Where are all the Mountain West teams going this post-season? What bowls are their destiny? Here are the College Football News preseason predictions and bowl projections looking at where the Mountain West teams will go.
2016 Mountain West Preseason Bowl Projections
Is this the year the Mountain West sends a team to the College Football Playoff? That’s the crazy call to start out the year, and at the very least, it should send a team to the New Year’s Six. If that happens, then the entire league gets a huge break filling its bowl ties.
If a Mountain West champion doesn’t get into one of the big bowls, it’ll go to the Las Vegas Bowl vs. the Pac-12. After that, the league sends the teams to the bowl games it wants to based on the best matchups possible. Geography plays a big role in the equation, too, especially considering the make-up of the league.
So with all that in mind, the 2016 preseason Mountain West bowl projections are …
Not Projected Bowl Eligible: Fresno State, Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV, Wyoming
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. College Football Playoff
Boise State vs. LSU
1. Las Vegas Bowl vs. Pac-12
San Diego State vs. Stanford
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC
Nevada vs. Toledo
Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. American Athletic
Utah State vs. UTEP
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Conference USA
New Mexico vs. Southern Miss
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia vs. BYU (or MAC if BYU not available)
Bowling Green vs. Air Force