[2017 College Football Preview] Mountain West

The 2017 College Football Preview is back for more and this time we are looking at the teams that play in the MOUNTAIN WEST conference! Last year, San Diego State was the top team in the conference, but there are a ton of teams looking to knock them off their throne and they definitely have the talent and ability to do so.

So who will be taking home the Mountain West crown?

Boise State?

Colorado State?

San Diego State?

WHAT ABOUT WYOMING?

Let’s find out…….

 

 

 

 

12. San Jose State Spartans

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Brent Brennan (0-0 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jeremiah Kolone (OL), Frank Ginda (LB), Andre Chachere (CB), Bryson Bridges (DL), Maurice McKnight (S), Keoni Taylor (OL), Justin Holmes (WR), Chris Gonzalez (OL), Trevon Bierria (S), Michael Carrizosa (P), Malik Roberson (RB), Josh Oliver (TE), Keoni Taylor (OL), Nate Velichko (OL), Terrell Townsend (DL), Ethan Aguayo (LB), Frank Ginda (LB), Jermaine Kelly (CB), Bryce Crawford (K)

Top Incoming Players: Jamal Scott (LB), Tysyn Parker (LB), Terrell Carter (QB), Jackson Parks (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: USF (August 26), @ Texas (September 9), @ Utah (September 16), @ BYU (October 28), San Diego State (November 4), @ Colorado State (November 18), Wyoming (November 25)

Predicted Record: 2-11 (1-7)


 

11. Utah State Aggies

Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Matt Wells (28-25 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Ron’Quavion Tarver (WR), Jalen Davis (CB), Dallin Leavitt (S), Dax Raymond (TE), Justus Te’i (LB), Kent Myers (QB), Tonny Lindsey (RB), Jaren Colston-Green (WR), Sean Taylor (OL), Suli Tamaivena (LB), Derek Larsen (LB), Gaje Ferguson (S), Aaron Dalton (P)

Top Incoming Players: Rob Castaneda (OL), Henry Colombi (QB), Carson Terrell (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Wisconsin (September 1), @ Wake Forest (September 16), BYU (September 29), Colorado State (October 7), Wyoming (October 14), Boise State (October 28)

Predicted Record: 2-10 (1-7)


 

10. Air Force Falcons

Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Arizona vs. South Alabama (Won 45-21)

Head Coach: Troy Calhoun (77-53 all-time)

Top Returning Players: James Rast (OL), Tim McVey (RB), Grant Ross (LB), Luke Strebel (K), Arion Worthman (QB), Tyler Williams (WR), Ryan Reffitt (TE), Alex Norton (OL), Jake Barnhorst (OL)

Top Incoming Players: Recruits aren’t listed until later in the summer due to U.S. Military Academy regulations

Toughest Games This Season: @ Michigan (September 16), San Diego State (September 23), @ Navy (October 7), @ Colorado State (October 28), Army West Point (November 4), Wyoming (November 11), @ Boise State (November 18)

Predicted Record: 3-9 (1-7)


 

9. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Last Year’s Record: 7-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee (Won 52-35)

Head Coach: Nick Rolovich (7-7 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Dejon Allen (OL), Jahlani Tavai (LB), Trayvon Henderson (S), Diocemy Saint Juste (WR), Meffy Koloamatangi (DL), John Ursua (WR), Metuisela ‘Unga (TE), Viane Moala (DL), John Wa’a (OL), Daniel Lewis (S), Dru Brown (QB), Ammon Barker (WR), Asotui Eli (OL), Penitito Faalologo (DL), Jeremiah Pritchard (LB), Ikem Okeke (LB)

Top Incoming Players: Kade Greeley (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ UCLA (September 9), @ Wyoming (September 23), Colorado State (September 30), San Diego State (October 28), BYU (November 25)

Predicted Record: 3-9 (2-6)


 

8. New Mexico Lobos

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: New Mexico vs. UTSA (Won 23-20)

Head Coach: Bob Davie (27-36 at New Mexico, 62-61 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Aaron Jenkins (OL), Garrett Hughes (DL), Tyrone Owens (RB), Kimmie Carson (LB), Jason Sanders (K), Corey Boroquez (P), Lamar Jordan (QB), Patrick Reed (WR), Matt Quarells (WR), Blaise Fountain (OL), Avery Jordan (OL), Jake Rothschiller (LB)

Top Incoming Players: Cameron Burston (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Boise State (September 14), @ Tulsa (September 23), Colorado State (October 20), @ Wyoming (October 28), @ Texas A&M (November 11), @ San Diego State (November 24)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (3-5)


 

7. UNLV Rebels

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Tony Sanchez (7-17 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Devonte Boyd (WR), Mike Hughes (DL), Nathan Jacobson (OL), Kyle Saxelid (OL), Armani Rogers (QB), Charles Williams (RB), Darren Woods (WR), Kendal Keys (WR), Justin Polu (OL), Jaron Caldwell (OL), Salanoa-Alo Wily (DL), Evan Pantels (K)

Top Incoming Players: Marckell Grayson (QB), Noah Bean (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Ohio State (September 23), San Diego State (October 7), BYU (November 10)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (4-4)


 

6. Nevada Wolf Pack

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Jay Norvell (0-0 all-time)

Top Returning Players: James Butler (RB), Austin Corbett (OL), Malik Reed (DL), Wyatt Demps (WR), Asauni Rufus (S), Dameon Baber (S), David Cornwell (QB), Sean Krepsz (OL), Patrick Choudja (DL), Gabe Sewell (LB), Jordan Silva (DL), Austin Paulhus (LB), Jaden Sawyer (LB), E.J. Muhammed (CB), Spencer Pettit (K)

Top Incoming Players: Kaymen Cureton (QB), Tyson Williams (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Northwestern (September 2), Toledo (September 9), @ Washington State (September 23), @ Colorado State (October 14), @ Boise State (November 4), @ San Diego State (November 18)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (4-4)


 

5. Fresno State Bulldogs

Last Year’s Record: 1-11

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Jeff Tedford (0-0 at Fresno State, 82-57 all-time)

Top Returning Players: KeeSean Johnson (WR), Micah St. Andrew (OL), Nela Otukolo (LB), James Bailey (LB), Jamire Jordan (WR), Malik Forrester (DL), Kody Kroening (K), Blake Cusick (P), Chason Virgil (QB), Dontel James (RB), Kyle Riddering (TE), Aaron Mitchell (OL), Netane Muti (OL), David Patterson (OL), Christian Cronk (OL), Nathan Madsen (DL), Tobenna Okeke (DL), Robert Stanley (LB), DeShawn Potts (S)

Top Incoming Players: Derrion Grim (WR)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Alabama (September 9), @ Washington (September 16), @ San Diego State (October 21), BYU (November 4), @ Wyoming (November 18), Boise State (November 25)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (4-4)


 

4. Boise State Broncos

 

Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Cactus vs. Baylor (Lost 12-31)

Head Coach: Bryan Harsin (31-9 at Boise State, 38-14 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Brett Rypien (QB), Cedrick Wilson (WR), David Moa (DL), Tyler Horton (CB), Jake Roh (TE), Mason Hampton (OL), Archie Lewis (OL), Jabril Frazier (DL), Leighton Vander Esch (LB), Alexander Mattison (RB), Gabe Perez (LB), Kekoa Nawahine (S)

Top Incoming Players: Jermani Brown (CB), Drake Beasley (RB), Isiah Moore (OL), Octavius Evans (WR), Chase Cord (QB), Zeke Noa (LB), Breydon Boyd (LB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Washington State (September 9), @ BYU (October 6), @ San Diego State (October 14), Wyoming (October 21), @ Colorado State (November 11)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (6-2)


 

3. Colorado State Rams

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Famous Idaho vs. Idaho (Lost 50-61)

Head Coach: Mike Bobo (14-12 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Michael Gallup (WR), Jake Bennett (OL), Josh Watson (LB), Evan Colorito (LB), Nick Stevens (QB), Dalyn Dawkins (RB), Trae Moxley (OL), Izzy Matthews (RB), Olabisi Johnson (WR), Zack Golditch (OL), Darnell Thompson (DL), Tre Thomas (LB), Kevin Sweet (CB), Jakob Buys (DL), Jake Schlager (S), Jamal Hicks (S), Wyatt Bryan (K)

Top Incoming Players: Ben Knox (OL), Marcus McElroy (RB), Christian Cumber (CB), Justice McCoy (QB), Ellison Hubbard (DL), Griffen Hammer (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: Oregon State (August 26), Colorado (September 1), @ Alabama (September 16), @ Wyoming (November 4), Boise State (November 11)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (7-1)


 

2. Wyoming Cowboys

Last Year’s Record: 8-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Poinsettia vs. BYU (Lost 21-24)

Head Coach: Craig Bohl (14-24 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Logan Wilson (LB), Andrew Wingard (S), Josh Allen (QB), Kevin Prosser (DL), Rico Gafford (CB), Marcus Epps (S), C.J. Johnson (WR), Zach Wallace (OL), Carl Granderson (DL), Kaden Jackson (OL), Youhanna Ghaifan (DL), Antonio Hull (CB), Gavin Rush (OL), Ryan Cummings (OL), Sidney Malauulu (DL), Cooper Rothe (K)

Top Incoming Players: Tim Zaleski (K/P), Tyler Vander Waal (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Iowa (September 2), Oregon (September 16), @ Boise State (October 21), Colorado State (November 4)

Predicted Record: 9-3 (7-1)


 

1. San Diego State Aztecs

Last Year’s Record: 11-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Las Vegas vs. Houston (Won 34-10)

Head Coach: Rocky Long (54-26 at San Diego State, 119-95 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Rashaad Penny (RB), David Wells (TE), John Baron (K), Mikah Holder (WR), Antonio Rosales (OL), Sergio Phillips (DL), Ronley Lakalaka (LB), Parker Baldwin (LB), Kameron Kelly (CB), Steven Coutts (P), Noble Hall (DL), Christian Chapman (QB), Nick Bawden (RB), Ryan Dunn (LB), Ron Smith (CB), Trey Lomax (S)

Top Incoming Players: Kaegun Williams (RB), Cam Roane (QB), Chance Bell (RB), Shane Coleman (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Arizona State (September 9), Stanford (September 16), Boise State (October 14)

Predicted Record: 10-2 (8-0)

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