Mountain West 2011 Odds Preview
The Mountain West Conference is going through some serious changes.
*Editor Note: The MWC odds preview for 2013 is here
There's a new bully in town as Boise State move in, but BYU and Utah are now gone, and TCU is leaving after this year. The Mountain West will then add Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada next year. For the time being, let's concentrate on this season in the Mountain West.
Boise State Broncos (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 2/7)
Boise State returns 14 starters this year, led by QB and Heisman contender Kellen Moore, 1,200-yard rusher Doug Martin, and seven on defense, from a team that went 12-1 last year. And they get TCU and Air Force on the blue turf in Boise.
TCU Horned Frogs (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 7/2)
The two-time defending Mountain West champs only get back eight starters this year, just three on offense, from the team that went 13-0, won the Rose Bowl, and finished No. 2 in the final BCS rankings last year. The Frogs lose their starting QB, four from the o-line, and more than half the defense, and as mentioned above they have to play at Boise.
San Diego State Aztecs (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 12/1)
San Diego State went 5-3 in the Mountain West last year, then saw head coach Brady Hoke bolt for Michigan. New head coach Rocky Long gets 13 starters back, led by QB Ryan Lindley, 1,500-yard rusher Ronnie Hillman, four on the o-line, but only five on defense. The Aztecs get their shots at the big boys in the conference as they host both TCU and Boise State.
Air Force Falcons (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 16/1)
The Falcons return 14 starters after going 5-3 in the Mountain West for the third straight season last year. They get back their starting QB, leading rusher, three on the o-line, and eight on what should be one of the league's better defenses. They get TCU at home but have to go to Boise State.
Colorado State Rams (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 25/1)
Colorado State has 14 starters back from a 2-6 MWC team of last season. Four are along the o-line, and the Rams are expecting good things out of sophomore QB Pete Thomas - but they better get better on defense after giving up 35 PPG last year.
Wyoming Cowboys (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 33/1)
The Cowboys dropped to just 1-7 in conference play last year, but return 14 starters, including four on the o-line and six of the defensive front seven.
UNLV Rebels (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 80/1)
The Rebels went 2-6 in the MWC last year and only get 11 starters back this year.
New Mexico Lobos (Odds to Win MWC at Bovada 150/1)
New Mexico State is just 2-14 in MWC play in two seasons under head coach Mike Locksley, but they return a league-high 15 starters for this season.