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. NCAA Mountain West crowned a West division champion last year. Mountain division’s Boise State comes as early favorite to take home the hardware this year, not only into the conference championship game but also on the national stage.
Last year’s Moutain West runner-up seem to have overcome the traditional roadblocks that handicap other military programs. Coach Troy Calhoun has somehow established a talent pipeline, and once the players get to Colorado Springs they get the job done. Once again AF will feature an attacking defense that runs after opposing QBs.
Boise State has the look and feel of a team ready to once again make some noise on a level beyond the Mountain West. They have a rising quarterback in Brett Rypien, who completed 64 percent of his passes as a freshman last season, the receiving corps comes back almost intact, and they play at a pace that is too fast for most teams on their schedule. They seem to have outgrown their conference, yet they remain.
CSU is clearly on the upswing as the program will begin play in a new on-campus stadium in 2017. The Rams finished last season a much better team than they started with. It should give them lots of confidence entering this year. An effective ground game should help them overcome a dubious air attack.
After wandering around in the wilderness for years, New Mexico is finally back on its two feet. The Lobos are counting heavily on continued improvement from QB Lamar Jordan. He’ll get plenty of support from the back end, because NM should be able to run the ball behind a solid offensive line and veteran RBs.
When you have a solid QB, the coaching staff can put more time developing other areas of need. The Aggies have a great QB in Kent Myers. Myers had 1,593 passing yards and 16 TDs in less than a full season in 2015, and if he can cut down his sack total (14) Utah State will be in business.
Amid a sea of inexperience within the team, Wyoming still has two solid skill position players in RB Brian Hill and WR Tanner Gentry.
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