NCAA Mountain West Preview 2016
The NCAA football season is near. Get ready to play CFB at FanPicks (click to play). With the impending kickoff in Sydney on August 26th, FanPicks will cover every NCAA conferences and their teams for the 2016 season. San Diego State looks to defend their Mountain West title. They lead West division preseason poll. Just like the 2015 West rankings, Nevada and San Jose State are two and three in the prediction. For Moutain West – Mountain preview, click here.
The bad taste from last season’s uncomfortable 3-9 record is slowly evaporating as talent seems to be replenishing the cupboard. There is young talent up and down the roster, and if it develops at any kind of pace the Bulldogs could a team no one wants to face in October and November.
Hawaii has an insane early schedule in which it plays Cal in Australia and at Michigan in a span of eight days. Not much is expected out of of them this season, with limited fantasy value on hand.
Nevada should be able to run the football effectively. James Butler and transfer Akeel Lynch figure to be two of the better backs in the Mountain West, and in a mid-major conference having two quality backs is sometimes enough – especially when there is so much experience returning at the non-skills offensive positions.
After going 12-0 in the regular season, the Aztecs will have to beat Boise State in the Mountain West championship game to land a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl. San Diego State tailback Donnel Pumphrey is one of the most underrated players in the country. He ran for 1,653 yards with 17 touchdowns in 2015.
The talent continues to flood to northern California. Senior QB Kenny Potter is a good one – 15 TDs and a 67 percent completion percentage in 2015, and those numbers only figure to get better this time around.
UNLV will have three solid running backs this season, plus some talent a wideout. There is uncertainty at the QB position though. Kurt Palendech completed less than half his passes last year, and spent a lot of time getting off the ground.
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