Mountain West 2017 Betting
Looking for Mountain West 2017 Football Conference betting picks? Last years MWC championship game featured the San Diego State Aztecs and the Wyoming Cowboys with the Aztecs coming out on top by a final score of 27-24. This year the Mountain West is strong on the top again, with a couple of teams with serious chances to come out on top.
San Diego State Aztecs: MW 2017 Handicapping
- Head Coach: Rocky Long
- 2016 Penn State Record: 11-3
- Penn State Odds To Win Mountain West: +140
- Penn State Odds to Win NCAA Championship: +50000
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But this year the Mountain West is going to belong to one team, and that is the team that came out on top of the division last year, the San Diego State Aztecs.
Here are five reasons why the hype is real in 2017.
Reasons San Diego State Will Win The Mountain West
Strong Running Game
The Aztecs lost Donnel Pumphrey to graduation this off season, but for a team that has lost the NCAA All time leading rusher, they are the in good shape last year.
Last year they were the first team to have a 2000 yard rusher and a 1000 yard rusher in the same season, and that 1000 yard rusher is back this season.
Rashaad Penny rushed for 1018 yards last season and that number should really increase this year, with him getting the bulk of the carries. Last year he rushed for 7.5 yards per carry, and he is expecting to get at least 25 carries per game.
The offense is really going to lean on him, but if last season was any indication, he will be ready for the big step up in workload.
Plain and simple this defense attacks the ball, and knows how to go get the ball. In the last two season the defense has intercepted 49 interceptions, which leads the entire nation.
Senior Kameron Kelly is back after intercepting five passes last year. Las year he was a safety but has moved to corner back, and that should help raise his interception totals.
The other thing that this team is good at doing along with intercepting the ball, is returning those balls for touchdowns.
Ron Smith is young, only being a sophomore this year, but he is going to be the next great defensive back to come out of Aztecs program.
Last year he had three interceptions, and was able to return two of those to the house for touchdowns.
Special Stars on Special Teams
Not only is Rashaad Penny good coming out of the backfield, he is also really good on kickoff returns.
On returns last year he averaged a spectacular 31.2 yards. He also has taken five kickoffs in his career back to the house for touchdowns.
The Aztecs also have a very special kicker. Last year John Baron II had an excellent year last year setting two school records for field goal percentage and field goals.
Good at Time of Possession
When a team likes to run the ball, that team is usually good at controlling the clock and time of possession.
That is a big strength for the Aztecs because it helps keep the defense fresh and ready, and for a team that is thin at some positions, that is key.
Look for them to be one of the best teams in the country again at time of possession per game.
Down Mountain West
One of the other keys for this team is the Mountain West and how it is a little down from previous years. Now don’t get it wrong this isn’t going to be in a walk in the park for the Aztecs but it will be a little easier then it might have been say four years ago.
Boise State is still going to be a threat, but they aren’t as strong as years past. They also get to play the Broncos at home this year, which should make them the favorites in that game.
Mountain West 2017 Football Conference Betting Prediction: 9-3
San Diego State has a tough non conference schedule having to play Arizona State and Stanford, both games that they will be underdogs in.
I think once conference play rolls around they will lose one game, but that will still be enough to get them into the conference championship game.
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