2019 MWC Football Boilerplate on the Hourglass - records, projections and more
Before the AAC beat it’s chest as the 6th best conference in college football, there was and has been the Mountain West Conference. Officially established in 1999, the conference has been home to several big names that have won some big games like Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State and others.
Sure - the conference will never be thought of as the SEC, but quality football abounds in the MWC and this year will be no different.
In our initial 2019 power rankings, it should not surprise anyone that Boise State is still the Alabama, Ohio State or Oklahoma of the league. By far and away the Broncos are the class of the MWC. But - from two to eight there is a fight for the second and third in line and possible coaching changes on the way in the rest of the conference.
The AAC has the most talent of any Group of Five conference, but the Mountain West isn’t far behind.
Again, Boise State has the name and the foot print to bring in quality athletes and they will again get the chance to show case that talent week one this year against Florida State.
Colorado State has recruited as the number two team in the league, but had issues galore a year ago. While the numbers aren’t where they want to be, Hawaii and Utah State are picking up steam in the conference. Recruiting speaks for itself when you talk about San Diego State, Nevada and Fresno State. Their on the field results resemble better talent than most in their league.
Speaking of Utah State, Jordan Love returns as one of the best G5 and overall quarterbacks in the country. Utah State was money against the spread a year ago, and you should expect those types of results again in 2019.
Cole McDonald is another Island quarterback at Hawaii putting up big time numbers, then after that, the league will look for a few more quarterbacks to emerge.
On the coaching front, Bryan Harsin is our Group of Five top dog so to speak and Jeff Tedford and Rocky Long are stalwarts in the league. Overall the league has some big names and great coaches to go along with it.
Long is the most tenured coach in the league and Craig Bohl may have the most to prove at Wyoming. Jay Norvell and Gary Anderson could be the next big things in the conference and Mike Bobo, along with Bob Davie need rebound years to keep any kind of momentum.
We have Boise State (surprise) again winning the Mountain West in 2019, but we advise you to watch the MWC and actually play the MWC this year as we take you through the gaming process each week.
It is a great football league and you get your moneys worth.
Editors Note: All photos courtesy of 247sports.com