The Mountain West Conference's bowl schedule is a joke. When the conference champion is playing some mediocre team from the Pacific Ten, you know you're in trouble. Not only that, but only BYU, Utah, TCU and New Mexico will be bowling this season. And New Mexico only got in because they're actually hosting the inaugural New Mexico Bowl. It doesn't help either that all the bowl games wrap up before Christmas, which means Mountain West teams will be disregarded as quickly as Aunt May's Christmas socks. Ah, what a fine moment for this conference!
Anyway, I'm not going to spend the entire time bitching, so instead I will predict the outcome of each of the Mountain West's three bowl games. I'll probably do the entire bowl schedule later on, but for now I'll just focus in on three of the worst bowls this season.
|Poinsettia||#25 TCU (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (7-5)||Dec. 19 8:00||ESPN2||TCU by 14|
|Las Vegas||#19 BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon (7-5)||Dec. 21 8:00||ESPN||BYU by 10|
|New Mexico||New Mexico (6-6) vs. San Jose State (8-4)||Dec. 23 4:30||ESPN||New Mexico by 7|
|Armed Forces||Tulsa (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5)||Dec. 23 8:30||ESPN||Utah by 10|
Yes, I think every Mountain West team will win their bowl game this year. New Mexico isn't a very good program (how in the hell did Utah lose to them again), but it's on their home field and well TCU's and Utah's opponents aren't world beaters either. BYU could have trouble with Oregon, especially if Gary Crowton goes for a bit of payback after BYU fired him at the end of the '04 season. Even so, Oregon has tanked and their offense does not have the weapons needed to keep up with BYU. My Utah pick is probably a homer pick, but oh well. I think the Utes, if they play like they have the past five games, should win with ease. TCU will roll over Northern Illinois and shut down Garrett Wolfe, bank on it.