The Mountain West will once again be on the national stage this season as Boise State looks unbeatable in the league. The conference looks lopsided according to our Mountain West football predictions. The Mountain division looks to be the strength of the conference and can help bolster Boise State’s chances at a New Year’s Six bowl.
The Broncos should face a good San Diego State team in the MWC Championship. The Aztecs have a favorable schedule and could be undefeated going to the MWC Championship Game. The Mountain West Championship Game will get a lot of eyes this season.
The Mountain West should have eight bowl teams this year furthering strengthening their reputation nationally.
2016 Predicted Records and Standings for Mountain West Football:
|RANK||MWC MOUNTAIN||W||L||CONF W||CONF L|
|35||Boise State Broncos||12||0||8||0|
|68||Utah State Aggies||9||3||7||1|
|65||Air Force Falcons||8||4||5||3|
|93||Colorado State Rams||6||6||4||4|
|98||New Mexico Lobos||6||6||4||4|
|RANK||MWC WEST||W||L||CONF W||CONF L|
|45||San Diego State Aztecs||11||1||7||1|
|91||San Jose State Spartans||6||6||5||3|
|95||Nevada Wolf Pack||6||6||4||4|
|118||Fresno State Bulldogs||2||10||1||7|
|115||Hawaii Rainbow Warriors||3||10||1||7|
2016 MOUNTAIN DIVISION PREVIEW
1. Boise State Broncos – QB Brett Rypien drew first-team all-conference last season as a freshman. He returns to lead a very talented, experienced offense. The defensive line has completed turned over and the secondary appears shaky. They’ve great at LB but will need the defense to gel so they don’t have to consistently win shootouts. The Broncos are going to be good and we predict an undefeated regular season.
2. Utah State Aggies –
3. Air Force Falcons – They’ve got a ton of experience coming back, especially on defense. After a trip to the conference championship game last season, the Falcons are hoping to repeat. The schedule doesn’t do them favors with the season ending at San Jose State and then hosting Boise State.
4. Colorado State Rams – Four wins to finish out the regular season sent the Rams to a bowl game. The extra bowl practices should help rebuild a team starting several new faces. Week 1 against rival Colorado could tell you how the season is going to go for Colorado State.
5. New Mexico Lobos – The Lobos went bowling last year for the first time in nearly a decade. The schedule sets up nicely for them to return to a bowl game. They need to continue the progress made last season and coach Bob Davie can be building a future contender in Albuquerque.
6. Wyoming Cowboys – The defense is a weak spot. They’re going to try to run the ball and keep the defense on the sideline as much as possible. They’ve got to find a balance to scoring and not exposing the defense too much to improve on a 2-10 2015 season.
Play the free SportsFormulator College Football Pick ‘Em and win prizes weekly this season! Sign up now!
2016 WEST DIVISION PREVIEW
1. San Diego State Aztecs – The Aztecs are coming off a record setting 11 win season in 2015. Donnel Pumphrey at RB will carry the load for San Diego State. This team is experienced and could head to the conference championship undefeated. Hopes are and should be high in San Diego.
2. San Jose State Spartans – The Spartans are experienced and have depth. They’re more talented than people think and get a chance to prove it early with games at Tulsa, Utah and at Iowa State. Confidence will be high if they can get two of those three before entering conference play.
3. Nevada Wolf Pack – The Pack looks to improve on back-to-back 7-6 seasons. They’ve got to find a way to keep the lead in the fourth quarter and close out wins. If they do, the schedule has the toughest teams coming to Rent.
4. UNLV Rebels – Tony Sanchez has people believing in Vegas. He thinks he’s got the talent but they’ve got to figure out how to win the close games. If they can, a bowl isn’t out of the question but it’s probably a year away.
5. Fresno State Bulldogs – The Bulldogs played a brutal 2015 schedule. That led to a 3-9 season with several freshman playing. They have experience now but the schedule is again difficult. Special teams have to improve after they allowed five return touchdowns last season.
6. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors – The Rainbow Warriors will be road warriors this season. Coach Nick Rolovich has shaken things up, trying to reverse the five straight losing season in Hawaii. It’s hard to see these changes converting into wins this season but after a 3 win year, it can at least foster hope.
2016 Mountain West Championship Game
San Diego State vs. Boise State
2016 Mountain West Champions
Boise State Broncos
Get bowl projections, preseason All-Americans and more in our 2016 College Football Preview.