You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Mountain West Championship
– The Mountain West has to find a different time slot next year or force the championship game to be moved to a different day. It does start right after the SEC Championship should be ending, and it kicks off 15 minutes before the big ones, but this thing is going to get swallowed up fast by the ACC and Big Ten championships going on at the same time. And if Georgia-Alabama run a little late and bleed into the 7:45 range on the East Coast … forget it.
– Very, very, very very quietly, KeeSean Johnson has had an All-America caliber season. The Fresno State senior was magnificent last year, and he was better this year, with 87 catches for 1,267 yards and eight scores, He was fine in the first matchup – catching eight passes for 95 yards and a score, but was held to 58 yards on five catches in last season’s Mountain West title game. This could be the moment when he finally gets a bit more on the national radar.
– How good has Jeff Tedford been for Fresno State? In his first two seasons at Fresno State, he has two ten-win seasons – and counting. In his 11 years at Cal he had one ten-win season, and that was when his 2006 team tied for the Pac-10 title. Of his six losses so far with the Bulldogs, two have been against Boise State. However, the last time Fresno State won in Boise was 1984.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Mountain West Championship?
Boise State isn’t going to lose the Mountain West Championship game on its own turf.
Fresno State has the make-up, the coaching and the talent to win this – the two teams are almost dead even in talent – but it’s the home field advantage, QB Brett Rypien is way too sharp and playing way too well, and it’ll be another thriller like the first go-round.
The Bronco offensive balance will come through in the fourth quarter, and the defense will hold on as Fresno State won’t be able to get points on its final two drives with chances to pull off the win.
Fearless Prediction & Line
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