CSJ Conference Preview: Mountain West Conference

College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of the Mountain West Conference, the fourth of our Group of Five Conference previews.

The Mountain West Conference heads into 2018 with familiar faces projected to be at the top of the league. Boise State won the league last year and won its bowl game–the Las Vegas Bowl last year over Oregon.  The Broncos should challenge for a New Year’s Six bowl bid.

In the West Division, San Diego State and Fresno State are the teams to beat once again. The Bulldogs seem to be a bit stronger than the Aztecs, but it’s a tossup for the top spot in the West.

Utah State, Colorado State and Wyoming seem to be the biggest challengers to Boise State in the Mountain Division.

For information and details on each school’s prospects for 2018, click on the links below.

Mountain Division

  1. Boise State
  2. Wyoming
  3. Colorado State
  4. Utah State
  5. Air Force
  6. New Mexico

West Division

  1. Fresno State
  2. San Diego State
  3. Nevada
  4. UNLV
  5. Hawai’i
  6. San Jose State

2018 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year
QB Brett Rypien, senior, Boise State

Preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year
DB Andrew Wingard, senior, Wyoming

Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year  
KR Avery Williams, sophomore, Boise State 

2018 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team
OFFENSE
QBBrett Rypien**Sr.Boise State
WRKeeSean Johnson*Sr.Fresno State
WRMcLane MannixSo.Nevada
RBAlexander MattisonJr.Boise State
RBLexington Thomas*Sr.UNLV
OLEzra ClevelandSo.Boise State
OLJohn MolchonJr.Boise State
OLAaron JenkinsSr.New Mexico
OLKeith Ismael**So.San Diego State
OLTyler Roemer**So.San Diego State
TEDax RaymondJr.Utah State
DEFENSE
DLDavid Moa**Sr.Boise State
DLCurtis Weaver*So.Boise State
DLYouhanna Ghaifan*Jr.Wyoming
DLCarl Granderson*Sr.Wyoming
LBJeffrey Allison*Jr.Fresno State
LBJahlani Tavai**Sr.Hawai‘i
LBMalik ReedSr.Nevada
DBTyler Horton*Sr.Boise State
DBDameon Baber*Sr.Nevada
DBTariq Thompson**So.San Diego State
DBAndrew WingardSr.Wyoming
SPECIALISTS
PRyan StonehouseSo.Colorado State
PKDominik Eberle*Jr.Utah State
KR/PRAvery Williams**So.Boise State
* – MEMBER OF THE 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM.
** – MEMBER OF THE 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST SECOND TEAM.

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