The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Mountain West Conference 

Next up, we take a look at a conference that isn’t always considered among the elite.

Sure, the SEC, the Pac 12, and the Big 10 get all the attention, but the Mountain West plays second fiddle to no one!

I think it’s pretty obvious that this conference is clearly more like 6th or 7th fiddle.

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

1. Boise State Broncos    

Predicted finish: 10-2   

Boise State went just 9-4 last season, including back to back losses at home to New Mexico and Air Force. But I expect the Broncos to bounce back this year, much like the ducks that bounce off of their blue field, thinking it is water.

2. Air Force Falcons

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Falcons should be very competitive, as they return 14 starters from a team that went 8-6, and made it to the Mountain West Conference Championship game. Air Force will be led by running back Timothy McVeigh, who scored 13 touchdowns in 2015, and is in no way related to the Oklahoma City bomber. We’re pretty sure.

3. Colorado State Rams

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Rams will be playing their final season in Hughes Stadium this year, before moving to their new facility, and head coach Mike Bobo is hoping that every seat will be filled this season to pay tribute to the teams of the past. Based on the history of CSU going .500 for the most part, I’d say the stadium should only be half full.

4. Wyoming Cowboys   

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Cowboys finished 2-10 last year under second year head coach Craig Bohl. But Bohl knows what he’s doing, and has proven it by winning three national championships when he was at North Dakota State. So Wyoming fans just need to be patient. I mean, it isn’t like there’s anything else to do in Wyoming anyway.

5. Utah State Aggies

Predicted finish: 6-6

The Aggies will see a number of changes this season, including new coordinators on both sides of the ball. And a number of new players will be getting playing time this year. And the schedule will be significantly easier this year. So this is really a year of transition for Utah State. Except for the whole being a middle of the pack team in a middle of the pack conference. That doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

6. New Mexico Lobos

Predicted finish: 4-8   

Somehow Bob Davies managed to get the Lobos to actually win seven games and reach a Bowl Game last year. Quite frankly, we aren’t sure if he has sold his soul to the Dark Lord himself or what, but the Lobos could be bowl bound again this year. Nevermind eternal damnation, New Mexico would like to go to the New Mexico Bowl again!

West Division

1. San Diego State Aztecs   

Predicted finish: 11-1

The Aztecs went 11-3 last year, winning the MWC Championship, and the Hawaii Bowl. And with 14 returning starters they are primed to be even better this season. If they can get past an early date with California, and not trip up in conference, there is a chance they could find themselves playing in…gasp!…the…Arizona Bowl!

2. Nevada Wolfpack    

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Nevada had the most proficient offense in the country when they ran the Pistol back in 2005. Since then, they have slowly been taking steps backward each year. And last season, they averaged just 164.5 passing yards per game. Is Jeff Fisher coaching this offense?

3. San Jose State Spartans   

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Spartans are hanging their hopes this season on returning starting senior quarterback Kenny Potter, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. But just so we’re clear, Potter is six foot two and a whopping 208 pounds. So San Jose State is hitching their wagon to a kid that makes Steph Curry look like The Rock.

4. UNLV Runnin Rebels

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Head coach Tony Sanchez did an amazing job changing the Rebs from doormat to a high energy team that is capable of scoring points. Unfortunately the UNLV defense allows opponents to score quicker than a Vegas call girl, and without the STDs!

5. Fresno State Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Fresno State defense allowed 446 yards and 38 points per game last year. So seeing the Bulldogs on the schedule is kind of like getting a date with a Kardashian. You aren’t going to have to work that hard, and I think we all know how the night is going to end.

6. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors       

Predicted finish: 2-10

The Rainbow Warriors go to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and are even playing Cal-Berkeley in Sydney, Australia, because just traveling from Hawaii to the West Coast wasn’t challenging enough. They will be travelling nearly 47 thousand miles this year. I guarantee they will sleep through at least one game due to jet lag.


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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The Colorado Rockies mercifully ended their season on Sunday finishing 68-94 and dead last in the National League West.
  • As bad as they were, the Rockies weren’t without a bright spot.
  • Third baseman Nolan Arenado led the league in RBI’s (130) and finished tied for first in the National League for most home runs with 42.
  • Arenado is also the first Colorado player to lead the majors in RBIs since Andres Galarraga drove in 150 in 1996.
  • Arenado, just 24, was named National League Player of the Month for September. In 28 games, Arenado hit .339 (38-for-112) and led the majors with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 79 total bases. His 38 hits led the National League, while his .705 slugging percentage ranked second.
  • Which leaves us to play a little game called “Where will Nolan Arrenado end up when the Rockies cut salary and trade him in two or three years?”
  • I’m going to say Tampa Bay. They should have some money laying around.
  • But I suppose Oakland is a possibility too. And Arenado is a California kid.
  • Oh I know.
  • “They would never do that! He is a bright young talent! He is their future!”
  • Tell that to Troy Tulowitzki.
  • Or Dexter Fowler.
  • Or Ubaldo Jimenez.
  • Or Matt Holliday.
  • On Saturday the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, and University of Colorado college football teams were beaten by a combined score of 53-107.
  • Which is kind of funny, because the local media keeps telling us every year how this is finally the year that Colorado and Colorado State are really going to be special.
  • In fact, last week one of the big talking points on Denver sports radio was “When Colorado upsets Oregon should their fans storm the field?”
  • This is the equivalent of me trying to plan how I will accept the Republican Presidential Nomination.
  • Or… you know…Donald Trump planning how to accept it.
  • I understand the limitations that the Air Force Academy has with athletics. And I root for those kids. Getting to play football is the easiest, and honestly most meaningless, part of their day.
  • But when I see programs like Utah and Boise State able to compete with the big boys it makes me wonder why our state schools are so snakebitten.
  • Maybe the Buffs and Rams need to bring back Bill McCartney and Sonny Lubick.
  • Hey, it worked for Kansas State.
  • Bill Snyder is older than Mac and Sonny combined and Kansas State is at least competitve every season.
  • That old vampire clearly feeds on the blood of the youth and he is still going at a high level.
  • I wonder if Peyton Manning has looked into that?

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • We are entering what I think is the most beautiful time of the year here in Denver.
  • The leaves are turning from green to gold. The days are warm. The nights are cool.
  • The Denver Broncos are in full swing.
  • And we don’t have to watch the Colorado Rockies much longer.
  • Ahh yes, there is nothing like fall in the Mile High City.
  • Did you hear there is going to be an ESPN 30 for 30 profiling former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney?
  • McCartney has some controversial views, but he was the man that was solely responsible for bringing about one of the greatest eras in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • And by “one of” I mean “the only” significant era in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • Decades and decades of 6-5 don’t really count as “significant”. Sorry.
  • The Broncos are now 3-0 but I keep hearing the experts saying that the Broncos can’t possibly win with Peyton Manning at the helm.
  • “He is too old and he looks to be in constant pain when he throws the ball.”
  • They might be right.
  • Of course they are the same people telling us that Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Tannehill were the future of NFL quarterbacking.
  • And forgive me for my skepticism but I saw Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Mark Rypien win Super Bowls.
  • Don’t tell me it can’t happen.
  • And this defense is good.
  • Speaking of things that don’t make sense.
  • I guess I could go all kinds of different places in the sports world with that segue, couldn’t I?
  • But I was referring to the Chicago Bears facing the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
  • Former Broncos coach John Fox had his Bears “really battling” against the NFC Champs from the past two seasons.
  • The undermanned Bears finally succumbed 26-0.
  • Except, they didn’t even try to compete.
  • The Bears had 10 possessions in the game. They punted all 10 times.
  • They finished with 146 total yards.
  • They had no intention of winning.
  • They were simply in a battle to run out the clock and finish the game.
  • Good to see John Fox recycling his old gameplan from last season when the Broncos faced the Colts.

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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The Denver Broncos have somehow found a way to win back-to-back games and start off the season 2-0 despite not getting much offense.
  • Imagine if this offensive line ever learns how to block.
  • Fans have been complaining that Peyton Manning gives up too easily when he is about to be sacked.
  • I would like to present the jury with the following items of evidence that he should continue to lay down on his own without being hit.
  • Item #1: Have you seen him run? I’ve seen a pregnant giraffe with more athleticism.
  • Item #2: Tony Romo
  • I have also heard a number of fans giving Chiefs head coach Andy Reid a hard time about not kneeling on the ball at the end of the half and the game.
  • At some point, don’t your players have to do something right?
  • Reid has always been horrible with clock management but he can’t actually put two hands on the football for Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles experiement with head coach Chip Kelly is clearly over. I mean, did you see the Eagles yesterday?
  • They can’t pass but at least they can’t run either.
  • So now they are two whole games behind the Cowboys who have lost both Dez Bryant and Romo and one game behind the Kirk Cousins-led team from Washington.
  • With only 14 games to go.
  • Okay, Chip Kelly might not be done quite yet.
  • Sorry I got caught up watching too much ESPN.
  • Did you see Colorado beat Colorado State in the “Rocky Mountian Showdown”?
  • Oh, you’re the one.
  • I tried to find that game with my local cable provider. It was sandwiched between “BBC: Bad Teeth of the Brits” and the “Cupcake Contest” channel.
  • I heard that after Alabama lost to Ole Miss people in Alabama have decided that Bama head coach Nick Saban is slipping.
  • I mean, they haven’t played for a championship in what? Nine months?
  • Must be tough.
  • Here in Colorado we haven’t even been to a meaningful bowl game in like 13 years. You don’t hear us complaining.
  • As long as we have the Broncos to watch.
  • I like to compare the Rocky Mountain Showdown to the the Dungeons & Dragons World Championship.
  • Yes you may have won, but trust me, you’re still a loser.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The NFL season is now underway and I think I have the league all figured out.
  • The Buffalo Bills and the St Louis Rams are headed to Super Bowl 50.
  • Peyton Manning can no longer play and should have retired 10 years ago.
  • Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota has the release of Marino, the poise of Montana, and the face of an angel.
  • The Seattle Seahawks are finished and will never be heard from again.
  • And the Oakland Raiders are still bad.
  • Of course Peyton Manning did face one of the top defenses from a year ago in a new offensive system and a rebuilt offensive line.
  • And Mariota will be the second coming of Joe Montana provided he can face the Buccaneers every single week.
  • And the Seahawks will probably get Kam Chancellor back, figure out their offensive line situation, and they will be right back in the playoffs.
  • And the Raiders are still bad.
  • By the way, the reason that Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and Bengals defensive back Adam “Pac Man” Jones weren’t disciplined after their plays on Sunday is because the league is afraid that their rulings would be overturned anyways.
  • And also because Suh is going to face Tom Brady twice this season.
  • And they are looking at two birds with one stone, if you know what I mean.
  • Big college football game here in Denver on Saturday as the University of Colorado faces off against their rival Colorado State.
  • And when I say “big” I mean big to the students and alumni of both schools and literally to no one else on the planet.
  • Both football programs are mediocre and have been for some time now.
  • Welterweight champion boxer Floyd Mayweather beat Andre Berto on Saturday night and has now retired at 49-0 matching former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and he tied Joe Louis with his 26th world title victory.
  • Mayweather says he is content with that record and will never fight again.
  • You believe him, right?
  • By the way, if you paid for that horrible fight against an overmatched Berto, I have some ocean front property in Aurora to sell you.
  • What am I saying? If you actually paid for that fight you can’t read this anyway.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • You just completed your final weekend without either major college or professional football for the year.
  • Say “hello” to not getting anything done on the weekends until spring.
  • We get some really good college football games already this first weekend. TCU vs Minnesota, Washington vs. Boise State, Louisville vs. Auburn, Arizona State vs. Texas A&M, and Wisconsin vs. Alabama are a pretty good slate for the Week 1.
  • There seem to be three or four major college football stories to follow this season.
  • Can Ohio State repeat as National Champions?
  • Can Jim Harbaugh return Michigan to dominance?
  • Can the SEC return to it’s traditional spot atop the college football world by winning another National Championship?
  • Can we combine the rosters of Colorado, Colorado State, and Air Force to make one team that could even get ranked?
  • Okay, that last one might not be on the national radar.
  • Probably just mine.
  • A week after trying to get Robert Griffin III killed, the Washington Redskins have announced that he will be benched for the always average Kirk Cousins.
  • When Griffin’s head clears he’s going to be really mad.
  • Did you see American golfer Brian Harman made not one but two holes-in-one in his final round at The Barclays, which was won by Jason Day?
  • Harman finished 30th in the final standings.
  • He may never be one of the great players of all time but you can’t take those two plays away from him.
  • He’s like Eli Manning.
  • Do you know how hard it is to play quarterback in the NFL?
  • Matt Cassel, Kellen Clemens, and Matt Schaub all still have jobs.
  • You barely have to do anything productive and if you can do even a mediocre job you have job security.
  • There aren’t many jobs like that.
  • Maybe a meteorologist.
  • Or a politician.

The Daly Dose Sports Mountain West Conference college football preview

Yes I realize that the Mountain West is not one of the Power 5 conferences but we at the Daly Dose believe that sometimes it is important to help the less fortunate. So we will provide a MWC preview and attempt to write it off on our taxes as a donation to the needy. Enjoy!

Mountain West

Team Predicted finish Outlook
Mountain

Boise State Broncos

11-1 Boise State went 12-2 last season under first year head coach Bryan Harsin and they are poised to be just as good if not better in 2015. They key will be a very difficult schedule in September. If they can manage that; they could be a dark horse title contender. It isn’t all good news though as the Broncos field has some sort of fungus that turned their grass an ugly shade of blue.
Utah State Aggies 10-2 Utah State? Yes, Utah State. They actually return a good amount of talent from a team that went 10-4 despite a number of key injuries. Now if they would just stop getting hurt maybe they would win some games against top competition. Are you listening Aggie trainers? This is on YOU!
Air Force Falcons 9-3 Sure, they look like a junior varsity lining up against the varsity every single game but they also seem to manage to win one for the little guys. And the Falcons should soar this year on offense. At least until those Navy boys shoot them down again.
Colorado State Rams 7-5 Former head coach Jim McElwain transferred a 22-17 record into an SEC job at the University of Florida. But never fear Ram fans, because former University of Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has now taken the helm. And he should do a reasonably good job for two or three seasons before he goes back down south too.
Wyoming Cowboys 6-6 Head coach Craig Bohl is in the process of putting together a disciplined and tough program that should contend for Mountain West crowns in the future. How tough are these kids? Most of them actually live in Laramie, Wyoming!
New Mexico Lobos 4-8 Former Notre Dame head coach and ESPN announcer Bob Davie came out of retirement to take over the Lobos program four years ago and after going 11-26 so far at UNM is now making a strong case for staying retired.
West

San Diego State Aztecs

7-5 The Aztecs stout defense gives them a chance to win every game on their schedule. And considering the STDs that this university has been known to have running rampant on their campus it’s kind of ironic that their team wins games by telling your offense “no”.
Nevada Wolfpack 5-7 Nevada is one of those teams that you rarely get to see but they are a pretty fun group to watch. The Wolf Pack have a solid running back in senior Don Jackson and defensive end Ian Seau is the nephew of late NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau. And you still aren’t going to watch them. I think we both know that, don’t we?
Fresno State Bulldogs 4-8 Fresno State went 6-6 last season, qualified for the Mountain West Championship, and went to a bowl game. The Bulldogs basically got rewarded for being average. What is this, America or something? Oh yeah, it is.
San Jose State Spartans 4-8 With the recruiting classes that head coach Ron Caragher is putting together the future could be bright at San Jose State. And by future I do not mean this season. But maybe later. Some other time. But not now.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 3-9 Hawaii plays Colorado, Ohio State, and Wisconsin out of conference this season which will make it very tough for the Rainbow Warriors to gain much momentum. But they will get significant paychecks for those opponents which will help when they have to buy out head coach Norm Chow’s contract after another disappointing season.
UNLV Runnin Rebels 1-11 UNLV made some news when they bypassed June Jones, Jim Fassel, and Houston Nutt in favor of hiring Bishop Gorman high school coach Tony Sanchez. It will be an adjustment for Sanchez who will have to get used to lesser facilities, not to mention lesser players, than he had at the high school level.

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