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2012 Mountain West Schedule & Picks
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Posted Mar 3, 2012


The 2012 Mountain West schedules and predictions for each game


2012 M-West Schedules


Mountain West Composite Schedules  2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 
Mountain West Team-By-Team Breakdowns 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- 2012 Mountain West Composite Schedule 

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Air Force | Boise State | Colorado State | Fresno State | Hawaii
Nevada | New Mexico | San Diego State | UNLV | Wyoming

Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...

1. Fresno State
2. San Diego State
3. Boise State
4. Hawaii
5. Wyoming
6. Colorado State
7. UNLV
9,.New Mexico
9. Nevada
10. Air Force

Air Force

Non-Conference Games: at Army, Idaho State, at Michigan, Navy 
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Idaho State, at UNLV, Colorado State, Navy, at Wyoming, New Mexico, at Army, Hawaii

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Michigan, Nevada, at San Diego State, at Fresno State

Summary: The Falcons don't have to play Boise State in Mountain West play. Merry Christmas. There's a nice tune-up game to open things up against Idaho State before going to Michigan, and then four of the next five games are against teams that didn't go bowling last year. In all, there are only four games against teams that went to bowls, and Wyoming, Nevada, and San Diego State are all winnable. However, the slate closes out with three of the final four games on the road.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Idaho State
Sep. 8 at Michigan
Sep. 15 OPEN DATE
Sep. 22 at UNLV
Sep. 29 Colorado State
Oct. 6 Navy
Oct. 13 at Wyoming 
Oct. 20 New Mexico
Oct. 27 Nevada
Nov. 3 at Army
Nov. 10 at San Diego State
Nov. 17 Hawaii
Nov. 24 at Fresno State

Boise State

Non-Conference Games: Miami Univ., BYU, at Michigan State, at Southern Miss 
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 11-1

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Miami Univ., BYU, at New Mexico, at Southern Miss, Fresno State, UNLV, at Wyoming, San Diego State, at Hawaii, Colorado State, at Nevada

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Michigan State 

Summary: The Broncos might not be BCS good, but the schedule will help the cause. Get by Michigan State in the opener, and it'll be game on. They'll be favored in every game the rest of the way, even if they have a few interesting tests against BYU, at Southern Miss, and Nevada. Missing Air Force in conference play isn't bad, and getting Fresno State and San Diego State at home should lead to a showdown with the Wolf Pack late in the year with conference title implications.

2012 Schedule
Aug. 31 at Michigan State
Sep. 8  OPEN DATE
Sep. 15 Miami Univ.
Sep. 22 BYU
Sep. 29 at New Mexico
Oct. 6 at Southern Miss
Oct. 13 Fresno State
Oct. 20 UNLV
Oct. 27 at Wyoming
Nov. 3 San Diego State
Nov. 10 at Hawaii
Nov. 17 Colorado State
Nov. 24 at Nevada

Colorado State

Non-Conference Games: Colorado, North Dakota State, at San Jose State, Utah State
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: North Dakota State, Utah State, Fresno State, UNLV, New Mexico

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Colorado, at San Jose State, Hawaii, at Air Force, at San Diego State, at Wyoming, at Boise State

Summary: The new era starts out with the annual showdown against Colorado, but things ease up with North Dakota State, San Jose State, and Utah State before kicking off Mountain West play at Air Force. The Rams miss Nevada, which isn't bad, but they have to go to Boise State and San Diego State. Getting Hawaii, UNLV, and New Mexico at home over the last half of the season should help the record.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 2 Colorado (Denver)
Sep. 8 North Dakota State
Sep. 15 at San Jose State
Sep. 22 Utah State
Sep. 29 at Air Force
Oct. 6 Fresno State
Oct. 13 at San Diego State
Oct. 20 OPEN DATE
Oct. 27 Hawaii
Nov. 3 at Wyoming
Nov. 10 UNLV
Nov. 17 at Boise State
Nov. 24 New Mexico

Fresno State

Non-Conference Games: Colorado, at Oregon, at Tulsa, Weber State
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Weber State, San Diego State, Wyoming, at New Mexico, Hawaii, Air Force

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Oregon, Colorado, at Tulsa, at Colorado State, at Boise State, at Nevada

Summary: Welcome to the Mountain West. Do the Bulldogs get a break? No, they miss UNLV from the league schedule. However, they should be able to handle themselves at home against San Diego State, Air Force, and Hawaii. Forget about winning the league title with trips to Ball State and Nevada, but going to Colorado State and New Mexico isn't bad. It's Fresno State, so there are games against the big names going to Oregon and getting Colorado. 

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Weber State
Sep. 8 at Oregon
Sep. 15 Colorado
Sep. 22 at Tulsa
Sep. 29 San Diego State
Oct. 6 at Colorado State
Oct. 13 at Boise State
Oct. 20 Wyoming
Oct. 27 at New Mexico
Nov. 3 Hawaii
Nov. 10 at Nevada
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 24 Air Force

Hawaii

Non-Conference Games: at BYU, Lamar, South Alabama, at USC 
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Lamar, Nevada, New Mexico, at Colorado State, UNLV, South Alabama

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at USC, at BYU, at San Diego State, at Fresno State, Boise State, at Air Force

Summary: Norm Chow gets to go back to face one of his old teams to kick things off with a trip to USC, and then the Warriors get a week off to prepare for ... Lamar. Chow also gets to go against one of his other teams, BYU, but that's on the road, too. There aren't a slew of home games in a row to hope for any sort of a run with the only two back-to-back homestands. A midseason stretch of three road games in four weeks could make-or-break the year, especially with the home game coming against Boise State. The Warriors miss Wyoming from the M-West schedule.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 at USC
Sep. 8 OPEN DATE
Sep. 15 Lamar
Sep. 22 Nevada
Sep. 29 at BYU
Oct. 6 at San Diego State
Oct. 13 New Mexico
Oct. 20 OPEN DATE
Oct. 27 at Colorado State
Nov. 3 at Fresno State
Nov. 10 Boise State
Nov. 17 at Air Force
Nov. 24 UNLV
Dec. 1 South Alabama

Nevada

Non-Conference Games: at California, Northwestern State, South Florida, at Texas State 
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Northwestern State, at Texas State, Wyoming, at UNLV, San Diego State, at Air Force, Fresno State, at New Mexico

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Hawaii, at California, South Florida, Boise State

Summary: The Wolf Pack will get tested early on with a trip to Cal and a date with South Florida to kick things off. There's a stretch of three road games in four weeks, but they're winnable going to Hawaii, Texas State, and UNLV. Missing Colorado State doesn't help, but getting San Diego State, Fresno State and Boise State at home is a break. If the Pack wants to win the Mountain West, this is the schedule for it.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 at California
Sep. 8 South Florida
Sep. 15 Northwestern State
Sep. 22 at Hawaii
Sep. 29 at Texas State
Oct. 6 Wyoming
Oct. 13 at UNLV
Oct. 20 San Diego State
Oct. 27 at Air Force
Nov. 3 OPEN DATE
Nov. 10 Fresno State
Nov. 17 at New Mexico
Nov. 24 Boise State

New Mexico

Non-Conference Games: at Texas Tech, Southern, at Texas, at Texas Tech 
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Southern, at New Mexico State, Texas State, Wyoming

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Texas, at Texas Tech, Boise State, at Hawaii, at Air Force, Fresno State, at UNLV, Nevada, at Colorado State

Summary: Bob Davie's first year doesn't have any real breaks, but his team will have to make sure it takes care of the winnable games like the trip to New Mexico State and the home date with Texas State. After opening up with Southern, the Lobos have to go on the road for three straight weeks - and five of the next six - with the lone home game against Boise State. Uh oh. Beating Wyoming, UNLV, and Colorado State over the last month of the season is a must to have any hope for a decent season. UNM misses San Diego State.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Southern
Sep. 8 at Texas
Sep. 15 at Texas Tech
Sep. 22 at New Mexico State
Sep. 29 Boise State
Oct. 6 Texas State
Oct. 13 at Hawaii
Oct. 20 at Air Force
Oct. 27 Fresno State
Nov. 3 at UNLV
Nov. 10 Wyoming
Nov. 17 Nevada
Nov. 24 at Colorado State

San Diego State

Non-Conference Games: Army, North Dakota, San Jose State, at Washington,  
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Army, North Dakota, San Jose State, Hawaii, Colorado State, UNLV, Air Force, at Wyoming

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Washington, at Fresno State, at Nevada, at Boise State

Summary: The Aztecs get the worst break in the conference by missing New Mexico, but the rest of the slate isn't all that bad. They're not better than Boise State or Nevada, so those two games might as well be on the road, while home dates against Hawaii, Colorado State, UNLV, and Wyoming are winnable. The non-conference slate is nice and breezy after starting out at Washington with Army, North Dakota, and San Jose State all coming to Qualcomm.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 at Washington
Sep. 8 Army
Sep. 15 North Dakota
Sep. 22 San Jose State
Sep. 29 at Fresno State
Oct. 6 Hawaii
Oct. 13 Colorado State
Oct. 20 at Nevada
Oct. 27 UNLV
Nov. 3 at Boise State
Nov. 10 Air Force
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 at Wyoming

UNLV

Non-Conference Games: at Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Northern Arizona, Washington State
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-8
Worst Case Record: 2-11
Likely Finish: 3-10

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Northern Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Minnesota, Washington State, Air Force, at Utah State, at Louisiana Tech, Nevada, at Boise State, at San Diego State, at Colorado State, at Hawaii

Summary: Where are the breaks? If UNLV is going to finally turn the corner, it's going to take some big home wins with some big road tests in the middle of the season. The first four games are at home, including non-conference dates with Minnesota and Washington State, before opening up Mountain West play with Air Force. And then it's time to pack the bags with four road trips in five weeks with only the home game against Nevada. No matter what happens, closing out the year at Hawaii in late November is always a nice trip. The Rebels miss Fresno State. 

2012 Schedule
Aug. 30 Minnesota
Sep. 8 Northern Arizona
Sep. 15 Washington State
Sep. 22 Air Force
Sep. 29 at Utah State
Oct. 6 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 13 Nevada
Oct. 20 at Boise State
Oct. 27 at San Diego State
Nov. 3 New Mexico
Nov. 10 at Colorado State
Nov. 17 Wyoming
Nov. 24 at Hawaii

Wyoming

Non-Conference Games: Cal Poly, at Idaho, at Texas, Toledo 
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 3-9

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Cal Poly, at Idaho, Colorado State

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Texas, Toledo, at Nevada, Air Force, at Fresno State, Boise State, at New Mexico, at UNLV, San Diego State

Summary: The Cowboys were the big surprise last year by coming up with several shockers, and they're going to have to do it again. The season starts with the payday at Texas, and the Toledo game at home won't be a lock in any way. Missing Hawaii isn't necessarily a bad thing, and having to go on the road to face New Mexico and UNLV - the two league layups - in back-to-back weeks isn't too daunting. However, it's going to take a few big upsets to get back to a bowl.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 at Texas
Sep. 8 Toledo
Sep. 15 Cal Poly
Sep. 22 at Idaho
Sep. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 at Nevada
Oct. 13 Air Force
Oct. 20 at Fresno State
Oct. 27 Boise State
Nov. 3 Colorado State
Nov. 10 at New Mexico
Nov. 17 at UNLV
Nov. 24 Dan Diego State
 
- 2012 Mountain West Composite Schedule