By Kenny Howell
This is part 7 of my College Football Preview. This time we will look at the Mountain West. Click the tag below the story that says "College Football Preview" to look at the preview sections.
It is, of course, Boise State's conference to lose. It always is. But I think the inaugural Mountain West Championship game will go to another school, San Diego State.
The Broncos have to travel to San Diego State late in the season, and the Aztecs are the only team that really have a chance of beating them in the conference. San Diego State returns 17 starters when you include kicking specialists from a 9-4 team. That's including explosive running back Adam Muema. Boise State only returns nine. I think the Aztecs get the win at home against the Broncos, and Boise State finishes conference play 7-1.
In addition to Boise State, San Diego State gets Fresno State at home. I think they get them too and finish conference play undefeated.
Fresno State should lose to Boise State as well and finish conference play with two losses.
San Diego State will host the Conference Championship game because they should be the highest ranked at the end of the season in the BCS. They end up the season sweep of Boise State for the Mountain West title.
Mountain West Mountain Division
1. Boise State (9-3) (7-1)
2. Utah State (6-6) (5-3)
3. Air Force (6-6) (4-4)
4. Wyoming (5-7) (3-5)
5. Colorado State (5-8) (3-5)
6. New Mexico (5-7) (2-6)
Mountain West West Division
1. San Diego State (10-2) (8-0)
2. Fresno State (8-4) (6-2)
3. Nevada (5-7) (4-4)
4. San Jose State (5-7) (3-5)
5. Hawaii (4-8) (3-5)
6. UNLV (2-10) (0-8)