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  1. HAL9100

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    San Jose State Spartans
    San Jose State isn't far removed from being one of the laughing stocks of the now defunct WAC. The potential had always been there though as SJSU is located next to the large metropolises of Oakland and San Francisco and is in the talent rich state of California. Things are different now. San Jose State has a fresh look and a team moving the right direction.​
    The Spartans just missed out on the final WAC title due to a loss to fellow MWC newcomer Utah State, but their record of 11-2 is a huge improvement over their 2010 record of 1-12. A big part of that is thanks to JUCO transfer QB David Fales. He came in and was able to lead the Spartans to their best season in over 20 years and looks to continue that success in the 2013 season in the much tougher Mountain West Conference. At this level though, a top QB is enough to make you competitive week in and week out and maij17 will be looking to take advantage of that as he looks to continue the progress that San Jose State has been building.​

     
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  2. Cole Copeland

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    Colorado State Rams
    Long gone are the Sonny Lubick days. He had the Rams consistently in the Top 25 rankings from 1994 to 2002 during his ~15 year tenure as head coach. Colorado State has had just 1 winning season in the last decade, haven't won more than 7 since 2002, and have 13 combined wins in their last 4 seasons. On the bright side, they're still much better than their hated rival, Colorado, and that should help greatly with in-state recruiting....from what little talent there is there.​
    However, Colorado State finished the 2012 season playing some of their best football of the last decade by winning 3 of their last 5 games. The Rams were battling injuries last year and things started to come together at the end of the season. That leaves some questions entering the 2013 season though as the Rams have a lot of players with experience. Most notably will be the QB battle between Conner Smith and Garret Grayson. Smith is younger and had some bad moments in 2012, but he was the Rams starter in the 2nd half of the season when things started to come together. Grayson started the first 6 games for CSU before breaking his clavicle against Air Force and getting knocked out for the season. Smith had the results, but by all accounts, Grayson likely has the better arm. Colorado State's defense will also need a lot of work before the Rams start to consistently compete for MWC championships as that was their real weak point of the 2012 season. It will be up to ChaoticUT to figure out these issues and guide the Rams back to a new golden era.​
     
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  4. Cole Copeland

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    Air Force Falcons
    2012 was a disappointment for the Falcons. It was Air Force's first losing season since 2006 though they did make(and lose) a bowl game. At the same time though, it wasn't much of a surprise. The Falcons had lost a ton of their starters from the 2011 season including their QB, top RB, top 4 WRs, and their 6 most experienced OL. Nonetheless, expectations are always high for the Air Force Academy and that made 2012 a disappointment. They have their challenges in recruiting and aren't able to get players of the sheer size that most other programs can. They have to do things differently and that's why they've relied on the traditional triple option offense(with a few unique wrinkles) like the other service academies.​
    The bright side of their 2012 season though is that they're a more experienced team and return a lot of their starters for the upcoming 2013 season. Unfortunately, they did lose their starting QB again which will make the search for a new one very important to their success. But despite all of those offensive starters lost last year, Air Force's rushing attack actually improved in 2012 and were once again had the #2 rushing game in the nation. So it should give Air Force some breathing room in finding someone they're comfortable with and won't have to throw too deep into the fire. Of course though, that depends on if Air Force keeps their focus under a new head coach. There's the possibility that uagrad90 may look into changing his Air Force Falcons away from the triple option into something that suits him better. If so, there may be some growing pains in Colorado Springs as the Falcons don't have the roster readily available for much other styles.​
     
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  6. Cole Copeland

    Cole Copeland Mr. Irrelevant

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    Great job with these Hal, good luck to all 3 of you guys!
     
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    UNLV Rebels
    Poor UNLV. Their great basketball history is balanced perfectly with their horrible football history. The Rebels have made just 3 bowl games in school history(last was 2000), have just 1 official conference title in school history, and haven't had a winning season in the last decade. On top of that, they have just 6 combined wins over their last 3 seasons. It's a mess of a program.​
    That said, there's no reason the Rebels' football program can't be as great as their basketball program. While Nevada is not a talent rich state, Las Vegas should be a desirable location for recruits and is very close to the talent rich California. There's a severe lack of talent on the UNLV roster and there's not much to be excited about. There will be a dilemma at QB as the Rebels have a returning SO. pocket passer and an incoming scrambling FR that will be competing for the starting job. With a roster like this, it will be a major philosophical question that will need to be answered early on. HAL9100 will have a lot of work in front of him to sell recruits on the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas and will have quite the challenge with UNLV. On the bright side, the Rebels program is essentially a blank slate and he will be able to build UNLV into whatever he wants.​
     
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  10. ChaoticUT

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    Ahhhhhh shit and so it begins!!!
     
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    Shit just got real, great work Hal.
     
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    Utah State Aggies
    The state of Utah is becoming a powerhouse for college football. First came BYU and Steve Young, then came Utah and Alex Smith, and now comes the Utah State Aggies. The 2012 WAC Champions have been improving significantly every year recently and are now looking to take their talents to the tougher MWC. All their success though is in question now that their head coach has departed for the vacancy in Wisconsin. Can they continue what they've been working toward?​
    For thebouncer24 , he hopes that they can continue the path they're on. The Aggies return the vast majority of their playmakers from 2012 and are more than capable of competing for the 2013 MWC Championship. That is, if winning the WAC really meant anything to the rest of the college football landscape. They did manage to beat rival Utah in OT, but otherwise, they beat no one of note in 2012. Are they pretenders coming from a crappy and dead conference or were they a legitimately good team stuck in a bad conference? 2013 will be their chance to show us one way or the other.​
     
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    Nevada Wolfpack
    Nevada is one of the few schools that can truly say they revolutionized the game of football. Their pistol formation is still taking the football world by storm as more and more programs in college, high school, and even the NFL are running it. It has proven, unlike the wildcat, the pistol is no fad and is here to stay. And on top of that, no one runs it like the Wolfpack. The man behind their success has been Chris Ault. He was Nevada's HC 3 different times while taking a stint as AD for Nevada. The last time he wasn't their HC though, the Pack were dreadful. In 2013, Ault has retired and Nevada has picked a successor that they hope will be able to continue his success and even build on it.​
    That man is _MG_ . He gets the honor of taking over a team with a great foundation. Cody Fajardo is one of the best QBs in the MWC and he's only entering his junior season. His presence will be huge for Nevada to hit the ground running....literally. MG will be relying on him heavily the next 2 seasons. One thing he won't be relying on? His defense. This defense needs work and will be prone to giving their HC some grey hairs to make him look more like Chris Ault. Nonetheless, if MG can control the ball offensively and keep his defense off the field, then this will be one of the teams to beat in 2013.​
     
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  14. Cole Copeland

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    Fresno State
    In seasons past former Head Coach Pat Hill dreamed of Fresno State belonging among the biggest of the big boys. He scheduled big, his teams played big in the big games, and there was always the hope of turning into what Boise State eventually became. But after a couple rough seasons Hill was let go and Fresno State struggled to keep that level of play. The last time anyone was paying attention to Fresno State they were getting destroyed by SMU in a shocking 43-10 clunker in the Hawaii Bowl, but if everything goes according to plan, this could be the team everyone will need to pay attention. Fresno State will feature an unstoppable pass rush and ball-hawking group of defensive backs that always seemed to come up with the big play. While on the other side, the offense led by one of the better QB in the country can be dominant at times, leading the Mountain West in scoring and averaging 478 yards per game.
    So now it’s up to tbishop82 to handle all the expectations. Last year’s 9-4 record wasn’t good enough considering the way things ended. Most of the big games are at home, but the team will have to keep its focus after some big plane trips. The national attention will come if it can pull off a home win over Boise State in late September and get to 4-0, because then, it’ll likely be the favorite the rest of the way.
     
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    Hawaii
    Hawaii’s first season in the Mountain West Conference was a frustrating one. The Warriors suffered an eight-game losing streak and went 1-7 in the conference, good for a last-place finish. The Warriors were hampered by injuries, leading the FBS level with eight players suffering season-ending injuries, including four defensive linemen. Hawaii lost nine of its first 10 games, before finding their footing the last two weeks of the season. This season the Warriors will look to a transfer QB from Ohio State who sat out last season, to become the offensive leader. Hawaii's defense ranked 40th in offensive yards allowed per game (372.9), but it still struggled keeping teams out of the end zone, giving up 21.2 points per game.
    If Hawaii can avoid more injury headaches, the Warriors behind the guidance of fordtuff504 should be much improved this season. However, the Warriors still face a tough schedule and it won't be an easy path to a bowl-eligible season. But the Warriors led the nation in first-time starters, with 32 players making their first FBS starts during the 2012 season. Now Hawaii is tied for fifth nationally in returning starters. The Warriors should reap the rewards of enduring their growing pains last season.
     
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    New Mexico
    Why should the Lobo’s fans be excited? The running game started to work last year averaging over 300 yards per game, but it came at the expense of the passing attack. An offensive line that was terrific at times welcomes back four starters to pave the way. Out of all the things New Mexico has to work on, improving the passing game has to be at the top of the list. On the year the Lobos threw five touchdown passes – with just one in the first eight games – and only hit the 100-yard mark three times.
    Despite all the issues New Mexico was able to do something last season that hadn’t been accomplished since 2008, win more than one game in a season. The bread and butter of New Mexico’s offensive attack is the ground game. Four wins was a good start and this New Mexico program is looking to bbrech0610 to lead them to bigger and better things. With only eight returning starters from last season, it’s going to be an uphill climb, but the Lobos should have one of the top rushing attacks in the Mountain West.
     
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    Boise State Broncos
    After a flirtation with the Big East/ACC, Boise State decided their program was better off being the big fish in the small pond....and they're probably right. Why mess with success? The Broncos have become the elite non-AQ BCS school. They are what every school wants to be and compares themselves to. From 2008 to 2011, Boise State went 50-3. Just crazy. But then came 2012 when the Broncos lost nearly every starter on their team. They still had a good roster but it looked like they were in line for some growing pains for the first time in a long time. But they did alright in the end. They only won 10 of their regular season games and won the MWC again. Compared to 50-3 though, going 11-2 is a drop off.​
    For 2013 though, this is a team ready to get back where they left off. The 2012 purge has led to very little leaving for 2013 putting them as the favorites for another MWC title despite increasing competition from the rest of the league. QB Joe Southwick returns for his senior season and is the odds on favorite to be the opening day starter for Boise State. Southwick was definitely no Kellen Moore though last season so maybe one of the younger QBs will end up getting a shot here. If there's any real concern about this team, it's with their defense. The offense has always gotten its good share of attention, but Boise has always survived behind their defense and there's some definite questions about their depth defensively. That will need to be addressed by redwings8831 as he takes over the Broncos and tries to keep their history of success in the present and future.​
     
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    San Diego State
    San Diego State finished as co-champion of the Mountain West Conference only losing one conference game in a 52-40 loss to Fresno State. The Aztecs finished out the year with a seven-game win streak before suffering a 23-6 loss to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl. But this team will not be the same team as last year. Hope is they will be as good or better than we were last year. The Aztecs return a Junior QB that should take over as the full-time starter after sharing time under center last season. What will help is having their starting HB back after a stellar campaign that saw him rush for 1,458 yards and 16 scores last season. The return of a Senior wide receiver with 293 yards along with three touchdowns and a junior with 319 yards should help bolster the offense. But the departure of their starting tight end could hinder the Aztec offense. The offensive line is made up of mostly inexperienced juniors.
    After their most successful season in the Mountain West, the Aztecs will have a bit of a target on their back as they will be one of the favorites from the outset. The Aztecs will definitely be a contender for the MWC Championship. This could come down to a two horse race between the Aztecs and Boise State provided that Cole Copeland can handle the pressure of being the hunted.
     
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    Wyoming
    Last year, the Cowboys just couldn't get out of the starting blocks as they won just one of their first eight games. Three of those losses came by three or less points and a fourth came in OT. Fortunes could have been a lot different in 2012 but the Cowboys had trouble finishing games. The Cowboys return their QB and despite having a really good year in 2012, the Cowboys still only won four games. The Cowboys will need some more support this season from the other skill positions. Wyoming was very balanced last year but they didn't run the ball with much success (3.38 ypc). The Cowboys return 2 Sophmore HB’s and hope they improve with experience. The Cowboys lose their leading receiver but do return four players who caught at least 30 passes in 2012. The OL returns just two starters so that will be a unit that will need to get up to speed quickly if the Cowboys want to get back to a bowl in 2013. The Cowboys finished eighth in the MWC in points allowed (33.4) and dead last in yards allowed (469) so there is a lot of improvement that will need to be made on defense. The Cowboys must replace their three leading tacklers. The DL returns three of it's top four players and the secondary returns four of it's top five so those units should be at least as good as last season. The big question mark is at LB.
    The schedule gives the Cowboys a chance to get off to a good start after the opener at Nebraska. The next six games are against teams that had losing records in 2012. The closing stretch of the season is pretty rough as the Cowboys get four of the best MWC teams in the last five weeks of the season so capp34 needs to have the Cowboys humming early on if they want to go bowling.
     
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    So for a divisional look at the MWC:

    West Division
    Fresno State - tbishop82
    Hawaii - fordtuff504
    Nevada - _MG_
    San Diego State - Cole Copeland
    San Jose State - maij17
    UNLV - HAL9100

    Mountain Division
    Air Force - uagrad90
    Boise State - redwings8831
    Colorado State - ChaoticUT
    New Mexico - bbrech0610
    Utah State - thebouncer24
    Wyoming - Capp34
     
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    A look at how last year played out.

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