Conference Breakdown: Mountain West

5 things to know about the Mountain West

Biggest game: Boise State at Utah State, October 16

Player to always watch: New Mexico's Jhurell Pressley, the country's most underrated back

Team nobody wants to play: Air Force

Coach who really needs wins: Norm Chow, Hawaii

Don't be surprised if ... Somebody besides Boise State wins it. Wait, be surprised if that happens.

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Tier 1

Boise State

Ready to make a run at 14-0.

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Tier 2

Colorado State

CSU lost big pieces, but this is gonna be fun.

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Utah State

If luck finally goes the Aggies' way, that could mean a Mountain West title.

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San Diego State

SDSU's teased a breakthrough for years. The time is now.

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Tier 3

Air Force

What comes after a shocking turnaround?

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New Mexico

Three years of investment should pay off this season.

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San Jose State

The Spartans outrecruited Iowa. Now what?

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Nevada

Wolf Pack fans, just think of 2015 as a glance at the future.

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Fresno State

The Bulldogs could be scary again. In a couple years.

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Tier 4

Wyoming

Let Craig Bohl cook.

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Hawaii

Survival is the goal.

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UNLV

Hire a Las Vegas high school coach? Why not?

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Tier 5