Mountain West Conference: Week 13 Predictions

By James Gomez
Chris Nwoke Colorado State Rams
Brian Losness-US Presswire

First off, happy Thanksgiving! Second off, because it is the holiday, I’ve got to hurry and meet family. I’m sure you have to do the same. Only four games this Saturday in Mountain West play so let’s let the predicting begin. Oh and for those keeping track, I went 4-0 in week 12 predicting winners.

All times Mountain. Have a great holiday!

Air Force Falcons (6-5) (5-2) at Fresno State Bulldogs (8-3) (6-1) 1:30pm

So the up and down Falcons travel to one of the most hostile environments in college football. Fresno State doesn’t take kindly to strangers and the Bulldogs have a shot at securing a first place Mountain West finish. Air Force will have their moments, but lasting four quarters against Derek Carr and company will be much to ask. I’ll take the Dogs.

Prediction: Air Force 24 Fresno State 45

San Diego State Aztecs (8-3) (6-1) at Wyoming Cowboys (4-7) (3-4) 1:30pm

For the Aztecs, a tie atop the conference is in full play. Because of the urgency of the moment, watch for SDSU to play with a purpose in Laramie. Conversely, the Cowboys are playing for pride alone. Brett Smith is at his best right now, and it has led to three consecutive Poke wins. A high scoring affair is likely in order, but I’ll lean toward the more balanced program.

Prediction: San Diego State 34 Wyoming 28

New Mexico Lobos (4-8) (1-6) at Colorado State Rams (3-8) (2-5) 5pm

After all the success the Lobos have had in year one under Bob Davie, they could leave Ft. Collins with a worse record than the hapless Rams. The biggest question for the Rams is can they make the Lobos pass the ball? New Mexico relies heavily on their option run and Kasey Carrier to pile up yards. My answer? Not quite enough to win.

Precition: New Mexico 26 Colorado State 21

UNLV Rebels (2-10) (2-5) at Hawaii Warriors (1-9) (0-7) 8pm

Hawaii has been a tough watch in 2012. Although I expect steady improvement under Norm Chow, the present has been rather unkind to one of the worst teams in college football. UNLV will run Tim Cornett and Bradley Randle right at the Warriors weak interior. If Nick Sherry can avoid interceptions, the Rebs will win the day.

Prediction: UNLV 30 Hawaii 20

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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