The Mountain West Conference looks to be all Boise State this year, but there’s usually a bit of uncertainty in the MWC and this year might prove to be no different. While Boise has the best team on paper, they still have to get the win at Utah State in what will likely decide the Mountain Division, while Fresno State and San Diego State should battle it out for the West Division title.
Boise State does have to replace quarterback Brett Rypien and looks to have settled on freshman Hank Bachmeier, at least for the team’s opening game against Florida State. The Broncos’ defense returns eight starters and will be one of better defenses in the country and BSU is strong along both fronts, which you always like to see.
Boise’s biggest challenge could well come from Utah State, but they only return two starters on offense, although one of them is quarterback Jordan Love. There will be plenty of shuffling on the offensive line, with four new starters.
Fresno State and San Diego State both have lower odds than Utah State, although that’s likely due to them being the top two teams in the West and not having to worry about Boise until the championship game. Fresno State’s odds are a little lower than San Diego State’s, but the Bulldogs will have to travel to San Diego for that match-up.
We’ll look at the odds from 5Dimes as of Aug. 24.
Odds to Win the 2019 Mountain West Conference Championship
|San Diego State||+550|
|Colorado State, UNLV||+10000|
|San Jose State||+50000|
Hard to go against Boise State, but you can’t be thrilled with the +110 odds here, especially since Fresno State and San Diego State have the potential to be pretty strong teams.
Odds to Win the Mountain West Conference Mountain Division
The odds on Air Force are a little bit lower than would be expected for a division with a -160 favorite, especially with Utah State at less than 4-to-1 and the Falcons should have a pretty decent team this year, but not so sure they’ll be able to keep up with Boise State.
Odds to Win the Mountain West Conference West Division
|San Diego State||+145|
|San Jose State||+15000|
If this one plays out as expected, the West will come down to the winner of the Fresno State at San Diego State game. The teams are fairly evenly matched, so it should turn out to be a pretty decent contest.