Thursday, November 17, 2016

Five Mountain West teams are bowl eligible as Week 12 begins.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

Boise St. va. Hawai'i. Image via AP.

Week 12 starts with five Mountain West Conference teams that are bowl eligible, and three still looking to get there. The cards seem to be stacked against two of the three teams looking to punch their tickets to a bowl bid, however.

Here is the rundown of the Mountain West's bowl eligible teams, and those that theoretically are still in the hunt for the wins needed to become bowl eligible. Bowl projections are via Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.

Projected bowl opponents marked with "*" indicate team has not yet qualified for a bowl.

Bowl Eligible (Six-plus wins)

Boise State (9-1)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Cotton Bowl vs. Penn State (New Year's Six bowl. Jan. 2, Arlington, Tx.)
Boise St. projected to punk Western Michigan out of a NY6 bowl.

San Diego State (9-1)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Las Vegas Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 17, Las Vegas, Nv.)

Wyoming (7-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Ohio (Dec. 22, Boise, Id.)

New Mexico (7-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 New Mexico Bowl vs. *Texas-San Antonio (Dec. 7m Albuquerque, NM.)

Air Force (7-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Poinsettia Bowl vs. BYU (Dec. 21, San Diego, Ca.)

On the Brink (Five wins, one win needed for bowl eligibility)

Colorado State (5-5)
Week 12: vs. New Mexico (Nov. 19)
Week 13: @ San Diego St. (Nov. 26)

It's certainly possible that Colorado St. gan pick up a win over either New Mexico. It's a little less possible (though not out of the question) the Rams could get by 9-1 San Diego St.

Running Out of Days (Four wins, two needed for bowl eligibility)

UNLV (4-6)
Week 12: @ Boise State (Nov. 18)
Week 13: vs. Nevada (Nov. 26)

UNLV is a -28pt. underdog to beat The Broncos. Best bet is that UNLV is staying home in December

Hawai'i (4-7)

Week 12: @Fresno State
Week 13: vs. UMass

It is quite doable for Hawai'i to beat both 1-9 Fresno St. and 2-8 UMass. Which would be a good thing for the Hawai'i Bowl, which might otherwise have to scrape the bottom of the APR barrel to find a replacement for the Rainbow Warriors (who are projected to be invited to by Jason Kirk.)

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