With fall camps underway, CBS Sports has been offering individual conference previews and the Mountain West and the Western Athletic Conference are finally out. Over in the Mountain West, the Boise St. Broncos are projected to win their first and last Mountain West title. Even with the departure of Kellen Moore and his outstanding senior classmates, this team is expected to have plenty of talent to dominate its schedule.
The newly arrived Nevada Wolf Pack comes in at No. 2 while the Air Force Falcons check in at No. 3. The Falcons are given that nod despite having to break in a number of new starters because Troy Calhoun won't lead an underachieving team for a second year in a row. Expected starting quarterback Connor Dietz learned from Tim Jefferson for the last three years, which is always a good thing.
Jim McElwain and the Colorado St. Rams are projected for sixth, which isn't a surprise for a team coming off yet another 3-9 season. It hasn't been easy in the first year, as McElwain has had to dismiss his star defensive players in Nordly Capi and Mike Orakpo for rules violations and off-field incidents.
Over in the WAC preview, the San Jose St. Spartans and the Utah State Aggies, both moving to the Mountain West in 2013, are projected to be in second- and third-place this season. The two teams will clash in San Jose on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2:00 p.m. MT.