Mountain West Conference: Week Twelve Predictions

By James Gomez
Mountain West Conference
Christopher Hanewinckel-US Presswire

It’s prediction time once again in the Mountain West. Last week, my record at predicting winners was a solid 4-1. The only miss was a Colorado State Rams win over the UNLV Rebels. This is the nitty gritty of the 2012 schedule with only three teams alive for a conference championship.

Here are my predictions for this week. Enjoy!

All times Mountain.

Hawaii Warriors (1-8) (0-6) at Air Force Falcons (5-5) (4-2) Friday 7:30pm

I don’t know which Air Force team will show up Friday night. Will it be the squad that manhandled Nevada just a few weeks ago? Or the team that got blown out by the terrible Army Black Nights? I do know the Warriors will bring an awful offense and defense. Add in a long trip from the islands altitude, and a kickoff temperate in the low 40s to an already ugly Warriors team. Easy pick.

Prediction: Hawaii 13 Air Force 38

Colorado State Rams (3-7) (2-4) at Boise State Broncos (8-2) (5-1) 1:30pm

Give the Rams credit for playing their best football all year with a 33-11 win over the UNLV Rebels last weekend. Two defensive scores along with a solid effort from the run offense helped freshman QB Conner Smith get his second win as a starter.

Reality returns Saturday on the blue turf. Boise State will run D.J. Harper and Jay Ajayi down the Rams throat. Smith will have a very tough time moving the ball against the Broncos defense with nary a threat in the passing game.

Prediction: Colorado State 9 Boise State 41

Nevada Wolf Pack (6-4) (3-3) at New Mexico Lobos (4-7 (1-5) 1:30pm

Even though the Pack have been ice cold lately, their defense has been the main culprit. One thing that Chris Ault’s team continues to do is score points. Assuming that Cody Fajardo and company get off the bus, the Pack should score plenty of touchdown’s on a UNM D that allows 30 a game.

New Mexico’s best bet is to play ball control offense and allow Kasey Carrier to move the chains just enough passing to keep the Nevada defense honest. Last week the Lobos kept it close against Wyoming but couldn’t match the Pokes in offensive personnel.

Prediction: Nevada 38 New Mexico 28

Wyoming Cowboys (3-7) (2-4) at UNLV Rebels (2-9) (2-4) 2pm

Both teams really could use a win Saturday. Wyoming is trying to close 2012 on a high note after a horrific 1-7 start. UNLV has a chance to finish with a three win season. Something they haven’t done since 2009. Both coaches, Dave Christensen (Wyoming) and Bobby Hauck (UNLV) are on the hot seat. Quarterback Brett Smith is the difference for the Pokes.

Prediction: Wyoming 34 UNLV 31

James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow James on Twitter as well.

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