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What are the bowl games for the Mountain West, and which one will prove to be the best this year?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 26 Cheez-It Bowl - Cal v TCU
Air Force takes on Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl this bowl season.
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The bowl games have all been announced, and the Mountain West has 7 bowl games. As such, I have one last prediction/poll for this football season to cover the bowl games.

Game 1 - Utah State (7-5) vs Kent State (6-6)

Bowl Game: Frisco Bowl

Game Time: 5:30 PM (Mountain) on 12/20

Television - ESPN2

Spread - Aggies by 7

Game 2 - Central Michigan (8-5) vs San Diego State (9-3)

Bowl Game: New Mexico Bowl

Game Time: 12:00 PM (Mountain) on 12/21

Television - ESPN

Spread - Aztecs by 3.5

Game 3 - Boise State (12-1) vs Washington (7-5)

Bowl Game: Las Vegas Bowl

Game Time: 5:30 PM (Mountain) on 12/21

Television - ABC

Spread - Huskies by 3.5

Game 4 - Hawaii (9-5) vs BYU (7-5)

Bowl Game: Hawaii Bowl

Game Time: 6:00 PM (Mountain) on 12/24

Television - ESPN

Spread - Cougars by 1.5

Game 5 - Air Force (10-2) vs Washington State (6-6)

Bowl Game: Cheez-It Bowl

Game Time: 8:15 PM (Mountain) on 12/27

Television - ESPN

Spread - Falcons by 2.5

Game 6 - Wyoming (7-5) vs Georgia State (7-5)

Bowl Game: Arizona Bowl

Game Time: 2:30 PM (Mountain) on 12/31

Television - CBS Sports Network

Spread - Cowboys by 7.5

Game 7 - Ohio (6-6) vs Nevada (7-5)

Bowl Game: Potato Bowl

Game Time: 1:30 PM (Mountain) on 1/3/20

Television - ESPN

Spread - Bobcats by 7.5

Bowl Game of the Year Prediction - Air Force vs Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl

First off, I have to acknowledge that the Las Vegas Bowl is a big bowl game that likely will be the choice for many others. Makes sense since Boise State is ranked and won the MWC. I was very tempted to go with this bowl for my prediction. The Chris Petersen angle to the Boise State/Washington matchup makes the game even more interesting.

That said, I went with the Cheez-It Bowl for a few reasons. First, an Air Force victory over Washington State would give the Falcons 11 wins this season, and that should be enough for Air Force to finish ranked this season. If Boise State should lose in the Las Vegas Bowl, I still think a 12-2 Broncos team finishes ranked. That means the Cheez-It Bowl likely determines whether 2 MWC teams finish in the Top 25. Second, a win over Washington State would be the 2nd win for Air Force over a PAC12 team (beat Colorado earlier in the season) this year. Such a win would further validate that this Falcons team was pretty good and give Air Force momentum going into 2020 when Kadin Remsburg (RB) and Donald Hammond III (QB) will be seniors. Lastly, I love games like this one where the teams have such different styles of play. The triple-option of Air Force versus the air raid of Washington State. It’s an interesting matchup that should make for an entertaining game.

Let us know which game you think will be the Bowl Game of the Year.

Poll

What will be the Bowl Game of the Year for the Conference?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Frisco Bowl
    (2 votes)
  • 6%
    New Mexico Bowl
    (5 votes)
  • 40%
    Las Vegas Bowl
    (34 votes)
  • 7%
    Hawaii Bowl
    (6 votes)
  • 28%
    Cheez-It Bowl
    (24 votes)
  • 9%
    Arizona Bowl
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    Potato Bowl
    (4 votes)
83 votes total Vote Now