Daly Dose #140 Our Fifty States Tour Part 2

This week on the Daly Dose, we continue our trek across the nation, with the second half of our 50 States Tour!

We continue touring these United States, looking at the best athletes, the greatest sports moments, and the most disappointing moments for each state!

Last week in Part 1, we went from Alabama to Missouri.

In Part 2, we start back up again in Montana, we stop in each state, all the way through to Wyoming. What state has produced NBA rivals from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors? What Ohio State athlete ruined the day of an infamous dictator? Are the Dallas Cowboys the source of the worst moment in Texas sports history? And is the state of Pennsylvania the greatest producer of NFL quartebacks in history?

We answer all of these questions, and much, much more on our 50 States Tour finale!

Listen here to Episode #140 Our Fifty States Tour Part 2!

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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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Coming on Thursday: the Daly Dose Pac 12 preview!

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.

Did you miss our Independent Preview?

Tomorrow we preview the Pac 12!