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Mountain West Football Conference Odds

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That once again looks to be the case when taking a gander at the current Mountain West title odds at online sportsbooks. Boise State (+110), Fresno State (+450) and Utah State (+550) were the three best teams in the Mountain West a short season ago. With the addition of San Diego State (+400), that triumvirate is once again favored to win it all again in 2019-20 according to linemakers. As dominant the favorites look to be heading into the regular season, a number of wild cards are abound in the Mountain West with teams like Air Force, Hawaii, UNLV, Wyoming and Nevada each looking to make a splash. Should a healthy Armani Rogers be enough to help lead the Runnin’ Rebels to an unforeseen title run, it would pay off handsomely with UNLV offering up a $10K return on investment on a $100 wager. You can bet the boys in Sin City and offshore will be taking a bunch of small bets on the Rebels doing just that with that type of return!

Mountain West Championship Betting Odds

Boise State +110

San Diego State +400

Fresno State +450

Utah State +550

Air Force +1400

Nevada +1800

Hawaii +3300

Wyoming +4000

New Mexico +8000

Colorado State +10000

UNLV +10000

San Jose State +15000

Boise State is the symbol of excellence within the Mountain West. Though it’s failed to dominate the conference as expected before joining it back in 2011, the Broncos have been a staple of the conference in the years since doing so. Bryan Harsin’s kids have qualified for the Mountain West title game each of the last two seasons, and they have it in them to make it a third straight this upcoming season with the defense returning eight starters from a unit that conceded just over 22.0 points per game. While Brett Rypien and Alexander Mattison need to be replaced offensively, the rest of the depth chart remains largely intact.

Pushing the Broncos for Mountain Division supremacy will be the Utah State Aggies who have their quarterback returning from a season ago. And he just so happens to be one of the conference’s best in Jordan Love who went on to throw for nearly 3,600 yards and a 32:6 TD/INT ratio last season. Those outputs ranked out as the No. 1 quarterback in the conference! Gary Anderson returns to Logan for a second g round off poor showing at both Wisconsin and Oregon State. While he’s got some nice pieces on both sides of the ball, there are some glaring holes. Hopefully they’ll all have been filled when Boise state comes a calling in their final home game of the season in late November.

Fresno State has proven to be the team to beat in the West Division having represented it in the title game each of the last two seasons. Tedford has done a phenomenal job resurrecting the program after a couple lean years, and has done so by turning the stop unit into a defensive juggernaut. Six starters return from a defense that held foes to just 14.1 points per game last season. While Mykal Walker, Juju Hughes and Jaron Bryant are back in the mix, there were some huge defections to the NFL. The defense allowed for an underperforming offense to get away with being average at best. While the defense should still be good, it’s unclear as to whether it will be good enough to once again mask the offenses inefficiencies that only returns a pair of starters and has to replace its quarterback.

This is a big season for Rocky Long who saw his troops get out to a solid 6-1 start only to manage one triumph over its last six games. Most of the reason why was because of the offense; Long has already stated that numerous tweaks will be made to it heading into the regular season in hopes of putting a spark into the unit. The defense will rank out amongst the best in the Mountain West though there is some uncertainty along the defensive line. Either way, the Aztecs get the Bulldogs on their home turf and will be looking to avenge last season’s 23-14 loss at Bulldog Stadium where they got shutout in the second half.

With Cole McDonald back under center for the Rainbow Warriors, you might want to entertain the thought of throwing a few shekels down on Nick Rolovich’s squad at a 33-1 return just in case. Hawaii gets the benefit of having both San Diego State and Fresno State pay it a visit on the island; you know anything can happen in Aloha Stadium in those late Saturday night kicks! In the Mountain Division, Air Force and its 14-1 odds to win the Mountain West certainly look attractive with Troy Calhoun’s Flyboys looking to build off a 5-7 season that saw all seven defeats come by 10 points or less. The Falcons can run the pigskin and stop opposing ground attacks with the best of them, but needs to drastically improve its pass defense if it’s to take that next step. Rogers or no Rogers, UNLV needs to show it can stop a peewee football team from putting points on the board first before it can be taken as a serious conference title contender. Don’t sleep on Wyoming and Nevada being drastically improved this season as well!

Mountain West bragging rights are going to be tough to come by in 2019. Even so, it’s tough not to side with the favored Boise State Broncos with the program having the fewest question marks entering the season along with the pedigree of getting to the show recently. The Broncos have hosted the Mountain West Championship Game in three of the last five seasons, so it’s tough betting against this year’s installment not being played on the Smurf Turf as well.

Mountain West Football Format

The Mountain West Conference has a poster child in Boise State, unfortunately much of the Broncos success came when the team was still a member of the WAC. The team made two appearances in a BCS bowl game before joining the MWC and participated in a New Year’s Six game after the move. Bryan Harsin’s troops did however secure its second Mountain West title in 2017 when it won a 17-14 defensive grinder against Fresno State. The Bulldogs attained their revenge the following season when Jeff Tedford’s kids scored the 19-16 dramatic overtime win against the Broncos on the Smurf Turf. Only three schools have won the Mountain West title game came since it came into existence; them being San Diego State, Boise State and Fresno State.

The Mountain West Conference originally started when members of the Western Athletic Conference broke away to form their own league. At the time the WAC was the first super-conference consisting of 16 teams and the major players wanted to downsize. Teams came and went during a turbulent early existence. BYU left to become an independent in football and Utah left to fill out the Pac-12.

San Jose State and Utah State joined for the 2013 season after the WAC failed to support enough football programs. San Diego State and Boise State remained in the league after entertaining offers from the Big East and the MWC had its current 12-team alignment. Two six-team divisions were formed called the Mountain and West and the league introduced a conference championship game that season.

Teams play one game with its division rival and three cross-over games for a total of eight conference tilts. Division winners meet at the home of the team with the best record to determine the league’s champion. The MWC has ties with the Arizona Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Arizona Bowl, Cactus Bowl, San Francisco Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl. If Hawaii is eligible, it will play in the Hawaii Bowl.

List of Mountain West Champions

2018 Fresno State Fresno State Boise State
2017 Boise State Fresno State Boise State
2016 San Diego State San Diego State Wyoming
2015 San Diego State San Diego State Air Force
2014 Boise State Fresno State Boise State
2013 Fresno State Fresno State Utah State
2012 Boise State/Fresno State/San Diego State N/A N/A
2011 TCU N/A N/A
2010 TCU N/A N/A
2009 TCU N/A N/A
2008 Utah N/A N/A
2007 BYU N/A N/A
2006 BYU N/A N/A
2005 TCU N/A N/A
2004 Utah N/A N/A
2003 Utah N/A N/A
2002 Colorado State N/A N/A
2001 BYU N/A N/A
2000 Colorado State N/A N/A
1999 BYU/Colorado State/Utah N/A N/A

The MWC is relatively new and the addition of a conference championship game is even more recent. So there isn’t much history, especially considering the turnover the league has dealt with in its short time. One might think that Boise State, given all the success the program has enjoyed, would have a few more conference titles than the two tallied to this point. Again, most of Boise State’s success came during its years in the WAC before joining the MWC for the 2011 season.

Only two teams have represented the West in the conference championship game. Fresno State has played in three while San Diego State has qualified for two. The Aztecs became the first road team to win in four tries by knocking off Wyoming in the 2016 conference title tilt. Fresno State became the next in 2018. The Mountain Division has had four different representatives in its playing – Utah State, Boise State, Air Force and Wyoming. Despite having the most league titles of any current team, Colorado State has yet to appear in a conference championship game.

Most Mountain West Conference Championships

4 BYU * 2007
4 TCU * 2011
4 Utah * 2008
3 Colorado State 2002
3 San Diego State 2016
3 Boise State 2017
3 Fresno State 2018
0 Air Force ---
0 Hawaii ---
0 Nevada ---
0 New Mexico ---
0 San Jose State ---
0 UNLV ---
0 Utah State ---
0 Wyoming ---

Exactly half of the teams in the MWC have been around since its formation and four of them have yet to win a conference title. At least Air Force and Wyoming have been to the championship game, that’s more than can be said for New Mexico and UNLV. The league was formed with the help of BYU and Utah and those two schools, along with TCU, have claimed 12 MWC titles between them.

BYU and Utah left the league in 2011 and TCU was gone a year later, yet the three have combined for more titles than the rest of the membership. With three championships each, Colorado State and San Diego State have earned the most of any current team with Boise State just one back. Two-thirds of the league’s members are without a title and that’s unlikely to change in 2017.

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