Week 0 Mountain West Bowl Projections

Week 0 Mountain West Bowl Projections Time to start guessing this week. Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Bowl projection season is here after Week 0 Week 0 had just a handful of games so this first half-baked bowl projections will be just …

Week 0 Mountain West Bowl Projections


Time to start guessing this week.


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Bowl projection season is here after Week 0

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Week 0 had just a handful of games so this first half-baked bowl projections will be just that, throwing stuff against the wall.

However, there is a little bit of info to go through after what we saw during the first week of the season to make some tweaks to the preseason bowl projections.

2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup

Here are the bowl lineup for the Mountain West this year.

– Cotton Bowl – at-large vs. Group of Five
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs MAC
– Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl vs Pac-12
– New Mexico Bowl vs Conference USA
– Barstool Arizona Bowl vs MAC
– EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl vs Conference USA

Back up tie-ins

– Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs Big Ten or Big 12

Other Options

Cure Bowl vs Group of Five
– RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl vs Group of Five
– SERVPRO First Responder Bowl vs Group of Five
– Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl vs Group of Five

Preseason Bowl Projections

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.

Ohio 30, Nevada 21: Wolf Pack Rally Was Too Little Too Late

Questionable coaching calls mixed with a slow start see Nevada loss to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

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Ohio 30, Nevada 21: Wolf Pack Rally Was Too Little Too Little


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl goes to Ohio


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Wolf Pack’s poor first half dooms them.

The Nevada Wolf Pack season was close to ending the year on a high note with a fourth quarter rally but in the end, the Wolf Pack fell to Ohio 30-21 win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium.

The Nevada defense struggled throughout the game and that is why the found them down 21 heading into the final quarter. It was the Ohio running game that took advantage of the Wolf Pack being down four starters. That ground game had 285 yards on 5.8 yards per carry and three touchdowns and that is the majority of the damage that the Bobcats had against Nevada.

The Wolf Pack’s offense missed a lot of early chances with quarterback Carson Strong overthrowing players and maybe the game would have been different had he connected on some of those passes. He did all he could to help win the game by passing for 402 yards and a touchdown on 31 of 49; most if it came in the fourth quarter as he had 185 yards passing and a touchdown.

Heading into the final frame, the Bobcats led 30-9 and it seemed as if the Wolf Pack would be held out of the end zone but Nevada flipped a switch to score a pair of touchdowns, but missed a two-point attempt and had an extra point block to score 12 points in the final frame.

The comeback came when the Nevada defense forced a pair fumbles and led to those touchdowns each time but those missed extra points were an issue as was the ill-fated trick play at the Bobcats 6-yard line.

 

To make things worse, the Wolf Pack got the ball back and moved all the way to the 9-yard line of Ohio and still down now. Down nine points, instead of kicking a field goal to make it six, Nevada went for a touchdown to make it within a field goal game but the pass play came up short.

Not many were happy with this play calling in the red zone..

So, to recap the fourth quarter which did see the comeback but it was not without its issues.

Who knows why Norvell or his offensive staff decided to run a trick play, go for two points as early as they did (at least that one made some sense) and then go for it on 4th and goal but at the 9-yard line while down nine. Kicking that field goal would make it a six-point game.

The likely logic behind Norvell going for the points is because if they get the score and then recover the onside kick, a game-winning field goal means only a mininmal amount of yards would be needed for Brandon Talton who drilled a 51-yarder on the first possession of the game.

However, it was nine yards needed for a score which is not as easy as needing one or two yards for a touchdown. Everyone will second guess Norvell but it seems unanimous that kicking the field goal to get within six was the right call.

The Wolf Pack ended the season 7-6, including a 4-4 mark in the Mountain West. Nevada is now 6-11 all-time in bowl games.

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2020 Idaho Potato Bowl Expert Picks

Find out who the experts take between Nevada and Ohio.

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2020 Idaho Potato Bowl Expert Picks


Find out who likes who between Nevada and Ohio


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Bowl game picks

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl wraps up Mountain West bowl season, so find out below who our staff likes in this game as well as national pundits.

Staff Picks

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

 

Jeremy: SU: Ohio  | ATS: Ohio | Score: Ohio 35, Nevada 24

Josh F: SU: Ohio  | ATS: Ohio | Score: Ohio 35, Nevada 21

Matt K.: SU: Ohio | ATS: Ohio | Score: Ohio 42, Nevada 17

Ted M: SU: Ohio  | ATS: Ohio | Score: Ohio 33, Nevada 27

Brandon T: SU/ATS: Ohio 28 Nevada 13

Roger Ohio 30 Nevada 24 

Erik: SU/ATS: Ohio

Sean: SU: Ohio  | ATS: Nevada | Score: Ohio 30, Nevada 27

USA TODAY

Four go with Nevada and three pick Ohio

Los Angeles Times

Ohio 34, Nevada 27

The Action Cookbook

There would be attempts to write the history of what had happened during the dark season when humanity nearly failed, but so much was lost. In many places, no one survived to tell the story.

No one would ever know the name of that scientist, or why he’d chosen to place that device in such an unexpected place. Only he would know that he’d placed it somewhere Coach Hayes would never find it, under the soil of the state he’d reviled so.

CBS Sports

Six of the seven go with Ohio straight up and against the spread.

ESPN

Ohio wasn’t far away from a much better season than its record indicated, going 2-5 in games decided by 10 points or fewer. Nathan Rourke is a talented dual-threat quarterback who should be able to have success against Nevada’s defense. Nevada coach Jay Norvell did a good job getting his team to seven wins, but the Wolf Pack are really banged up and limited on both sides of the ball. Frank Solich wins his third straight bowl game.

Prediction: Ohio 28, Nevada 17

Athlon Sports

All three go with Nevada


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2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview:Nevada Vs Ohio

2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview:Nevada Vs Ohio The Nevada Wolf Pack look to start off the year 2020 on a winning note as they take on Ohio University in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Contact/Follow @BrandonGBlake & @MWCwire The Nevada Wolf …

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2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview:Nevada Vs Ohio

The Nevada Wolf Pack look to start off the year 2020 on a winning note as they take on Ohio University in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack Will Take on Ohio University In The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to start the new year with a bowl victory on Friday afternoon as they will take on the Ohio Bobcats in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The contest between the Wolf Pack and Bobcats will have a 12:30pm kickoff time and will be televised on ESPN.

Nevada is looking to close out their 2019 season by winning their eighth game of the season and winning their third straight bowl game. The Wolf Pack won the 2015 Arizona Bowl by defeating Colorado State and last season, the Wolf Pack defeated Arkansas State in the 2018 Arizona Bowl. For Nevada, this is their 17th bowl appearance in school history and the Wolf Pack are looking to win their seventh bowl game in program history on Friday against Ohio.

Nevada will be without three starters on defense in this game as safety Austin Arnold, cornerback Daniel Brown and nose guard Hausia Sekona will be out for the Potato Bowl. These three players are suspended for their roles in the postgame fight with the UNLV players in the regular season finale. The Wolf Pack will not have linebacker Gabriel Sewell for this first half of the Potato Bowl for his role in the melee with the UNLV players 

Nevada not only will have to deal with some key players being out for the bowl game but they will have a reconstituted coaching staff to deal with as well. The Wolf Pack will have three interim defensive coaches on the sidelines when they take on the Bobcats on Friday. Jody Sears, Josh Brown and John Landwehr were hired by Nevada head coach Jay Norvell a few weeks back. The hiring of these interim coaches comes after coach Norvell fired previous defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, safeties coach Mike Chamoures and secondary coach David Lockwood. 

“We just felt we had to do some things to shift gears and get where we want to be as a program”, Norvell said in his decision to change up his defensive coaching staff. Novell also went on to say that “We’ve set a great foundation, We have some great young kids in the program, and we just felt like we needed to go a different direction to help us get to the next level”

The Wolf Pack could see the return of three players for the Potato Bowl that were out due to injuries. Linebacker Lucas Weber, left tackle Jake Nelson and wide receiver Romeo Doubs could possible return for Nevada on Friday. Weber, the senior captain has been out since October with an ankle injury Jake Nelson has missed been out for three months with a broken elbow. Doubs missed the UNLV game due to a sprained shoulder.  

All three injured players returning for Nevada would be very helpful but if Doubs is able to play in the bowl game against Ohio, it would be beneficial for the Nevada offense. 

Nevada’s opponent, the Ohio Bobcats come into this Potato Bowl contest with a 6-6 overall record and one of the more balanced offensive attacks in the nation. This season, the Bobcats average 226.8 passing yards per game and 216.5 rushing yards per game. In terms of total yards on offense, the Bobcats are averaging 443 yards per game which places them 32nd in the nation in that category. The Bobcats are also good at scoring points as they are averaging 34.7 points per game this season which is good for 20th in the nation in that statistic. 

The Bobcats key player to watch for is their quarterback Nathan Rourke. Rourke has thrown for 2,676 yards and 20 touchdowns this season for Ohio. Rourke is also a threat to run the ball as well as he has ran for 780 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. 

The combination of Rourke and running backs O’Shaan Allison(823 rushing yards, six touchdowns) and De’Montre Tuggle ( 547 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns)  make a formidable rushing attack for Ohio. This rushing attack is going to present Nevada with the challenge of trying to slow down in order for the Wolf Pack to win its third straight bowl game.

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: An Ohio Q&A With Jason Arkley

We learn more about the Nevada Wolf Pack’s bowl opponent, the Ohio Bobcats, with Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger.

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Potato Bowl: An Ohio Q&A With Jason Arkley


We learn more about the Nevada Wolf Pack’s bowl opponent, the Ohio Bobcats, with Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger.


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Last, but definitely not least.

College football’s bowl season is in its January stretch run and the Mountain West’s seven-game slate reaches its conclusion when the Nevada Wolf Pack and Ohio Bobcats face off in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday, January 3.

Things haven’t always worked out the way that both teams expected throughout the fall, but the unpredictability is what make this game particularly exciting. Ohio features plenty of weapons on offense while Nevada has been at its best when the defense played strong.

To learn more about the Bobcats, we reached out to Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger.

Mountain West Wire: The last time we saw the Ohio Bobcats in our Mountain West purview, they dismantled San Diego State in 2018’s Frisco Bowl. They were favored this fall to win the MAC East, at a minimum, by a lot of prognosticators so seeing them come into this game with a 6-6 record is a mild surprise. In a nutshell, what happened this year to keep them from reaching those lofty goals?

Jason Arkley: To put it bluntly, the defense failed to play at a level that was expected. Ohio lost four games by a total of 11 points, and in each game the Bobcats were a fourth-quarter defensive stop away from perhaps winning all four. More specifically, Ohio struggled with creating turnovers. Through 10 games, OU had created just six turnovers — then racked up seven in the last two games. Ohio was on the wrong side of the TO ratio all season, and it cost them several close games.

MWwire: How have the Bobcats replaced the running back tandem of A.J. Ouellette and Maleek Irons this fall?

Arkley: OU has used a similar formula as last year, but with a dramatically different cast. QB Nathan Rourke (780 rushing yards, 5.4 average, 12 TDs) remains an essential element, but it’s been redshirt freshman O’Shaan Allison (823 yards, 6.4 average, 6 TDs) that has taken on the lead-back role. Junior college transfer De’Montre Tuggle (547, 6.0, 10 TDs) has been a brilliant change of pace, big-play threat, and sophomore Julian Ross (227, 3.8) has been hampered by a shoulder injury.

MWwire: What role does Javon Hagan, Ohio’s lone all-conference selection on defense, typically play? How might it change against a Nevada team that doesn’t mind leaning on its Air Raid principles to throw the ball?

Arkley: Hagan (99 tackles) has been used most often as that eighth defender in the box when Ohio really wants to load up agains the run. A four-year starter, Hagan remains the most essential player on the defense. He organizes the entire back end, is the heart beat for the defense, and can create impact plays. When in coverage, he’s typically matched against tight ends or slots, but excels when he can play as a single-high safety. He leads OU with seven pass breakups with most coming as a free safety thanks to good instincts and closing speed.

MWwire: One matchup I’m interested in how well Nevada’s defensive line matches up with what looks like a strong Ohio offensive line. What would you say that unit does best, and is there a standout we should keep an eye on?

Watkins: Two things standout about this Ohio offensive line. First, the level of play there has been incredible considering OU is on its third different OL coach in the last three years. The previous two OL coaches (Dave Johnson, Bart Miller) both left after big years in Athens for jobs in the MWC. Second, it’s a group that clearly buys into the attitude of being the tone-setters for Ohio’s run-first offense. They thrive on the zone and option schemes that Ohio prefers and live for the belly play inside. If OU is getting a good push on the interior, it could be a long day for Nevada. In pass pro, the group has been good but a notch below great. Injuries have led to some depth being tested inside, but the two tackles — Austen Pleasants and Marques Grimes — have been stalwarts on the edge.

MWwire: Ohio has gone 2-4 in games decided by eight points or fewer and Nevada has gone 5-1 in those same games, so the Potato Bowl certainly looks like it will be hotly contested. How do you see the game generally unfolding?

Arkley: Nevada is hard to get a good gauge on, given the hot-cold nature of the Wolf Pack’s season and then the defensive coaching turnover after the season ended. Ohio remains one of the MAC’s best offenses despite an exceptionally young group at the skill positions. Rourke is a difference-maker and I think it’ll hard for Nevada to limit Ohio given some of the suspensions and coaching changes it’s made.

So I expect Ohio to score some points. The game will hinge, like Ohio’s whole season, on if the defense can get enough stops and/or create turnovers. The Bobcats created just two turnovers in their six losses, 11 in the six wins.

I think Ohio is on firm footing heading into this one, and will be motivated to play well. There are fewer questions in terms of what the Bobcats can do. It’ll be a close game, virtually every OU game has been that way this season, but this time I think the Bobcats find a close out stop late and win in the fourth quarter.

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Bowl Season: Mountain West Conference Simulated Results

A simulation run using updated rosters for the EA Sports NCAA 14 Football game was done to see how the Mountain West did this Bowl Year.

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How did the MWC fair this Bowl Season?


Thanks to the NCAA 14 Football Game- We have all the Bowl Insights!


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Earlier this fall, we covered how the NCAA Football Game Dynasty by EA Sports was still alive and well, even after production of the game stopped in 2014. If you missed it, take a look here.

Using the newly updated rosters for every team on the game, we were able to create real simulation results based on these 2019 teams. We matched-up every team in the Mountain West with their 2019/2020 Bowl Opponent, using the actual locations and players. The games were completely simulated with no user interaction.

Let’s go Bowl by Bowl and see how things shook out!

FRISCO BOWL, DEC. 20: UTAH STATE VS. KENT STATE

If the simulation is any indicator, folks who take in the Frisco Bowl are in for a treat. Jordan Love pulls a George Costanza, and leaves the Aggies on a high note (both puns intended) racking up over 300 yards passing to edge Kent State by three, with a 31-28 victory.

The Utah State defense also came up big holding the Golden Flash to 40% in the Red Zone and forcing two turnovers.

NEW MEXICO BOWL, DEC. 21: SAN DIEGO STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN

Next up is the New Mexico Bowl which every Aztec fan would be thrilled to have the simulated results. The folks from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan may take umbrage with the notion of San Diego State racking up 41 points though.

I don’t question the Aztecs ability to pound the ball on the ground like the results reflect, behind a strong performance from Juwan Washington. But I do have to wonder what happened to ignite a 41 – 10 drubbing.

LAS VEGAS BOWL, DEC. 21: BOISE STATE VS. WASHINGTON

The kings of the (Mountain) West got reacquainted with their old coach, in most inhospitable fashion. Despite featuring the games most highly rated player in the MWC, Curtis Weaver, it wasn’t enough to knock off the Huskies.

I’m sure Jacob Eason of Washington would be very happy to showcase a near 400 yard passing performance in front of the scouts to increase his draft stock. Mountain West Wire’s resident Bronco, Raj may want to protest the results of this 13 point defeat.

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.


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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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