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2013 Mountain West football season previews for every team

The West's second-best football conference retains perhaps its two best programs, setting up an interesting season. Bill Connelly has advanced statistical previews for every team, with projections, roster breakdowns, and more.

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Boise State is back on the ascent

Boise State lost almost all of its starters and fell apart in 2012 ... all the way to 10 wins and a Top 25 ranking. Unacceptable. Can these ridiculously disappointing Broncos bounce back toward respectability in 2013? (Spoiler: Yes.)

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For SDSU, it's commitment + geography

Geography alone suggests that SDSU should always have at least a competitive football program. But until recently that wasn't the case. Commitment and a couple of strong hires have brought the Aztecs to a sustained level of success that they hadn't seen in almost 40 years.

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Utah State asks, 'Now what?'

Utah State was fantastic in 2012, but the Aggies are now tasked with starting over after the loss of both their head coach and defensive coordinator to Wisconsin. Can Matt Wells and a couple of new coordinators keep the momentum going for a team that still has quite a few stars?

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Lots of wins available in Fresno

Fresno State surged in Tim DeRuyter's first season as head coach. With some fun play-makers and an absurdly easy schedule, the Bulldogs should be able to either maintain or improve upon last year's win total in 2013.

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SJSU rolls the dice again

In just two years at San Jose State, Mike MacIntyre moved a hyphen. The Spartans went 1-12 in 2010 and 11-2 in 2012. MacIntyre has moved on to Colorado, however, leaving behind a team laden with stars but little depth. Can Ron Caragher take the reins and bring another winning season to Spartan Stadium?

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Nevada moves on (again)

The last time head coach Chris Ault retired, the Nevada football program quickly fell into disrepair. Ault returned to fix the program (and invent the Pistol in the process), but upon his latest retirement, are the Wolf Pack more well-prepared for his absence this time around?

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Can Air Force avoid a 4th year of regression?

That Air Force regressed and barely made a bowl in 2012 was predictable: The Falcons had to replace 16 of 22 starters from 2011. That they have regressed for three straight years now, however, is a concern. Can another batch of new starters stem the negative tide for head coach Troy Calhoun? An easy schedule cannot hurt.

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Hawaii had the worst offense in FBS last year

Norm Chow spent decades crafting a reputation for offensive genius, but it's been almost a decade since he was associated with a good college offense. Hawaii had the worst offense in the country last year, in fact, but can a new coordinator and a new blue-chip quarterback begin to turn things around for the Warriors? It can't get much worse after last year.

For more on Hawaii football, visit MWC community Mountain West Connection.

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Wyoming has the same team every year

Wyoming's win total changes drastically each year, even though its overall quality barely changes at all. Entering his fifth year in Laramie, head coach Dave Christensen wields a strong passing game and almost no other proven quantities. After a forgettable four-win season that included an unforgettable post-game rant, does he need to get back to a bowl to save his job?

For more on Cowboys football, visit Wyoming blog Cowboy Altitude, plus MWC blog Mountain West Connection.

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The clock ticks for Hauck and UNLV

The last UNLV coach fought through three two-win seasons, then won five in his fourth. Bobby Hauck has the "two-win seasons" part covered, but can an experienced, deeper Rebel squad actually break through in the win column this time around?

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Baby steps for Colorado State

Jim McElwain's first season as Colorado State's head coach could have gone a lot worse. The Rams actually played relatively well down the stretch, and after battling injury and turnover, the roster is quite a bit more experienced and healthy in 2013. Can CSU actually build and maintain momentum for the first time in quite a while?

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Bob Davie to SB Nation on rebuilding New Mexico

New Mexico completely fell off the radar screen under Mike Locksley, and while the Lobos still weren't very good in Bob Davie's first season in command, they had an identity and stayed mostly competitive. That's a start.

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