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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Final Predictions

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Will we even have a champion when all is said and done?

NCAA Football: Mountain West Championship-Hawaii at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

In my final preseason edition (finally) of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” I am going to take a peek at how the season plays out. Will there be cancellations? Will we see a new champion crowned? Will there even be a champion crowned? There are plenty of questions that need answered. This is how I see the season playing out.

The Good:

Boise State Wins Another Championship

The Broncos are as stacked as they have ever been at skilled positions and should put up a lot of points this season. Their biggest question is in the trenches. The offensive line will need to avoid the slow starts that have plagued them in recent years. The Broncos will trip up at some point, but I think a 7-1 regular season is well within reach.

Wyoming Takes a Step Toward Becoming a Perennial Contender

I think the race for the other championship spot will come down to San Diego State and Wyoming. I think Wyoming will be more prepared at the beginning of the season and could have a chance to face Boise State two weeks in a row. The fact that there are no divisions adds some intrigue to the last few weeks.

The Bad:

Multiple Games are Cancelled

This feels inevitable at this point. Games are going to get cancelled, and it is going to create a number of issues. It might just be one team coming down with the virus, but it will impact a number of programs. I guess we should just be happy that there is going to be a season.

The Validity of the Championship is Questioned

Could we have a 5-0 team facing off against a 7-1 team for the Mountain West Championship? It is definitely possible. Will the Mountain West decide at some point that they need to have a criteria for how many games a team plays? If not, there will be plenty of controversy.

The Ugly:

Teams That Had the Strictest Protocols Start Slow

The California schools (San Jose State, Fresno State, San Diego State), New Mexico, and Hawaii have been hit the hardest in terms of offseason conditioning and practice. I expect these teams to show a bit more rust than other teams in the Mountain West.

That’s it for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” Next week, we get to recap some actual games!