Conference Breakdown: Mountain West

5 things to know about the Mountain West

Biggest game: Boise State at Air Force, Nov. 25

Players to always watch: The MWC returns three of the country's top 10 rushing-receiving producers: Boise State's Jeremy McNichols, SDSU's Donnell Pumphrey, and Wyoming's Brian Hill.

Team nobody wants to play: New Mexico

Coach who really needs wins: Fresno State's expectations are much higher than the last two seasons, and Tim DeRuyer is the conference's highest-paid coach.

Don't be surprised if ... The Aztecs start slow, then cruise ... again.

Bill Connelly's Power Rankings

Tier 1

Boise State

"I was wrong about BSU last year," Bill writes below. "Can a more experienced team hit the standard?"

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San Diego State

SDSU has a chance to establish itself as a long-term mid-major power.

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Tier 2

Air Force

The Falcons and their fussy, underrated coach should win big again.

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Utah State

The Aggies have an awesome QB and a ton of regrouping to do.

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Tier 3

Colorado State

CSU is investing big in its football future, but 2016's a retooling year.

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Tier 4

New Mexico

Bob Davie led the Lobos out of the wasteland. Now what?

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Nevada

The Wolf Pack will take a step forward, but a big enough one?

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San Jose State

SJSU's big-time recruiting is gonna pay off big at some point soon.

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Fresno State

Behold the Mountain West's biggest wild card.

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UNLV

A former high school coach passed every test in year one. Now do it again.

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Tier 5

Wyoming

The Cowboys have improved only once in 10 years, but Craig Bohl's taking no shortcuts.

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Hawaii

Click to gawk at the September travel schedule, stay to read about a tough rebuild.

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