Fan’s Preview of Final 2012 Mountain West Conference Standings

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After reviewing the spring practices and notes on how teams are doing heading into the 2012 season, the Mountain West Conference is still looking a bit cloudy as to who will prevail. With that said, here's the likely standings after the end of conference play and who will win the Mountain West.

10. New Mexico Lobos - New head coach Bob Davies will have his hands full with a team that has been dismal at best over the past few years. They will improve but last place is theirs in 2012.

9. UNLV Rebels - They were not very good last year and it's hard to find much good again this season. Skill players are their strength though and the Rebels have the look of someone who might upset a team or two.

8. Wyoming Cowboys - To say they were lucky last year is an understatement and it would seem that luck might run out in 2012. They are young and most of their offense is coming back so it's conceivable they could surprise but this is where they will likely finish.

7. Colorado State Rams - This team had all the bad luck a season ago but with their defense pretty much intact and the offense looking good, former Alabama assistant Jim McElwain (new head coach) appears to have a shot at a bowl … a long shot, but a shot nonetheless.

6. Fresno State Bulldogs - A disappointing and rare losing season last year should see the Bulldogs offense improved in 2012; but, their defense was the big problem and that doesn't look much different for the coming year. Still, they should be at least a .500 club this season.

5. Hawaii Warriors - If anyone tells you they know what kind of team this will be in 2012, they would be lying. Big question marks are everywhere with a new head coach (Norm Chow) and new system but there is a lot of talent on this club - and the defense may be where they make their season. This is the type of team that might end up with double digit wins or double digit losses.

4. Air Force Falcons - This team looked like they would be Top 25 a year ago but didn't quite get there. With their quarterback and leading running back gone, it's hard to see them being as superb a team as last year but the Falcons will be good enough for a bowl game in 2012.

3. San Diego State Aztecs - Defense may not be as good as last year plus their quarterback is gone. However, they have talent and should make a charge at the conference title but a couple losses in November will probably keep them out of first.

2. Nevada Wolf Pack - Hall of Fame head coach Chris Ault (source - College Football Hall of Fame) always puts a solid team on the field every year and 2012 won't be any different. Their defense may be a little shaky but a decent schedule could allow them to be playing Boise State at the end of the year for the conference crown.

1. Boise State Broncos - Yes, I've talked about the Mountain West being up for grabs and I'm not waffling on that assumption. But in the end, even with key offensive players gone and most of the defense as well, Boise State should find a way to win the Mountain West.

The top three teams are capable of winning the title but lack of experience at quarterback makes all the top five listed teams susceptible to critical losses, especially when it counts - on the road.

Sources - Mountain West Conference, Yahoo! Sports

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