2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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MOUNTAIN WEST: MOUNTAIN

Mountain West Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Air Force Falcons

Always a wild-card team depending on how the new parts fill in, this year, there’s enough experience to think that a bowl game should be a lock. Going to Colorado and Boise State are likely losses, but everything else is winnable considering Fresno State and Utah State have to come to Colorado Springs.

2018 Record: 5-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Colgate
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 at Colorado
Sept. 21 at Boise State
Sept. 28 San Jose State
Oct. 5 at Navy
Oct. 12 Fresno State
Oct. 19 at Hawaii
Oct. 26 Utah State
Nov. 2 Army
Nov. 9 at New Mexico
Nov. 16 at Colorado State
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 Wyoming
Full Schedule Analysis

Boise State Broncos

It’s a terrific team returning as long as the offensive backfield gets settled right away. Playing Florida State in Jacksonville will be a tone-setter. Win that, and the New Year’s Six talk – and more – is on. Going to BYU and taking a trip to Utah State will be interesting, but it’ll take a few big upsets to beat the Broncos after the opener.

2018 Record: 10-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 10-2

Aug. 31 Florida State (in Jacksonville)
Sept. 7 Marshall
Sept. 14 Portland State
Sept. 21 Air Force
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at UNLV
Oct. 12 Hawaii
Oct. 19 at BYU
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at San Jose State
Nov. 9 Wyoming
Nov. 16 New Mexico
Nov. 23 at Utah State
Nov. 30 at Colorado State
Full Schedule Analysis

Colorado State Rams

The Rams will rebound a bit from last year’s clunky disaster, but it’s going to be a rough start to get there. Colorado, Arkansas, Utah State and Fresno State are all away from Fort Collins. Home dates against Toledo, San Diego State and Boise State are hardly a breeze, either.

2018 Record: 3-9
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 30  Colorado (in Denver)
Sept. 7 Western Illinois
Sept. 14 at Arkansas
Sept. 21 Toledo
Sept. 28 at Utah State
Oct. 5 San Diego State
Oct. 12 at New Mexico
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 at Fresno State
Nov. 2 UNLV
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Air Force
Nov. 23 at Wyoming
Nov. 30 Boise State
Full Schedule Analysis

New Mexico Lobos

The injuries that hit the quarterbacks last year can’t come back, but the system is there to possibly break out and turn the Bob Davie era around. Other than the road games at Notre Dame and Boise State, the schedule isn’t all that horrible with six of the first seven games against teams that didn’t go bowling.

2018 Record: 3-9
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 5-7

Aug. 31 Sam Houston State
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 at Notre Dame
Sept. 21 New Mexico State
Sept. 28 at Liberty
Oct. 5 at San Jose State
Oct. 12 Colorado State
Oct. 19 at Wyoming
Oct. 26 Hawaii
Nov. 2 at Nevada
Nov. 9 Air Force
Nov. 16 at Boise State
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 Utah State
Full Schedule Analysis

Utah State Aggies

Nah, Gary Andersen won’t be able to come up with last year’s Aggies were able to do, but that’s because the schedule is harder. There aren’t the same layups, but there are enough of them. Going to LSU, Wake Forest, San Diego State and Fresno State should be enough for at least three losses, and that doesn’t include home games against Nevada, Wyoming and Boise State.

2018 Record: 11-2
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 30 at Wake Forest
Sept. 7 Stony Brook
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at San Diego State
Sept. 28 Colorado State
Oct. 5 at LSU
Oct. 12 Nevada
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 at Air Force
Nov. 2 BYU
Nov. 9 at Fresno State
Nov. 16 Wyoming
Nov. 23 Boise State
Nov. 30 at New Mexico
Full Schedule Analysis

Wyoming Cowboys

The experience is there for the offense to be a whole lot better – it can’t be any worse. Starting the year against Missouri won’t help, but the next three games are against teams that didn’t go bowling. With New Mexico, Colorado State and Idaho coming to Laramie, getting to a can’t-ignore-by-bowl-types seven win level is a must.

2018 Record: 6-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Missouri
Sept. 7 at Texas State
Sept. 14 Idaho
Sept. 21 at Tulsa
Sept. 28 UNLV
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at San Diego State
Oct. 19 New Mexico
Oct. 26 Nevada
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Boise State
Nov. 16 at Utah State
Nov. 23 Colorado State
Nov. 30 at Air Force
Full Schedule Analysis

MOUNTAIN WEST: WEST

Mountain West Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Fresno State Bulldogs

Can the Bulldogs somehow get a split against USC and Minnesota to start the  season? Do that, and everything else should be gravy. Going to San Diego State will likely be for the West division title, and everything else on the slate is more than winnable. Getting to double-digit wins again is a solid goal.

2018 Record: 12-2
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 at USC
Sept. 7 Minnesota
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 Sacramento State
Sept. 28 at New Mexico State
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Air Force
Oct. 19 UNLV
Oct. 26 Colorado State
Nov. 2 at Hawaii
Nov. 9 Utah State
Nov. 16 at San Diego State
Nov. 23 Nevada
Nov. 30 at San Jose State
Full Schedule Analysis

Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

The team should be just okay, but there’s always the amazing home field advantage to help the cause. The Rainbow Warriors have to at least split the Power Five home games against Arizona and Oregon State, and getting Fresno State and San Diego State in Honolulu is a massive plus. There are enough sure wins to get close to bowl eligibility, but it might come down to the regular season finale against Army.

2018 Record: 8-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-7

Aug. 24 Arizona
Aug. 31 OPEN DATE 
Sept. 7 Oregon State
Sept. 14 at Washington
Sept. 21 Central Arkansas
Sept. 28 at Nevada
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Boise State
Oct. 19 Air Force
Oct. 26 at New Mexico
Nov. 2 Fresno State
Nov. 9 San Jose State
Nov. 16 at UNLV
Nov. 23 San Diego State
Nov. 30 Army
Full Schedule Analysis

Nevada Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack quietly had a strong second season under Jay Norvell, but it might be a fight to improve on it too much with six starters gone on defense. The O, though, should keep on going. Getting to six wins should be a bit of a fight with Purdue, at Oregon, at San Diego State, at Utah State, and at Fresno State to deal with. Even with all five of those as possible losses, everything else is winnable.

2018 Record: 8-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Purdue 
Sept. 7 at Oregon
Sept. 14 Weber State
Sept. 21 at UTEP
Sept. 28 Hawaii
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 San Jose State
Oct. 19 at Utah State
Oct. 26 at Wyoming
Nov. 2 New Mexico
Nov. 9 at San Diego State
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Fresno State
Nov. 30 UNLV
Full Schedule Analysis

San Diego State Aztecs

The Aztecs have to deal with UCLA on the road, but that’s about it for the tough away dates. Utah State, Nevada, and Fresno State all have to come to San Diego, and seven of the first eight games are all against teams that didn’t go bowling. They should be favored in at least ten games.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 Weber State
Sept. 7 at UCLA
Sept. 14 at New Mexico State
Sept. 21 Utah State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Colorado State
Oct. 12 Wyoming
Oct. 19 at San Jose State
Oct. 26 at UNLV
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Nevada
Nov. 16 Fresno State
Nov. 23 at Hawaii
Nov. 30 BYU
Full Schedule Analysis

San Jose State Spartans

There’s enough returning experience to expect more on offense, but the defense will still be an issue. After starting with Northern Colorado, where are the other wins? Home games against Tulsa and New Mexico might be the two big shots with the rest of the dates in San Jose a big problem.

2018 Record: 1-11
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11
2019 Prediction, March Version: 3-9

Aug. 29 Northern Colorado
Sept. 7 Tulsa
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at Arkansas
Sept. 28 at Air Force
Oct. 5 New Mexico
Oct. 12 at Nevada
Oct. 19 San Diego State
Oct. 26 at Army
Nov. 2 Boise State
Nov. 9 at Hawaii
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at UNLV
Nov. 30 Fresno State
Full Schedule Analysis

UNLV Rebels

No, this is the year UNLV should be good under Tony Sanchez. You’ve heard that before, but this year there’s no excuse, at least offensively. The schedule should bring six wins if the Rebels can get by home games against Arkansas State and Hawaii, but it’ll take a few key road wins – like Colorado State and Nevada – to get bowl eligible.

2018 Record: 4-8
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Southern Utah 
Sept. 7 Arkansas State
Sept. 14 at Northwestern
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 at Wyoming
Oct. 5 Boise State
Oct. 12 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 19 at Fresno State
Oct. 26 San Diego State
Nov. 2 at Colorado State
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Hawaii
Nov. 23 San Jose State
Nov. 30 at Nevada
Full Schedule Analysis

2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
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