Mountain West 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

Mountain West 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

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Mountain West 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis


The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Mountain West.


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Mountain West 2018 Spring Rankings

Based on how good the teams appear to be this spring.

12. New Mexico Lobos

This is just a hot mess. With all the slings and arrows being thrown at head coach Bob Davie, to the issues with last year’s collapse, everything shapes up for a rough season. The offense needs an identity again – but with a slew of new players – and the defensive back seven needs to surprise.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

11. San Jose State Spartans

Can Brent Brennan find more offensive pop in his second year at the helm? He’s got the experience returning on defense with eight starters back, but the O needs to be more explosive. Just two starters are back up front, but the skill guys are there.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

10. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

It doesn’t help to lose QB Dru Brown to Oklahoma State and WR Ryan Collie to BYU. Now the offense has to replace eight starters, and while the defense has a few playmakers, it’s not going to do enough if the Rainbow Warrior offense isn’t keeping up in shootouts.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

9. UNLV Rebels

Can this finally be the season UNLV breaks through under Tony Sanchez? The skill players are there with QB Armani Rogers leading a great-looking attack. But can the Rebels stop anyone? Five starters have to be replaced, but four of the top five tacklers return.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

8. Utah State Aggies

All five starters are back up front, but the offense has to be more consistent and far more secure with the ball – a downfield passing attack would be nice. There’s no excuse to not be far better on the defensive side with the front seven returning intact, but the secondary loses some important parts.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

7. Nevada Wolf Pack

After a year to figure it all out, this is when the passing game has to start working. The Air Raid O will blow off the ground game, but are the weapons there to make it happen? Just about everyone is back, and it’ll all have to work with a scary-bad looking defensive front seven. The secondary has experience, though.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

6. Colorado State Rams

The Rams were bailed out by Washington-then-UCLA grad transfer KJ Carta-Samuels coming in to help a frightening quarterback situation. Now the rest of the offense needs starters, too, with eight gone. The D is undergoing an overhaul, too, with just four returning starters.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

5. Air Force Falcons

It’s all about being tougher and more physical on both sides of the ball. The defense was a major clunker, but the system has to produce more playmakers with too many of last year’s main men done. The offense needs to get back control of games, and do it with just one starter back on the line.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

4. Wyoming Cowboys

There’s no Josh Allen around anymore, but it’s not like the offense was rolling with him at the helm. The Cowboys could use some more pop on O, and it’ll be helped with five starters back up front. The D that was so amazing at taking the ball aways gets back the top six tacklers including S Andrew Wingard – possibly the best defensive back you haven’t seen.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

3. Fresno State Bulldogs

Can Jeff Tedford build on the amazing success of one of the nation’s most surprising seasons? Absolutely, starting with a loaded secondary that’ll anchor another great defense. The O needs a little more pop, but QB Marcus McMaryion and WR KeeSean Johnson will be fantastic. Da’Mari Scott is done, but all the other Fresno State pass catchers return.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

2. San Diego State Aztecs

No, there’s no Rashaad Penny returning, but the running game will still be fantastic with all five starters back up front. Getting back veteran QB Christian Chapman helps, but the receivers need to show up. As always, the Aztec defense will be a killer, even though five starters have to be replaced.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

1. Boise State Broncos

Set the expectation at this being the best team in the Mountain West with the New Year’s Six bowl in play. All four starters are back on the defensive front and in the secondary, but losing do-it-all star LB Leighton Vander Esch hurts.  QB Brett Rypien needs to stay healthy, but combine him with RB Alexander Mattison, and look out for the O if the receiving corps can find a few new weapons.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

 

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