The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Mountain Division Sneak Peek


Freshmen are coming to campus and media days are looming on the horizon. With college football magazines already on the shelves, it’s time for more predictions. This week we will be taking a look at the Mountain Division.

Good:

Boise State

Not only do the Broncos have a new head coach in Andy Avalos, they also have the toughest schedule in program history. Boise will travel to Orlando to take on UCF and Provo to take on BYU. The Broncos will also host a team from Oklahoma State which is expected to be very well ranked. As for the conference schedule, the Broncos will host the Air Force, Wyoming and Nevada in their toughest home games. They also have to travel to California twice to face the states of San Diego and Fresno. A double-digit season would be a smash hit. I think 10-2 is possible, but 9-3 is more likely.

Wyoming

If we’re being honest, Wyoming’s non-conference schedule is a joke, and anything below 4-0 against Connecticut, Ball State, Montana State and Northern Illinois will be a failure. The Cowboys must travel to Boise, San Jose and Colorado Springs. But with this schedule, 8-4 or 9-3 should be manageable.

Aviation

Falcons are another team with a manageable OOC schedule. They should have a chance to get started quickly against Lafayette, Navy, Utah State and Florida Atlantic. The conference schedule is a bit tougher with games in Boise State and Nevada. The Falcons are also scheduled to host the State of San Diego and Wyoming. I see them finish somewhere between 7-5 and 9-3.

The bad:

Colorado State

The Rams will be a dangerous team this year with some really talented players, but I think they will be far from a bowl team. Their non-conference schedule features some interesting games (South Dakota State, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Toledo), the Rams need to go at least 2-2. Their toughest conference games are at home (Boise State, Air Force, San Jose State) and they’ll need an upset or two to get in the bowl. I think the Rams end up somewhere between 4-8 and 6-6

New Mexico

The Lobos have an interesting program. If they can beat New Mexico State, they have an excellent chance of going 3-1 in OOC. But, there aren’t many opportunities for conference wins. 4-8 sounds about right for New Mexico.

The ugly one:

State of Utah

The Aggies are lucky to have UNLV and New Mexico on their schedule because there aren’t many opportunities to win. They have the state of New Mexico and North Dakota in the OOC game, but neither of those games are a lock. The Aggies have secured some nice transfers, but they will face the Lobos, hoping to avoid the last ones on the mountain. 4-8 is a solid guess for the Aggies.

That’s all for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”. Next week, we’ll take a look at the West Division teams. How do you see things unfolding at the Mountain? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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