2015 MWC Football Betting Preview
After claiming their first outright conference title since joining the Mountain West in 2011 the Boise State Broncos have emerged as clear -300 favorites to repeat in 2015 in MWC championship betting at BetOnline.
The Broncos wrapped up 2014 at No. 16 in the AP Top 25 rankings, posting a 12-2 overall record, 7-1 in the conference, topped by a stunning 38-30 win over Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.
The San Diego State Aztecs, who finished tied with the Bulldogs for top spot in the MWC West Division with a 5-3 record, sit second on the MWC odds at +600. The Aztecs were a perfect 6-0 at home last season, but were regularly outclassed on the road, going 1-5.
The Utah State Aggies also finished 6-0 last season, finishing 9-3 overall, 6-2 in the conference, and sport +1000 odds.
The Air Force Falcons reached the 10-win mark a year ago for the first time since 1998, finishing 10-3, but were a middling 5-3 against conference rivals. The Falcons will have a number of key offensive personnel back this season, which combined with an easier schedule lifts their odds to +1600.
Led by the WC Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Garrett Grayson, the Colorado State Rams owned the eighth-ranked passing game in the nation in 2014, and finished the season with a 6-2 conference record, 10-3 overall. But with Grayson now departed for the NFL, the Rams approach the upcoming campaign at +1800 in MWC betting at BetOnline.
The Nevada Wolf Pack finished with a disappointing 4-4 conference record in 2014 and sit at +2500 on the MWC odds, just ahead of the the defending MWC West champion Fresno State Bulldogs, who have fallen to a distant +2800.
At the back of the pack, the Hawaii Warriors join the San Jose State Spartans and the Wyoming Cowboys at +6600, followed by the New Mexico Lobos at +8000, and the longshot UNLV Rebels at +30000.
2015/16 Mountain West Conference Champion
Odds as of July 20 at BetOnline
- Boise State -300
- San Diego State +600
- Utah State +1000
- Air Force +1600
- Colorado State +1800
- Nevada +2500
- Fresno State +2800
- Hawaii +6600
- San Jose State +6600
- Wyoming +6600
- New Mexico +8000
- UNLV +30000
Boise State fell short of a Mountain West conference title last season, leaving Fresno State and Utah State to battle for the conference championship. The oddsmakers at the sportsbooks, however, have Boise State set as the favorite on the odds to win the MWC championship this season.
Boise State went 6-2 in conference play last season, ending up one game behind Utah State in the Mountain division. At 5Dimes, though, Boise State sits as the +165 favorite on the odds to win the conference, ahead of +280 Utah State and +350 Fresno State.
Fresno State beat Utah State 24-17 in last year's Mountain West Conference championship game.
Nevada is then at +925 on the odds to win the MWC championship, with San Diego State at +1400, Colorado State at +2200, San Jose State at +3500, and each of UNLV, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Air Force at +4000. New Mexico, just 1-7 in conference play last season, is the longshot on the MWC football betting lines for this season at +8000.
2014 Odds to Win the MWC Championship at 5Dimes as of August 18:
Boise State +165
Utah State +280
Fresno State +350
San Diego State +1400
Colorado State +2200
San Jose State +3500
Air Force +4000
New Mexico +8000
Utah State and San Jose State join the Mountain West this season as the conference expands to 12 teams, but the Boise State Broncos remain the class of the MWC and the favorites to claim another title in 2013.
Boise State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 100/1)
The Broncos are coming off an 11-2 straight-up campaign in 2012 that included a 7-1 SU run in the conference. They were just 6-7 against the spread including a costly 2-5 ATS record at home.
Fresno State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Bulldogs' 20-10 loss to Boise State last season cost them the MWC title after finishing 7-1 SU in conference play. They were 9-4 SU overall and a highly profitable 11-2 ATS. They went 9-1 ATS as a favorite.
San Jose State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Spartans closed out their run in the WAC with a 5-1 SU record in conference play and an 11-2 SU run overall. They were also 11-2 ATS and the total went OVER in eight of 12 games.
San Diego State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Aztecs were the third team in the MWC last season to win seven of eight conference games SU. They went 9-4 SU overall and 8-5 ATS. They were 4-1 ATS on the road in 2012.
Utah State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Aggies won the WAC last season with a perfect 6-0 SU mark and they were 11-2 SU overall. This is another profitable team from a year ago with an 11-1-1 ATS record overall. The total stayed UNDER in nine of 12 games.
Nevada (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Wolf Pack failed to cover in seven of eight games as favorites and they were 4-8-1 ATS overall. They went 7-6 SU including a 4-4 SU record in the MWC.
Air Force (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Falcons were the second-best rushing team in the nation last season but ranked 122nd in Division IA in passing. They were 6-7 SU and a costly 3-10 ATS.
Wyoming (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Cowboys went 5-1 ATS last season on the road, but they only covered in two of six home games. They were 4-8 SU on the year.
Colorado State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Rams went 4-8 SU in 2012 and 4-6-2 ATS. They were listed as favorites in just two games and finished 1-0-1 ATS in those contests.
UNLV (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Rebels won just two games last season SU but they were 7-5-1 ATS. They posted a 2-3-1 ATS record on the road but went 5-2 ATS in seven home games.
New Mexico (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Lobos only managed to win one conference game SU in 2012 and they were 4-9 SU overall. They went 6-5-1 ATS and the total stayed UNDER in eight of 12 games.
Hawaii (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
It was a season to forget for the Warriors in 2012 with a 2-9 SU (4-7 ATS) record overall and a 1-7 SU mark in the MWC.