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Mountain West football bowl projections: Las Vegas is the peak, right now

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A race for Las Vegas between San Diego State, Boise State.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl - Fresno State v USC Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Fall is officially here which means a new season must be ushered in...no not fall, its bowl projection season.

Listen, I know it’s only week four, but fans across the country are already breaking out their Visa’s to travel to wherever their team may be playing this holiday season. The excitement is even present in the Mountain West. While Air Force and Boise State fight atop the Mountain Division, San Diego State is clearly running the table in both the West Division and the conference itself. They finally broke into the top 25 rankings, but can the Aztecs assert themselves as a national power this year? Let’s see where the experts have them after week 3.

***ESPN uses two analysts to pick bowl games, Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy.

San Diego State:

CBS: vs. Arizona State in the Royal Purple Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 17.

SB Nation: vs. BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, California on Dec. 21.

ESPN: vs. BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, California on Dec. 21.

ESPN: vs. BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, California on Dec. 21.

San Jose State:

CBS: vs Rice in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Arizona on Dec. 30.

Colorado State:

CBS: vs. Middle Tennessee State in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 24.

SB Nation: vs. Middle Tennessee State in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 24.

ESPN: vs Ohio in the Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho on Dec. 22.

Utah State:

CBS: vs Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 23.

SB Nation: vs Georgia Southern in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Arizona on Dec. 30.

ESPN: vs. UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Dec. 17.

ESPN: vs. Old Dominion in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Arizona on Dec. 30.

Nevada:

CBS: vs N. Illinois in the Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho on Dec.22.

ESPN: vs Kansas State in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Arizona on Dec. 30.

ESPN: vs. UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Dec. 17.

Boise State:

CBS: vs. UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Dec. 17.

SB Nation: vs. California in the Las Vegas bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec.17.

ESPN: vs Arizona State in the Las Vegas bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec.17.

ESPN: vs Arizona State in the Las Vegas bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec.17.

Air Force:

CBS: vs BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, California on Dec. 21.

SB Nation: vs Central Michigan in the Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho on Dec. 22.

ESPN: vs Middle Tennessee in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 24.

ESPN: vs Middle Tennessee in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 24.