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Week 5 Bowl Projections

A strong week from the Mountain West shakes us the bowl picture

NCAA Football: Air Force at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

With week four behind us and the conference slate picking up, the bowl picture is becoming a little bit clearer. Boise State became the leader in the New Year’s Six race after UCF lost to Pitt. Utah State looks like they will have another strong year and Nevada and San Jose State are both looking to make some noise. Let’s see how our team sees the bowl picture shaking out after four weeks of football.

Zach:

Las Vegas Bowl: Utah State

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii

New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State

Potato Bowl: San Diego State

Arizona Bowl: Wyoming

Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force

Cotton Bowl: Boise State

The UCF loss puts Boise State in the drivers seat. The Broncos are going to have two tough games in Utah as they will travel to take on Utah State and BYU. I considered putting Nevada in, but I need to say how they do in conference play.

Mike:

Las Vegas Bowl: Utah State

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii

New Mexico Bowl: Wyoming

Potato Bowl: San Diego State

Arizona Bowl: Fresno State

Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force

Cotton Bowl: Boise State

After saying last week everyone took a step back, I have a few teams taking a step forward again. UCF’s loss combined with a BSU win against one of their tougher opponents made me put them back in the Cotton Bowl. Utah State looks like the 2nd best team in the conference, so they get Vegas. I think Hawaii and Air Force look like near-locks for bowls, with Wyoming/SDSU/Fresno State in the next group. Nevada is just behind them.

Bruce:

Las Vegas Bowl: Utah State

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii

New Mexico Bowl: San Diego State

Potato Bowl: Wyoming

Arizona Bowl: Fresno State

Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force

Cotton Bowl: Boise State

After UFC lost in a shocking game in Pittsburgh, Boise State is knocking on the door. But the real test for the Broncos is the next three weeks. Besides that, the conference has been on a roll with these unexpected hot starts for some teams.

FatDuckUW:

Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii

New Mexico Bowl: Wyoming

Potato Bowl: Air Force

Arizona Bowl: San Diego State

Armed Forces Bowl: Utah State

Cotton Bowl: Boise State

Alex Wright:

Las Vegas Bowl: Utah State

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii

New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State

Potato Bowl: Wyoming

Arizona Bowl: San Diego State

Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force

Cotton Bowl: Boise State

There is now a much clearer path for a Mountain West team (Boise State), to try and get a New Year’s Six bid.