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2014 Mountain West football bold predictions

With the Mountain West season hours away, not is as good as any time to overreact with some bold predictions.

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If you haven't heard, college football is back. There are plenty of games on Thursday night and to get ready for the season and now is the best time to be bold, or crazy or stupid with a team-by-team prediction.

With these being bold prediction there is no consideration for matching records or anything, so there could be two teams who are projected to go to a New Year's Day Bowl.

Air Force: OK, so one might not be all that bold the way the Falcons have been trending, but Air Force goes 1-11 with their only win coming over New Mexico and with that ends the Troy Calhoun era as head coach.

Boise State: Bryan Harsin is the real deal -- something I think is very true -- by throttling Mississippi on opening night. The Broncos go on to win the Mountain West title with a 13-0 record, but they miss out on earning a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Settling for a New Year's Day Bowl is just fine.

Colorado State: The Rams find an offensive line and Alabama transfer Dee Hart shows why he was so highly recruited. Colorado State makes an appearance in the Mountain West title game by winning the Mountain Division.

Fresno State: Currently there is no quarterback and with 70 percent of the offense gone from the 2013 team, the Bulldogs take a huge step back and barely make a bowl game by going 6-6.

Hawaii: The combo of running back Joey Iosefa and quarterback Ikaika Woolsey lead a miraculous turnaround for head coach Norm Chow and the Warriors earn a bowl bid.

Nevada: The Wolf Pack surprise everyone and win the West division and go to the Mountain West title game.

New Mexico: Quarterback Cole Gautsche actually learns to throw the ball and gets Carlos Wiggins involved. Gautsche will complete 55 percent of his passes and throw for 1,200 yards. That may not seem like a lot but last year he completed just 44 percent and threw for only 639 yards.

San Diego State: The Aztecs get things together to beat both North Carolina and Oregon State, both road games, win the Mountain West and head to the Fiesta Bowl.

San Jose State: This was actually a tough one to be bold on, so lets lean on the lower end of the Spartans season. San Jose State will take another step back and win just two wins.

UNLV: The offense will click and be one of the better one's in the Mountain West. New starting quarterback Blake Decker will lead the Rebels to eight wins.

Utah State: Chuckie Keeton will get an invite to be a Heisman finalist and lead the Aggies to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in a New Year's Day Bow. Just like in Boise State's bold prediction, Utah State will not earn a spot in the playoff.

Wyoming: Bring on the Craig Bohl-ing puns. The first-year head coach will put the Cowboys in the post season with seven wins.