM EST, the Air Force Falcons host FCS Idaho State Bengals. One hour later, the Nevada Wolfpack begin their first season in the Mountain West, traveling to the California Golden Bears, helping them to celebrate the re-dedication of Memorial Stadium. At 4:00 PM EST, the Rocky Mountain Showdown takes place, with the Colorado State Rams and the Colorado Buffaloes meeting at Denver’s Mile High Stadium. The New Mexico Lobos begin their first season under Coach Bob Davie, against the FCS Southern Jaguars at 5:00 PM EST. At 7:30 PM EST, the USC Trojans open the season with high hopes, against the Hawaii Warriors; Coach Norm Chow makes his debut against a former team he was offensive coordinator for. Fresno State Bulldogs and San Diego State Aztecs play in the night cap, at 10:00 PM EST, against FCS Weber State Wildcats and the Washington Huskies, respectively.

Projected

Team

Overall

Conference

1

Nevada

(11-1)

(8-0)

2

Boise State

(10-2)

(7-1)

3t

San Diego State

(7-5)

(5-3)

3t

Air Force

(8-4)

(5-3)

5t

Wyoming

(7-5)

(4-4)

5t

Colorado State

(4-8)

(4-4)

5t

Fresno State

(6-6)

(4-4)

8

Hawaii

(4-8)

(2-6)

9

UNLV

(1-12)

(1-7)

10

New Mexico

(2-11)

(0-8)

 

Meet the favorites . . .

 

(1) Nevada Wolfpack

Plain and simple, Chris Ault is Nevada football. The former quarterback for the Wolfpack led the transition from Division II to Division I, ultimately landing the Wolfpack in the Mountain West. Ault has led the Wolfpack to seven straight bowl games, averaging 7.8 wins per season while in the WAC, while that may not seem like many wins, keep in mind the Wolfpack have averaged 5.4 wins per season in conference play during that time. As weak as the WAC has been in recent years, the Mountain West simply isn’t much stronger, this year, than the WAC has been in the past. After the top two teams, there is quite the separation. Expect the Wolfpack to post at least six wins in conference, if not more.

 

(2) Boise State Broncos

How many teams can call a 10-2 year a rebuilding year? The Broncos enter the season with huge losses on both sides of the ball, with players like DL Shea McClellin, RB Doug Martin, DL Tyrone Crawford, S George Iloka, DL Billy Winn, and OL Nate Potter being drafted into the NFL. That doesn’t include the loss of record-setting QB Kellen Moore. The wide receiving corps might be the most veteran part of Boise State, arguably a weakness last season. Luckily for the Broncos, they don’t face Nevada till the end of the season, giving them a great shot at winning the Mountain West. The opener against Michigan State will likely end their streak of 6 straight wins against BCS opponents.

 

(3) San Diego State Aztecs

The loss of Kellen Moore for Boise State is tough, but the loss of Ryan Lindley for the Aztecs might actually be a larger impact. Lindley threw for over 20 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons, earning his spot with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. While the wide receiving corps is largely intact, the quarterback position is now one of concern, which could lead to the Aztecs scrambling to get to bowl eligibility, especially with not playing New Mexico. San Diego State played Army close last year, ultimately eeking out the win. Expect a loss to open the season against Washington, and possibly against San Jose State.

 

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