Mountain West NCAA FBS (Division I-A)

The Mountain West Conference is the youngest of the college athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I. The conference began operations in July 1999 and their members are located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming.  Craig Thompson has been the Commissioner of the Mountain West conference since it was found in 1999.

The Mountain West football conference membership includes: Boise State Broncos, Fresno State Bulldogs, San Diego State Aztecs, Air Force Falcons, Nevada Wolf Pack, Wyoming Cowboys, Colorado State Rams, UNLV Rebels, New Mexico Lobos and Hawaii Warriors.

Boise State Broncos

The Boise State Broncos has been in the FBS since 1996 and their Head Coach is Chris Petersen, who has a record of 84-8 since taking Broncos’ team.

In addition, under head coach Petersen the Broncos recorded two undefeated seasons, three undefeated regular seasons, and reached the Bowl Championship Series twice.

Between 2008 and 2011, Boise State went 50–3 to become the first FBS team to win 50 games over a four year period.

The Broncos play their home games at Bronco Stadium, opened in 1970. The Bronco Stadium is known for its blue playing surface which is the only one among the NCAA Division I FBS schools.

In the 2012 season, the Broncos won the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas against the Washington Huskies 28–26. During that season, Boise State had an overall record of 11-2, while they won 7 games and lost 1 in the Mountain West conference.

Fresno State Bulldogs

The Fresno State Bulldogs joined the California Coast Conference in 1922 and moved to the Northern California Athletic Conference in 1925. The Bulldogs’ team was established in 1921 and since then, they have appeared in 24 bowl games. The latest bowl was on December 24, 2012, when Fresno State lost to the SMU Mustangs 43–10 in the 2012 Hawaii Bowl.

Bulldog Stadium is the home field of the Bulldogs, which was opened in 1980 with a capacity of 41,031. Bulldog Stadium is at its loudest when the Bulldogs play their traditional arch-rival, the San Jose State University Spartans. However, in recent years, Fresno State’s most intense contested games have been against the Boise State University Broncos.

The Bulldogs current head coach is Tim DeRuyter, who was hired on December 14, 2011. In 2012 season, Fresno State had a 9-4 overall record and 7-1 conference record.
For the 2013 season, the Bulldogs are at +40000 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship, while the Boise State Broncos are at +12000.

San Diego State Aztecs

The San Diego Aztecs play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium, opened in 1967 and which has hosted three Super Bowl games in 1988, 1998, and 2003.

Since their first season in 1921, the Aztecs have won nineteen conference championships and three national championships at the small college division. The Aztecs are currently coached by Rocky Lon, who was promoted to head coach after two seasons as their defensive coordinator.

The Aztecs ended the 2012 season with a 9-4 overall record and will be playing their first 2013 season game on August 31st against the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

Air Force Falcons

The Air Force Falcons have an all-time record of 337–278–13 and have won three conference titles. The 1985 season was their most successful season in history, ending with a 12-1 record as the number five ranked team in the nation.

The Falcons’ fans gather at Falcon Stadium, which opened in 1962 at a cost of $3.5 million and has a capacity of 46,692.

One interesting fact about the Falcons is that they have ranked among the nation’s top 10 in rushing 19 times in 21 years, since Fisher DeBerry took over as the Air Force Falcons’ head coach in 1984. 

Nevada Wolf Pack

The Nevada Wolf Pack plays their home games at Mackay Stadium in Reno, which opened in 1966 with capacity of 7,500.

The Nevada Wolf Pack competed in Division I-AA since the establishment of that division in 1978, and then they moved to the Big Sky Conference from 1979 to 1991. In their 13 years of Big Sky membership, the Wolf Pack won four conference titles in 1983, 1986, 1990 and 1991.

In 1992, the Wolf Pack joined the Big West Conference and in 2000 they moved to the Western Athletic Conference. In 1992, Nevada became the first NCAA football team to win a conference championship title in its first Division I-A season, after beating 48-47 to Utah State in the final conference game of the season.

In 2012, Nevada left the WAC and moved to the Mountain West Conference along with WAC member Fresno State Bulldogs.  For this 2013 season, the Wolf Pack is at +200000 odds to win the BCS National Championship.

Wyoming Cowboys

The Wyoming Cowboys have won 15 conference titles and have played in thirteen bowl games, with a record of six wins and seven losses. They play their home games at War Memorial Stadium, and their current head coach is Dave Christensen.

The Cowboys ended the 2012 with a 4-8 overall record and will be playing their first 2013 season game on August 31st against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Colorado State Rams

The Colorado State Rams have won or shared the Mountain West conference title in 1999, 2000 and 2002 and are 5–7 in bowl games. Under coaches’ Earle Bruce, Sonny Lubick and Steve Fairchild, the Rams have gone to a total of 11 bowl games since the 1990 football season.

Under head coach Sonny Lubick, the Rams have made nine bowl appearances and have won nearly 75% of home games. The Rams play their home games at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium since 1968 and they have long-lasting rivalries with Colorado, Wyoming, and Air Force.

UNLV Rebels

The UNLV Rebels football program began back on 1968 and their home games are played at Sam Boyd Stadium located in Whitney, Nevada.

The Rebels are part of the Mountain West Conference since 1999, and in that year they were chosen as the Mountain West representative for the Las Vegas Bowl on December 20th. The Rebels won Las Vegas Bowl over the Arkansas Razorbacks, 31-14.

UNLV finished the 2012 season with a 2-11 overall record and a 2-6 conference record, and the odds have the Rebels listed at +500000 to win the National Championship

New Mexico Lobos

The New Mexico Lobos play their home games at the University Stadium, opened in 1960 and currently have a seating capacity of 39,224.

Something to consider if you are a Mountain West betting fan is that the Lobos have not won a conference title in over 40 years, and have only won four conference championships in two different conferences.

In the 2012 season, New Mexico only achieved one conference victory and ended the season with a 4-9 overall record.

Hawaii Warriors

The Hawaii Warriors have been playing football since 1909 and have achieved nearly 500 wins. The Warriors were part of the Western Athletic Conference until July 2012, when the team joined the Mountain West Conference.

Dave Holmes was the head coach of the Warriors from 1968 and 1973 and compiled a record of 46-17-1, with a .727 winning percentage. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 16th round of the 1968 NFL Draft, Larry Cole becomes the first Warrior to be drafted by an NFL team.

The Warriors finished the 2012 season with a 3-9 overall record and their three wins were against the Lamar Cardinals, the UNLV Rebels and the South Alabama Jaguars.

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