College Football News Predicts Mountain West Bowl Games

College Football News Predicts Mountain West Bowl Games Where does CFN predict for Mountain West bowl games? Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Bowl projection season is here It is now magazine and preview season which includes among many …

College Football News Predicts Mountain West Bowl Games


Where does CFN predict for Mountain West bowl games?


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Bowl projection season is here

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It is now magazine and preview season which includes among many things: bowl projections. So, before we get to our own preseason bowl guesses because in June that is what these really are, but fun regardless.

One of our USA TODAY partners is College Football News and we will go through their bowl projections for the Mountain West for this upcoming season.

2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup

The teams that are chosen for a bowl game are Air Force, Boise State, Utah State, Colorado State, Fresno State, and San Diego State.

It is a little bit shocking that Wyoming is left out of the bowl projections as they have always been a consistent team to go to the post season. They are losing some offense and a lot of players to the transfer portal this past offseason, plus a few defenders are now in the NFL.

Also, no San Jose State likely means in their thinking that Brent Brennan won’t have a bounce-back year to go bowling after a 2021 season that saw injuries to its quarterback and a defense that took a step back.

On the flip side, Jay Norvell is getting a lot of credit as Colorado State’s next head coach by coming over from Nevada would. be a nice surprise for Rams fans. Colorado State was actually close to a bowl game last year with a few bad hiccups under Steve Addazio.

Norvell is a coaching upgrade so combine that with the talent already in Fort Collins plus the Nevada players going West, this team has a good shot at going to a bowl game.

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
2:15, ESPN
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Last Year: Fresno State 31, UTEP 24
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs AAC, C-USA, MAC or Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Air Force vs UTSA

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
3:30, ABC
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Last Year; Utah State 24, Oregon State 13
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Boise State vs UCLA

Frisco Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
9:15, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Last Year: San Diego State 38, UTSA 24
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: Tulsa vs Utah State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
3:30, ESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
Last Year: Wyoming 52, Kent State 38
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Colorado State vs Miami University

Easyport Hawaii Bowl

Saturday, December 24, 2022
8:00, ESPN
Clarence TC Ching Complex, Honolulu, HI
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Florida Atlantic vs Fresno State

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2022
4:30, Barstool
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Toledo vs San Diego State


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2020 Mountain West Football Bowl Projections

First attempt at the Mountain West bowl lineups

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2020 Mountain West Football Bowl Projections


Ten momths away from bowl games, sure let’s predict them.


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Some super early preseason fun

Yes, the bowl games are 10 months away but let’s have some offseason fun and try to predict where these Mountain West teams will go bowling. There are at least six bowl spots for the Mountain West and the option for more with the Cheeze-It Bowl being a backup or if the Mountain West champion goes to a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.

To figure out these bowl projections this early is to use our staff’s way-too-early power rankings and for the New Year’s Six spot for a Group of Five team we used a composite of the major preseason top 25 rankings to find the highest rated G5 team.

That composite that includes G5 teams has Cincinnati as the highest Group of Five team with Boise State close behind. So, this first one will not include a Mountain West team in a big money bowl game.

These bowl projections are a whole lot of fun to speculate nearly a year out so take these projections with that in mind before yelling at us on Twitter or Facebook.


A few notes about the bowl lineups. There is a new bowl lineup for 2020-26 with one game sort of a TBD with a game in the Dallas area. That game looks to be the Frisco Bowl (that is what FBSchedules.com has listed) which is in that Dallas region. The opponent is not locked down as the leagues mentioned are the American, C-USA and MAC; so, we will just toss some random team in this initial prediction.

The Las Vegas Bowl is no more and it is basically shifting the same matchup to the new Los Angeles Bowl at SoFi Stadium.

The Hawaii Bowl is also a weird option as it is a three-team mess with AAC and C-USA plus Hawaii. As usual, it makes the most sense that the Hawaii Bowl will host Hawaii if they are not in a New Year’s Six game.

Finally, if the Mountain West is the highest-rated team in the College Football Playoff then a New Year’s Six Bowl game.

  • College Football Playoff/New Year’s Six Bowl
  • Los Angeles (Bowl name TBA) vs. Pac-12, Los Angeles
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC, Boise, Idaho
  • New Mexico Bowl vs. C-USA, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. MAC, Tucson, Ariz.
  • SoFi Hawai’i Bowl vs. AAC or C-USA, Honolulu
  • Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl vs. AAC, C-USA, AAC
  • Cheez-It® Bowl vs. Big Ten or Big 12, Phoenix (MW is an alternate)

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2020 Mountain West Bowl Tie-Ins

2020 Mountain West Bowl Tie-Ins Where will MW teams go bowling? Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire New bowl games in 2020 The Mountain West has a new set of bowl matchups and locations starting in 2020. The Las Vegas Bowl is no more as the top …

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2020 Mountain West Bowl Tie-Ins


Where will MW teams go bowling?


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New bowl games in 2020

The Mountain West has a new set of bowl matchups and locations starting in 2020. The Las Vegas Bowl is no more as the top bowl game for the conference and that is replaced by the new Los Angeles Bowl that will get the No. 1 pick as well as face the No. 7 Pac-12 team.

Mountain West Bowl Partners, 2020-2026

  • College Football Playoff/New Year’s Six Bowl
  • Los Angeles (Bowl name TBA) vs. Pac-12, Los Angeles
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC, Boise, Idaho
  • New Mexico Bowl vs. C-USA, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. MAC, Tucson, Ariz.
  • SoFi Hawai’i Bowl vs. AAC or C-USA, Honolulu
  • ESPN Events-operated bowl, likely in Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex
  • Cheez-It® Bowl vs. Big Ten or Big 12, Phoenix (MW is an alternate)

“We’re very pleased with our bowl lineup for the next cycle,” Commissioner Craig Thompson said. “We feel we have an exceptional group of bowl partners. We’re adding a game at the new, state-of-the-art stadium in Los Angeles, which is very exciting.

“Plus, we’ll be in some familiar locations with many long-time bowl partners. These partnerships are going to provide the Mountain West with attractive bowl destinations, exciting matchups and an improved financial situation for our members.”

The lineup is pretty similar compared to the past few years as are the opponents. Having a bowl in Dallas and Los Angeles is great for recruiting to have a presence in those areas.

It would be nice if there was one or two more games vs. a Power 5 opponent but that is the way things are with P5 teams wanting to face their own kind

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Mountain West Football: Bowl Season Winners and Losers

We look at the biggest winners and losers from the Mountain West’s seven bowl games.

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Mountain West Football: Bowl Season Winners and Losers


We look back to take stock of the biggest winners and losers from the Mountain West’s seven bowl games.


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Some encouragement and some letdowns from the postseason that was.

Well, it had to end sometime.

The Mountain West wrapped up bowl season with a 4-3 record and certainly brought with it a great deal of excitement. While it’s naive to tease out a lot of meaning from what amounts to seven exhibitions, we can still look back one last time to see who stood out and who might be thinking a lot about what might have been in the long off-season.

Here are Mountain West bowl season’s winners and losers.

Winners

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl – Utah State wide receiver Siaosi Mariner. He didn’t get all that much attention in the vacuum to replace all of last year’s pass-catching star power, but Mariner’s bowl performance — seven catches, 113 yards, two touchdowns — helped to put a bow on what was arguably the best season by an Aggie wide receiver in the last ten years.

New Mexico Bowl – San Diego State running back Jordan Byrd. The Aztecs thumping Central Michigan was easily the most surprising result of the Mountain West’s bowl season, but the most pleasant part of that surprise was the surge from a running game that often scuffled in 2019.

Byrd, making a return home to his native New Mexico, finally put up the kind of numbers (17 carries, 139 yards and a touchdown) we’d been accustomed to seeing from San Diego State in years past, providing a glimmer of encouragement that, along with a young receiving corp, the pieces are in place to make a leap forward next fall.

Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl – Boise State defensive end Chase Hatada.  A lot of things weren’t pretty in the desert, but the senior Hatada finished his collegiate career with perhaps his finest effort. While Curtis Weaver was relatively quiet against Washington, Hatada finished with six tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks.

SoFi Hawaii Bowl – Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald. Despite being briefly benched for some reason, McDonald put on an aerial show that rivaled some of the best performances of Hawaii quarterbacks past. In the process, he set the new Mountain West record for passing yards in a bowl game by throwing for 493 yards and four touchdowns on 28-of-46 pass attempts. It seems almost certain, then, that something will have to give in the Warriors’ ongoing quarterback shuffle, but we’ll probably have to wait until summer to learn more.

Cheez-It Bowl – Air Force running back Kadin Remsberg. Tailbacks in the Falcons offense don’t often receive a typical RB1 workload, but if anyone doubted that Remsberg had played at an all-conference level for two straight years before Air Force’s win over Washington State, consider that doubt removed.

Remsberg’s 26 carries were both a career high and the most by a Falcons runner this year and he made them count, rushing for 178 yards and a late touchdown that sealed the deal against the Cougars.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl – Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay. Well, this one is an easy call. Any time someone accounts for nearly 300 yards of total offense like Valladay did against Georgia State (204 yards rushing and 7.8 yards per attempt, 91 receiving yards on three receptions, and two touchdowns), that someone is definitely a winner.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Nevada wide receiver Elijah Cooks. Like Mariner, Cooks quietly put together a strong 2019 and saved the best for last. While the Wolf Pack may have come up short against Ohio, you can’t place too much blame on the junior wide receiver, who finished with 14 catches, 197 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets.

Arizona Bowl, Wyoming vs. Georgia State: Game Preview, TV, Radio Schedule, Livestream, Odds, More

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Arizona Bowl, Wyoming vs. Georgia State: Game Preview, TV, Radio Schedule, Livestream, Odds, More


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Strength vs. Strength?

Wyoming is taking the field for the first time since Nov. 30, gotta love the bowl layoffs, right? The Cowboys will be facing off against Georgia State who finished is 7-5 and hails from the Sun Belt.

The biggest and most odd scenario with this bowl game is the Wyoming quarterback situation. Sean Chambers has been out for a while with an injury but Tyler Vander Wall has entered the transfer portal but is still part of the team, or sort of is.

The ultimate decision ended with head coach Craig Bohl going with Williams and one has to think Bohl went that way since he will be back in 2020.

“We’ve had a great competition both with him and Tyler, and they’re both team players,” Bohl said. “We’ll see how the game unfolds, but we’ve made the determination going into this game that Levi is going to give us the best opportunity to win. Both of those two guys have played a lot of football, and we’ll utilize that. But right now, we’re going with Levi.”

This should not come as a surprise since Williams had been getting a lot more reps and slowly took over Vander Waal’s snaps and that is also what likely land to him entering the transfer portal.

With Williams at quarterback look back to the Air Force game where he earned most of the carries and was just so-so passing the ball by going 6 of 11 with a pick. His legs powered him to 79 yards with a long of 39.

Williams’ play is more closer to Chambers with the ground game being more successful than the air game, so that keeps the playbook inline with what the Cowboys have done all year.

WHO: Wyoming vs. Georgia State (Sun Belt)
WHERE: Arizona Stadium; Tucson, Arizona
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
STREAMING: FuboTV – Get a seven-day free trial
RADIO: Wyoming | Georgia State
GAME NOTES: Wyoming | Georgia State

Georgia State’s Key Players

1. QB Dan Ellington

The Panthers offense runs through Ellington, especially when he has good games. There is a correlation with Georgia State wins and Ellington’s ability to play well. This game could prove to be on the bad side since this Cowboys defense will be the toughest Georgia State will have played all year.

Part of the struggles are that early in the year, Ellington injured his knee and it was thought to be a torn ACL. The knee was injured but not to that exact, however, that ailment has limited Ellington’s running ability and has just -5 rushing yards on 21 attempts. The lack of running ability has made this offense go stale. Post-injury the Panthers are averaging just 21.7 points per game compared to the 36 points a game before. His passing game has taken a dip as well by not being able to put his full force of power behind his throws.

2. RB Tra Barnett

This is where the game might be won or lost for Georgia State. Barnett is the best running back in Panther’s history and depending on what he does in the bowl game will lead the Sun Belt in rushing yards. However, this defense will be one of the most difficult he has faced all year.

He is extremely fast and has averaged at least five yards per carry in nine games this season, including three games above 6.5 yards a carry. So, he is a player that the Cowboys defense will need to focus on if they want to get a win.

3. LB Trajan Stephens-McQueen

The Georgia State defense isn’t great but Stephens-McQueen is their star player. He had 100 tackles, seven for a loss, a sacks and had two interceptions. The Sun Belt was deep in that position and he missed the cut from being named all-league.

Against Army, Stephens-McQueen recorded 20 tackles and reached double-digit tackles four times this season. He is the leader of this defense as injuries took out linebacker Ed Curney and safety Remy Lazarus earlier this year.

 

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PODCAST: 2019 Mountain West Bowl Show Part 2

Get caught up with the latest Mountain West bowl news.

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PODCAST: 2019 Mountain West Bowl Show Part 2


A pair of recaps and a preview.


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Air Force, Hawaii come away with wins.

Jeremy flies solo once again to recap the Cheeze It and Hawaii Bowl, plus he previews the Arizona Bowl between Georgia State and Wyoming. In the bowl recaps it starts with Hawaii earning a 38-34 victory over BYU. The Warriors offense had a huge game throwing the ball from Cole McDonald who was turnover-free in the game.

The Warriors defense also stood out with three turnovers of their own. There was some technology issues in the game that could have made things a bit different but the bowl game was lacking the proper tech.

Air Force vs. Washington State lived up to the hype with the Falcons running at will and the Cougars offense slinging the ball quite well. Air Force had a classic 20-play, 12-plus minute drive that went over the first and second quarters for a touchdown. The Falcons defense also made a few big plays by stopping Washington State on multiple fourth downs.

We also preview the Arizona Bowl between Wyoming and Georgia State which will feature strength vs. strength with the Cowboys defense vs. the Panthers offense and vice versa with weakness vs. weakness. Also, there is some confusing information regarding Wyoming’s starting quarterback.

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2019 Arizona Bowl Expert Picks

Picks from across the internet for the Arizona Bowl between Georgia State and Wyoming.

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2019 Arizona Bowl Expert Picks


Find out who likes who between Georgia State and Wyoming


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Bowl game picks

The Arizona Bowl is a day time Tuesday afternoon game between Georgia State and Wyoming. The Cowboys are a seven-point favorite and below are picks from our staff and across the Internet.

Staff Picks

Arizona Bowl: Wyoming (-7) vs. Georgia State 

 

Jeremy: SU: Wyoming | ATS: Georgia State | Score: Wyoming 20, Georgia State 16

Josh F: SU: Georgia State | ATS: Georgia State | Score: Georgia State 27, Wyoming 14

Matt K.: SU: Wyoming | ATS: Georgia State | Score: Wyoming 24, Georgia State 13

Ted M: SU: Georgia State | ATS: Georgia State | Score: Georgia St. 30, Wyoming 21

Brandon T: SU/ATS: Wyoming 28 Georgia St 14

Roger Wyoming 24 Georgia State 18

Erik: SU/ATS: Georgia State

Sean: SU: Wyoming| ATS: Wyoming | Score: Georgia St. 13, Wyoming 24

USA TODAY

Five of the six go with Wyoming as the outright winner

Los Angeles Times

Wyoming 21, Georgia State 19

The Action Cookbook

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CBS Sports

ESPN

Both teams have wins against SEC opponents, as Wyoming beat Missouri and Georgia State stunned Tennessee in Knoxville. Wyoming has a clear edge on defense and at the line of scrimmage, ranking sixth nationally in rushing yards allowed and 27th in rushing offense. Craig Bohl’s team gets a lift from 1,000-yard rusher Xazavian Valladay against the nation’s 116th-ranked run defense. Wyoming’s defense contains quarterback Dan Ellington in the win.

Prediction: Wyoming 37, Georgia State 20

Athlon Sports

All three go with Wyoming.


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Arizona Bowl: A Georgia State Q&A With Scott Watkins

We learn more about the Wyoming Cowboys’ bowl opponent, the Georgia State Panthers, with Scott Watkins of Forgotten5.

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Arizona Bowl: A Georgia State Q&A With Scott Watkins


We learn more about the Wyoming Cowboys’ bowl opponent, the Georgia State Panthers, with Scott Watkins of Forgotten5.


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A quietly even bowl game.

College football’s bowl season is nearing its January stretch run and the Mountain West’s seven-game slate heads into its penultimate game when the Wyoming Cowboys and Georgia State Panthers face off in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Tuesday, December 31.

Amid the buzz of the College Football Playoff, you might be tempted to overlook this matchup. The Arizona Bowl has always tended to be a fun one, however, and both teams have shown a propensity to surprise this fall.

To learn more about the Panthers, we reached out to Scott Watkins of Forgotten5.

Mountain West Wire: One of the year’s biggest stories was Georgia State going to Neyland Stadium and defeating Tennessee back in Week 1, but can you describe the Panthers’ overall season after that?

Scott Watkins: Georgia State’s season was a long, winding road that was ultimately a success, though I don’t think the team will tell you that. Following the program-defining win over Tennessee, the Panthers quickly hit a crossroad after getting pummeled by Western Michigan and taking an overtime loss to Texas State.

They responded by rattling off four straight wins that included victories over Arkansas State and Army. Act III of the year began in Monroe with trap-game loss against the Warhawks. The Panthers would lose three of their last four games.

Most people who put out any prediction on GSU’s season had the Panthers losing a lot more than winning. The offense had some firepower but the defense was still a major work in progress, making GSU a longshot for a bowl game coming off a 2-10 season.

Yet, here they are. Bowling in Arizona.

MWwire: The Panthers definitely look like a team led by its offense and no one had a bigger impact than running back Tra Barnett. What strengths does he bring to the GSU backfield?

Watkins: It is very safe to say that Barnett is the best running back in GSU history. The senior broke pretty much every rushing record in the young Panther record book this year. Barnett also needs just under 100 yards in this game to become GSU’s first ever Sun Belt rushing champ.

Barnett has been a dangerous weapon because of his versatility. He’s strong for his size and work his way in between the tackles and has enough breakaway speed to reach the third level before the second level can react.

Most importantly, though, Barnett is consistent. Elliott has used anywhere from one to three different backs and Barnett is always heavily involved and producing at a high level. The back has averaged at least five yards per carry in nine games this season, including three games above 6.5 yards a carry.

MWwire: It certainly seems like the effectiveness of quarterback Dan Ellington has had a huge impact on the team’s fortunes, as well, with a 13% difference in completion rate and a 50-point difference in passer rating between wins and losses. What would you say has generally helped Ellington to perform at his best?

Watkins: The win/loss split is certainly eye-opening, but there is much more relevant split to take note of here: pre and post-injury Ellington. Act III began with perhaps the biggest story of the Panthers’ season. In the first half of the game at Louisiana-Monroe, Ellington left the contest with a leg injury. It was later revealed that he had torn his ACL and would be done for the year.

He’s not done. To everyone’s surprise, Ellington started the next game against Appalachian State. While an admirable effort and the most incredible display of toughness and heart I’ve ever seen in person, the full-powered Ellington just wasn’t there. The offense was limited because Ellington’s dual threat capabilities were non-existent and he lacked zip on his throws toward the sideline. Against the Mountaineers, he completed just 44 percent of his passes and tossed two picks.

In Ellington’s three starts since the injury, he has -5 rushing yards on 21 attempts. Without his running ability, the offense is susceptible to going stagnant. Post-injury Ellington’s Panthers are averaging just 21.7 points per game compared to the 36 points a game before. That’s a fairly large swing.

MWwire: I noticed that every GSU athlete named to the all-Sun Belt postseason three-deep played on offense, which I suspect means there have been some issues on defense. What has been the Panthers’ most persistent issue there and who do you think could have a big bowl game to fix it?

Watkins: Defense, as mentioned, has big a pesky thorn in the Panthers’ side for some time now. The unit bottomed out last year and, while it has shown flashed in 2019, is still a big problem.

It didn’t help that GSU lost its two best players on that side of the ball in linebacker Ed Curney and safety Remy Lazarus during the year, either. The Panthers are giving up 5.3 yards a pop on the ground (9th in SBC) and 8.5 yards an attempt through the air (10th) making it a two-pronged problem that has yet to be solved.

The no-doubt star of the defense now is linebacker Trajan Stephens-McQueen. The only reason he didn’t nab an All-Conference bid is because the Sun Belt is stacked at that position. The junior was one of eight players in the league to reach 100 tackles and added two interceptions, as well.

GSU will need a big performance out of Stephens-McQueen against Wyoming, which he is more than capable of doing. Against Army, Stephens-McQueen recorded 20 tackles and reached double-digit tackles four times this season.

MWwire: The Arizona Bowl has already built a reputation for hotly contested games in its short history. Do you believe this year’s iteration will be more of the same? How do you see the game generally unfolding?

Watkins: Bowl games are extremely difficult to predict and this one is no different. On paper, one would assume Wyoming has a clear edge with the phenomenal defense the Cowboys have been playing lined against a struggling Panther offense. I expect Elliott to come out with a few wrinkles to try and jump start the offense in different spots throughout the game. The biggest key is for the defense to simply keep GSU within striking distance, though. GSU is down, but if I’ve learned one thing about the Panthers this year, it’s that they certainly aren’t out.

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Mountain West Bowl Picks and Prediction

Find out what the best picks are?

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Mountain West Bowl Picks and Predictions


Bowl season is close to being underway.


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Bowl picking time!

Don’t let anyone tell you that the college football bowl season has too many games. There is a finite number of these contests and we must cherish them all so more bowl games the better.

Plus, it gives us another opportunity to make some bowl picks for Mountain West games since odds for the bowl games have been updated after being out for a few weeks.

Frisco Bowl: Utah State vs. Kent State (+5)

This one is a bit interesting since Utah State had a few players get in trouble with law enforcement as Jordan Love, Gerold Bright and Sean L. Carter were charged with possession of marijuana. There is no work on them not playing this game on Friday but if they play the Aggies should be able to top Kent State since Utah State has the better overall talent on the field.

Pick against the spread: Utah State

New Mexico Bowl: San Diego State vs Central Michigan (+3.5)

San Diego State is going to be led by its defense, no surprise there, but the really good news is that quarterback Ryan Agnew is expected to be healthy and ready to go in the bowl game this weekend against Central Michigan.

This is going to be a battle of the strengths as the Aztecs are allowing just 12.8 points per game and the Chips are putting up 31.9 points per game. Usually, the Aztec defense can slow down any attack and look for that to be the same.

Pick against the spread: San Diego State

Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Washington (-3.5) 

Washington head coach Chris Petersen is not happy his final game is against his former team. The Huskies were a preseason top 20 team but now that distinction belongs to the Broncos. The big question for Boise State is who will play at quarterback. Redshirt senior Jaylon Henderson was the third quarterback to start the year but he is now the starter and is 4-0 as a starter.

This Huskies team might be the best Henderson has faced and the Washington defense just might be able to find a way to slow down Henderson with a few weeks to prepare. Even with that time, the Boise State defense should be able to slow down a Washington offense that is 61st in yards per play.

Pick against the spread: Boise State

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. BYU (-1.5)

This one could go a lot of different ways because Hawaii sometimes plays to the level of competition, and BYU has been up and down but mostly up as of late. The Warriors have won low-scoring games like the 14-11 victory over San Diego State and have won shootouts like the 42-40 shootout vs. San Jose State.

BYU recently played San Diego State and managed just three points but that was against a really good Aztecs defense. Expect this game to have a decent amount of points as the Cougar offense has shown this year to put together some solid drives.

Pick against the spread: Hawaii

Cheez-It Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington State (+3)

This game is going to be one of the most interesting of all of the bowl seasons. The contrast of styles makes it a must-watch with the Falcons run-option attack vs. Mike Leach’s “air raid” attack. The Air Force defense will give up points and yards but its offense will counter that behind QB Donald Hammond III by controlling the time of possession.

Pick against the spread: Air Force

Arizona Bowl: Wyoming vs. Georgia State (+7.5)

Wyoming has an issue at quarterback as they are down to only Levi Williams as starter Sean Chambers is out and Tyler Vander Waal announced his intention to transfer. The Cowboys defense will keep them in any game and will do so against Georgia State. The Panthers do have an offense that will make it tough on the Cowboys with QB Dan Ellingtion who has a modest 21 touchdowns to seven picks, and also its running back Tra Barnnett who has 12 rushing touchdowns on 1,389 yards.

Pick against the spread: Georgia State

Idaho Potato Bowl: Nevada vs. Ohio (-7.5)

The Nevada Wolf Pack have been all over the board this year with multiple major blowouts or close games. It seems there is no real in-between. What will make this game difficult to win is that the Wolf Pack are down four starters who were involved in the altercation vs. UNLV in the season finale.

The Mountain West determined that defensive backs Austin Arnold and Daniel Brown, defensive lineman Hausia Sekona, and linebacker Gabriel Sewell were all in violation of the conference’s sportsmanship rule.

Arnold earned a two-game suspension, Brown and Sekona were each handed one-game suspensions, and Sewell will be suspended for one half.

Pick against the spread: Ohio

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What Mountain West Bowl Games Provide A Betting Value?

What Mountain West Bowl Games Provide A Betting Value? Not all bowl games are created equal. Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire What games earns your cash? The Mountain West bowl season is approaching quickly and the odds for the games have …

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What Mountain West Bowl Games Provide A Betting Value?


Not all bowl games are created equal.


Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire

What games earns your cash?

The Mountain West bowl season is approaching quickly and the odds for the games have fluctuated and finally have settled and with the lines fairly stable we will provide the best value of games to put a few bucks down for some college football betting. Since the betting season has started, we believe that this will be helpful for many of our readers.

There are seven Mountain West bowl games and we will rank these from the worst value to the best betting value in our opinion.

7. Frisco Bowl: Utah State vs. Kent State (+5)

This one would be much higher but with the news that a trio of Aggie players have been charged with possession of marijuana. There is no word yet on if Jordan Love, Gerold Bright and Sean L. Carter will play this Friday. If they play the five-point line seems like a good bet for the Aggies but now anyone looking to toss a few bucks may want to steer clear of this game.

6. Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. BYU (-1.5)

Former WAC rivals meet on Christmas Eve. This one could be tight but only if the BYU offense can make waves against a Warriors defense that is just so-so. This Warriors offense is arguably the best passing attack BYU has seen all year. However, the Hawaii offense can get placed in check against teams with decent to solid defenses.

Also, to consider is that BYU ended the season pretty good but the final game was poor performance against San Diego State where they scored three points. If that team shows up then Hawaii should win big but if the good BYU team that beat Boise State then this will be a close one.

5. Cheez-It Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington State (+3)

Talk about contrasting styles. The pass-happy Cougars attack against a Falcons ground game that is one of a kind. The Falcons being a favorite is a slight surprise but Air Force has 10 wins, a quarterback in Donald Hammond III that not only runs well but passes well. The Falcons defense does give up 7.5 yards per attempt and Washington State averages 8.0 yards per pass attempt. This game will come down to what defense makes a stop against the opposing teams strength.

4. Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Washington (-3.5) 

This will be an emotional game for Chris Petersen who is stepping down as the Huskies head coach and it might be a bit awkward for him to go up against his former team.

Nov 29, 2019; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Jaylon Henderson (9) and offensive lineman John Ojukwu (70) celebrate a score in the second quarter against the Boise State Broncos at Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There is no word on what quarterback will play for Boise State but Jaylon Henderson has been playing at a high level in his starts in the final third of the season. The Huskies were a preseason top 20 team so there is talent there but they have not met expectations.

3. Arizona Bowl: Wyoming vs. Georgia State (+7.5)

The confidence level is high on this one since the Wyoming defense is one of the best in the nation. The offense has been good running the ball but the quarterback position is not in good shape.

Sean Chambers is out with an injury and Tyler Vander Waal announced he is transferring. It may not matter too much in this game but the line is pretty big and the Cowboys are not a team that will blow out other teams so expect it to be within a touchdown.

2. Idaho Potato Bowl: Nevada vs. Ohio (-7.5)

This is a lot of points for Ohio to be favored. They score a lot of points and put up 34.7 points per game. The Wolf Pack are only averaging 21.3 per game but they have had five games of scoring 30 or more points. Expect this to be a shootout as Ohio gives up 27 points per game and Nevada allows 32.1 points per game. Expect points but not a blowout.

1.New Mexico Bowl: San Diego State vs Central Michigan (+3.5)

San Diego State’s defense is really, really good and can shutdown nearly any defense they face. The Aztecs also are getting back QB Ryan Agnew who is expected to be healthy but the big question is still running back Juwan Washington who has been hobbled by an ankle injury most of the year. Central Michigan puts up nearly 32 points per game but they have not seen a defense like the Aztecs and will struggle to score. 

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