The Bulldogs won their third MWC championship since joining the league in 2012. Fresno State lost 24-17 to Boise State on the road during the regular season but the Bulldogs avenged their loss to the Broncos in the conference title game, earning a 19-16 win in overtime.
The Broncos fell short of winning their second Mountain West title in three years when they lost 19-16 in overtime to Fresno State in the MW title game and was the last official game as Boise State’s trip to the First Responder Bowl against Boston College resulted in a game cancellation due to lightning in the first quarter with the Broncos trailing 7-0 for a 10-3 overall (7-1 MWC) finish.
The Aztecs were 6-1 through their first seven games, including wins over ranked Arizona State and Boise State but SDSU lost their final three Mountain West games before losing 27-0 to Ohio in the Frisco Bowl to finish 7-6 overall (4-4 MWC)
The Aggies entered their late season matchup against division rival Boise State last season on a 10-game win streak. However, Utah State lost and missed out on a chance to play in its first MWC Championship Game since 2013 but ended the season with a and easy win over North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl to finish 11-2 overall (7-1 MWC) in the end of of the Coach Matt Wells era, who departed for the Texas Tech head coaching job.
Air Force mildly exceeded expectations, finishing fourth in MW Mountain Division after failing to deliver consecutive wins all season to finish 5-7 overall (3-5 MW)–its second straight five win season.
Last year started off very well at 6-1 before Hawaii dropped four in a row. The only loss in that seven-game stretch was a seven-point loss to Army.
After an off-season suspension on allegations that he physically assaulted players last year, Coach Bob Davie remained on the job but finished with his second straight 3-9 season (1-7 MWC).
After three years of improvement in the win column, UNLV suffered a major QB injury and the Rebels dipped to just 4-8 overall (2-6 MWC).
The old joke “there’s nowhere, but up to go” is painfully true for the Spartans. Coach Brent Brennan is an accomplished coach who has helped produce many NFL names, but simply struggles to produce wins at SJSU.
Hawai’i vs. Louisiana Tech (Hawai’i Bowl) When: Saturday, December 22, 19:30 PM EST Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI TV/Streaming: ESPN, WatchESPN (subscription req’d) Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (T-2nd, Mountain West West, 8-5, 5-3) Hawai’i is making its eighth SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl appearance and second in the last three years. This is their 12th overall bowl overall. Hawai‘i […]
South Florida and Houston had big home wins over Power 5 squads and Navy had the upset win over previously Top 5 in the Power Poll Memphis to highlight Week 2 action in the FBS Group of Five schools. The biggest riser for a second straight week has to be Hawai’i, where a team we […]
Here at College Sports Journal, we thought it would be best to see how the Group of Five stack up with our opinions and not so much the Sagarin rankings alone. We will still be sharing the Top 25 Sagarin rankings weekly but we will also now start a power poll that will take the […]
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 […]
Boise State Broncos Location: Boise, ID Coach: Bryan Harsin (49-17) 5th Season Stadium: Albertsons Stadium (Capacity: 36,387) CSJ Projections: 1st: Mountain West (1st Mountain Division) 1st: Idaho 32nd: FBS 33rd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: After two seasons of not only not winning the Mountain West Conference but also not even winning the Mountain Division, […]
Fresno State Bulldogs Location: Fresno, CA Coach: Jeff Tedford (10-4 @FSU, 92-61 overall) 2nd Season Stadium: Bulldog Stadium (Capacity: 41,031) CSJ Projections: 2nd: Mountain West (1st West Division) 3rd: California 51st: FBS 53rd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Bulldogs, who were coming into the season after finishing 1-11 in 2016, overcame two early losses […]
Wyoming at New Mexico State When: Saturday, August 25, 8:00 PM MDT Where: Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM TV/Streaming Coverage: ESPN2/Watch ESPN Wyoming: CSJ’s 2018 Preview Capsule Wyoming was in the consciousness MWC pick last season because of eventual first round pick Josh Allen starring at quarterback. Allen actually had a modest year especially being injured, but […]
Hawai’i at Colorado State When: Saturday, August 25, 5:30 PM MDT Where: Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, CO TV/Streaming Coverage: CBS Sports Network, [FuboTV], CBS Sports App Hawai’i : CSJ’s 2018 Preview Capsule Hawai’i heads to Colorado as the islands prepare for Hurricane Lane, which is expected to be a category four or five storm. It won’t be easy to play, […]
San Diego State Aztecs Location: San Diego, CA Coach: Rocky Long (64-29 @SDSU, 129-98 overall) 8th Season Stadium: SDCCU Stadium (Capacity: 70,561) CSJ Projections: 3rd: Mountain West (2nd West Division) 6th: California 59th: FBS 57th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Aztecs have become a dominant force in the Mountain West, although SDSU slipped […]
Wyoming Cowboys Location: Laramie, WY Coach: Craig Bohl (22-29 @Wyo., 125-61 overall) 5th Season Stadium: War Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 29,181) CSJ Projections: 4th: Mountain West (2nd Mountain Division) 1st: Wyoming 70th: FBS 73rd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Coming off a MWC Mountain Division title and having an All-American quarterback returning, most thought the […]
Colorado State Rams Location: Fort Collins, CO Coach: Mike Bobo (21-18) 4th Season Stadium: Canvas Stadium (Capacity: 41,200) CSJ Projections: 5th: Mountain West (3rd Mountain Division) 2nd: Colorado 78th: FBS 82nd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: CSU went 7-6 for the third straight year under Coach Bobo in what has to be considered a disappointing […]
Utah State Aggies Location: Logan, UT Coach: Matt Wells (34-32) 6th Season Stadium: Maverik Stadium (Capacity: 25,513) CSJ Projections: 6th: Mountain West (4th Mountain Division) 3rd: Utah 83rd: FBS 87th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Coming off a 3-9 season in 2016, the Aggies improved to finish with six wins and an Arizona Bowl […]
Air Force Falcons Location: Colorado Springs, CO Coach: Troy Calhoun (82-60) 12th Season Stadium: Falcon Stadium (Capacity: 46,692) CSJ Projections: 7th: Mountain West (5th Mountain Division) 3rd: Colorado 87th: FBS 93rd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: It was a rough season for the Falcons, stumbling to a 5-7 record with Commander In Chief trophy losses […]
Nevada Wolf Pack Location: Reno, NV Coach: Jay Norvell (3-9) 2nd Season Stadium: Mackay Stadium (Capacity: 29,993) CSJ Projections: 8th: Mountain West (3rd West Division) 1st: Nevada 100th: FBS 110th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Nevada made legitimate offensive strides in the second half of Coach Norvell’s first season, and after starting 0-5, the Pack finished […]
UNLV Rebels Location: Las Vegas, NV Coach: Tony Sanchez (12-24) 4th Season Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium (Capacity: 35,000) CSJ Projections: 9th: Mountain West (4th West Division) 2nd: Nevada 103rd: FBS 115th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: It was a season of what might have been for the Rebels where they finished 5-7 but had three […]
New Mexico Lobos Location: Albuquerque, NM Coach: Bob Davie (30-45 @ UNM, 65-70 overall) 7th Season Stadium: Dreamstyle Stadium (Capacity: 39,224) CSJ Projections: 10th: Mountain West (6th Mountain Division) 2nd: New Mexico 114th: FBS 141st: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Lobos began 2017 with three wins in five games, and then lost on at […]
Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors Location: Honolulu, HI Coach: Nick Rolovich (10-16) 3rd Season Stadium: Aloha Stadium (Capacity: 50,000) CSJ Projections: 11th: Mountain West (5th in West Division) 1st: Hawai’i 122nd: FBS 170th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Warriors slumped to its seventh straight losing season in going just 3-9 with just one win in MWC […]
San Jose State Spartans Location: San Jose, CA Coach: Brent Brennan (2-11) 2nd Season Stadium: CEFCU Stadium (Capacity: 30,456) CSJ Projections: 12th: Mountain West (6th West Division) 9th: California 124th: FBS 180th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Coach Brennan’s first season in San Jose was rather rough as SJSU scored just 15.8 points per game […]
CSJ’s Predicted Order of finish: Mountain Division Boise State * Colorado State Wyoming Air Force New Mexico Utah State West Division San Diego State Nevada UNLV Fresno State Hawaii San Jose State *Overall Conference Champion Order below in overall order of pick Boise State Fearless Forecast: The past two seasons have proved Boise State is […]
Here at College Sports Journal, we have been covering the Division I FCS football sub-division with most of us here have followed this area for over 15 years. We are now looking to expand our football coverage to bring to the so-called lower half of the FBS ranks—the named Group of Five. The Group of […]
Everyone knows about Eastern Washington, Northern Iowa and Richmond this past weekend. As so often happens seemingly every year, the best of the best in FCS surprise everyone but themselves in the first week of the college football season, taking down members of the “Power Five” conferences that didn’t see it coming – Washington State, […]
The Big 12 has made some news this college football offseason as they have been publicly mulling expansion. They’ve been thinking about expanding by 2 teams, putting them at 12 overall, or 4 teams, putting them at 14. Reportedly eighteen schools, including some head-scratching candidates such as Air Force and Arkansas State, have pitched the Big […]