The Mountain West has remained steady in a world where realignment has caused havoc. Even though San Diego State kind of tried, conference realignment hasn't had an impact on it because the league's top teams have remained the same for a while. In the computer rankings that decide league payouts, it frequently places first or second among the Group of 5 leagues.
But there's no denying that the conference's attendance fell dramatically in 2022. Boise State had trouble getting going, Jake Haener, the quarterback for Fresno State, struggled after being hurt, San Diego State dropped back to the pack, and the bottom fell out at the bottom of the standings. The quarterback play in the league was atrocious.
The Mountain West thinks it may be in a position to once again become the top G5 league and secure a spot in the New Year's Six for the first time since the 2014 season as a result of the American losing three heavyweights in Cincinnati, UCF, and Houston.
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What’s new in the Mountain West?
1. Many could have missed Boise State's returns to back to action.
In Andy Avalos' first season, the Broncos had a 7-5 record, which was their poorest mark since 1998. Following a defeat to UTEP, they began the 2022 campaign 2-2, the offensive coordinator was fired, and quarterback Hank Bachmeier left the team. Casual spectators could have forgotten about them.
The Broncos lost the conference title game against Fresno State and Haener, but they went 8-2 the rest of the campaign, including 8-0 in Mountain West play. The Broncos could be ready to reclaim first place in the Group of 5 with the emergence of Taylen Green at quarterback and the return of a number of playmakers.
2. It was a fairly quiet coaching carousel.
Since the end of the 2019 season, nine of the 12 schools in the Mountain West have changed their coaches. This season, Barry Odom at UNLV is the only new coach.
3. Lackluster offense last year saw the bottom of the league improve.
Due to lacklustre offense last year, a number of MWC clubs fell to the bottom of the FBS. But this season, teams like Colorado State, Hawaii, and Nevada ought to resume their upward trends.
4. San Diego State figured out their offense situation.
Commencing the prior season, the Aztecs encountered a challenging 0-3 initiation, grappling with a deficiency in surpassing the 65-yard mark in their initial quartet of clashes against FBS contenders. Under the directive of Brady Hoke, Ryan Lindley was enlisted to assume the role of offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. A noteworthy shift ensued as the Aztecs secured triumphs in five of their ensuing six encounters. Jalen Mayden, initially occupying the position of safety, underwent a transformation into a quarterback and remarkably amassed a total of 2,030 passing yards over his concluding eight engagements. As the upcoming season approaches, a noteworthy alteration is apparent with Lindley now taking charge as the offensive coordinator, and the return of Mayden to his quarterback position adds to the narrative.
5. No more divisions.
Despite having two of the sport's most straightforward division names (Mountain and West), the Mountain West has followed other conferences in doing away with divisions. On the No. 1 team's home ground, the top two teams will face off.