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The big 2014 Mountain West football preview countdown, from New Mexico to Boise State

Bill Connelly breaks down every team in maybe the country's best Group of 5 conference, one by one, all in great detail and armed with advanced stats. Follow along!

SB Nation 2014 College Football Countdown

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Boise State the MWC team to beat

Boise State is quite a bit easier to beat than it used to be, but the Broncos have more proven entities than any team in the conference. Bryan Harsin and his energetic staff have a very good chance of engineering a MWC title in their first year.

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Utah State gets Chuckie Keeton back :)

Quarterback Chuckie Keeton is expected to return at 100 percent for Utah State in 2014, but the Aggies' success in the Mountain West will depend on their ability to account for losses, especially in the secondary and on the offensive line.

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Fresno State's still feisty

Derek Carr or no Derek Carr, Tim DeRuyter's third Fresno State team should look a lot like his first two, with lots of pace and ball distribution on offense and all sorts of defensive aggression.

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It isn't happening to Nevada again, is it?

The last time Chris Ault left, Nevada fell apart in short order. And in the first year following his re-retirement, the Wolf Pack didn't lend a lot of confidence to the idea that things will be much different this time around.

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SDSU's foundation is getting stronger

After winning 34 games from 2000-08, San Diego State has won 34 in the last four years. The Aztecs are recruiting well and have an outstanding run defense, but offensive efficiency and pass defense will dictate whether they break through to 10+ wins.

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Air Force has fallen for 4 years

Air Force has regressed for basically four straight years now, and the decline sped up in 2012 and 2013. With two years remaining on his contract, can head coach Troy Calhoun engineer another program turnaround? There is reason to be skeptical.

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SJSU survives one transition, faces another

San Jose State withstood the loss of head coach Mike MacIntyre without a collapse; now the Spartans are tasked with weathering the loss of star quarterback David Fales. Survive 2014, and SJSU could start to thrive in 2015 and beyond.

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Hawaii wasn't as bad as you think

It's just about the most dubious distinction one can imagine, but Hawaii was just about the best 1-11 team you'll ever see last year. The Warriors were far better on paper than in the win column; does that translate to a leap forward in 2014?

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CSU has holes to fill in 2014

Colorado State must replace its two best players and rebuild on both lines. But Jim McElwain has recruited well, and his Rams both return an exciting roster and face an easy schedule in 2014. A second straight bowl bid is probably in the cards.

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Bohl takes over at Wyoming

Craig Bohl had nothing left to prove at North Dakota State so he moved on to Wyoming, where he inherits an offense without its leader and a defense that struggled with efficiency in 2013. How quickly might he get things turned around in Laramie?

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UNLV's present is exciting, uncertain

It took a while, but Bobby Hauck was able to build a deep, exciting (and, yes, flawed) squad in his fourth year at UNLV. The Rebels are quite experienced heading into 2014, but they face potential academic sanctions and a potential bowl ban in 2014.

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New Mexico is finally building

New Mexico has one of the best running games in the country and finally has some depth on defense. Can the Lobos' defense improve enough to get out of the offense's way in Bob Davie's third season in charge?

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