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What MWC teams are in action the first week of the season, and what will be the Game of the Week for the MWC?

NCAA Football: Wyoming at Air Force
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It’s football time!

The Mountain West Conference (MWC) has the jump on much of the rest of the FBS with three teams playing in Week Zero (officially considered to be part of Week 1 along with the Labor Day weekend games). With only four games in the FBS on Saturday, August 25th, the MWC gets the college football spotlight almost all to itself.

Game 1 - Hawaii at Colorado State

Television - CBS Sports Network at 5:30 PM (Mountain)

Spread - Colorado State by 14

The Rainbow Warriors are coming off of a 3-9 season and should look quite different due to roster turnover, a new-look offense, and a new defensive coordinator. The Rams are coming off of another 7-6 season under Bobo. The Rams will be breaking in an old/new QB in grad transfer, K.J. Carta-Samuels, along with some other new faces on offense. Colorado State also has a new defensive coordinator aboard in John Jancek to lead the switch from a 3-4 to the 4-3 defense.

Game 2 - Wyoming at New Mexico State

Television - ESPN2 at 8:00 PM (Mountain)

Spread - Wyoming by 4.5

The Cowboys are coming off of a 8-5 season. Wyoming brings back an experienced defense that led the FBS in turnovers last season, but the Wyoming offense is also needing to replace a first-round pick at QB after Josh Allen was taken 7th overall by the Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Aggies are coming off a 7-6 season and a bowl win. However, the New Mexico State offense loses much of their production from 2017, so an experienced defense may need to carry more of the load for the Aggies in 2018.

Game of the Week Prediction - Wyoming at New Mexico State

Two reasons. First, both teams are coming off of bowl wins, and it matches up a MWC team with a FBS team outside of the conference. Second, this game should probably be the closer of the two games. The spread suggests this, but I also expect a closer, low-scoring game between Wyoming and New Mexico State.

Let us know which game you think will be the Game of the Week in Week Zero.


What will be the MWC Game of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Hawaii at Colorado State
    (20 votes)
  • 70%
    Wyoming at New Mexico State
    (48 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now