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Bowl Predictions: Week 5. The bowl picture becomes clearer (for now).

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 18 Utah at San Diego State Photo by Justin Fine/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2021 season is here and our team at Mountain West Connection will be releasing our bowl projections each week. For now, we will only be projecting Mountain West teams and what bowl game we think they will end up in. As the season progresses, we may add opponents. See below for this week’s predictions and be sure to join the discussion by posting your own in the comments section.

Mike

Los Angeles Bowl: San Diego State

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State

New Mexico Bowl: Air Force

Potato Bowl: San Jose State

Arizona Bowl: Wyoming

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Nevada

Lots of changes for me this week. The Aztecs cement themselves as the top team in the Mountain West (for now) and Nevada should be attractive enough to be placed in the GRB over other options. Fresno State is trending downward currently, although they are talented enough to bounce back. AFA and SJSU are standing pat in their bids for bowls. I dropped Boise State and debuted Wyoming in my predictions, mainly because I think the Cowboys have an easier road than the Broncos.

Zach

Los Angeles Bowl: San Diego State

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State

New Mexico Bowl: Wyoming

Potato Bowl: Air Force

Arizona Bowl: Utah State

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Nevada

Rough week for some of the favorites. Boise State looks like a fringe bowl team and Fresno State is out of the top spot. SDSU now getting the big game with Nevada right on their back.

Rudy

Los Angeles Bowl: San Diego State

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State

New Mexico Bowl: Utah State

Potato Bowl: Wyoming

Arizona Bowl: San Jose State

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Nevada

NittanyFalcon

Los Angeles Bowl: Nevada

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State

New Mexico Bowl: Air Force

Potato Bowl: Wyoming

Arizona Bowl: San Diego State

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Utah State

I have about a 10% confidence in any of these picks coming true. So many teams have a chance this year, it’s too hard to pick this year. With Boise struggling it's wide open, and for now I don’t see them fixing everything suddenly. But as usual, they have the most sheer talent, which doesn’t always lead to success.

Graham_Gibson

Los Angeles Bowl: Nevada

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State

New Mexico Bowl: San Diego State

Potato Bowl: San Jose State

Arizona Bowl: Boise State

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Utah State

Willie

Los Angeles Bowl: San Diego State

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State

New Mexico Bowl: Utah State

Potato Bowl: Wyoming

Arizona Bowl: San Jose State

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Nevada