2018 Preseason College Football Bowl Projections: Boise State To New Year's Six Game

2018 Preseason College Football Bowl Projections: Boise State To New Year's Six Game

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2018 Preseason College Football Bowl Projections: Boise State To New Year's Six Game


2018 Preseason Bowl Projections: Boise State To New Year’s Six Game


How many teams will make a bowl game


Five, six, maybe seven Mountain West teams will go to a bowl.

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Let’s get this out of the way. These preseason bowl projections are very likely to be wrong since there are zero games which have been played. The first coaches poll is out to provide some sort of a guide for these bowl guesses.

Also, if you have listened to our podcast preview series somehow there will be eight bowl-eligible teams. That will be extremely tough to fill out. Plus, if there are eight teams with six wins it would be a Mountain West record.

First off, here are the bowl tie-ins for the Mountain West. There is no true order for the conference outside of the Las Vegas Bowl getting to take whatever team it wants, and it does not have to be the champion.

The highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

1. Las Vegas vs. Pac-12

– Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC
– Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Conference USA
– Hawai’i Bowl (Hawaii if they are bowl eligible) vs. Conference USA
– NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Sun Belt (New Mexico State is a backup.
– Cactus Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Big 12 and this is a backup spot for the Mountain West)

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 15
2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
ProjectionWyoming vs. Middle Tennessee State

Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 15
3:30 pm. ET, ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mountain West vs. Pac-12
ProjectionFresno State vs. Cal

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Friday, December 21
4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
MAC vs. Mountain West
ProjectionSan Diego State vs. Buffalo

Hawai’i Bowl

Saturday, December 22
10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
ProjectionUtah State vs. Southern Miss

Cactus Bowl

Wednesday, December 26
9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
(Mountain West the conditional tie-in)
Projection: Colorado State vs. Oregon

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 28
5:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Sun Belt (New Mexico State is a backup) vs. Mountain West
Projection: Nevada vs. New Mexico State

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
At-large vs. At-large
ProjectionBoise State vs. Wisconsin

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