Mountain West Media Days 2013: Full Schedule, TV Info and Participants

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Mountain West Media Days 2013: Full Schedule, TV Info and Participants
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Boise State was the top team in the Mountain West Conference last season, going 11-2 (7-1 MWC) and defeating Washington in the Maaco Bowl.

But will Chris Petersen's Broncos be toppled this year? Will Utah State build on its impressive 2012 campaign?

Here's a look at the 2013 MWC media days, complete with my projections for the top teams in the conference.

 

Where: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev.

When: July 22-23

 

Program Participants
Air Force Head coach Troy Calhoun/Athletes Austin Hayes and Michael Husar
Boise State Head coach Chris Petersen/Athletes Charles Leno Jr. and Joe Southwick
Colorado State Head coach Jim McElwain/Athletes Shaquil Barrett and Weston Richburg
Fresno State Head coach Tim DeRuyter/Athletes Derek Carr and Derron Smith
Hawaii Head coach Norm Chow/Athletes Taylor Graham and Siasau Matagiese
Nevada  Head coach Brian Polian/Athletes Cody Fajardo and Jordan Hanson
New Mexico Head coach Bob Davie/Athletes Dallas Bollema and Kasey Carrier
San Diego State Head coach Rocky Long/Athletes Nat Berhe and Bryce Quigley
San Jose State Head coach Ron Caragher/Athletes David Fales and Keith Smith
UNLV Head coach Bobby Hauck/Athletes Tim Cornett and Tim Hasson
Utah State Head coach Matt Wells/Athletes Chuckie Keeton and Zach Vigil
Wyoming Head coach Dave Christensen/Athletes Marqueston Huff and Brett Smith

 

Projecting Top Teams in 2013-14

3. San Diego State

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Rocky Long's San Diego State Aztecs won seven straight games to close out the 2012-13 campaign, giving hope for the program entering this offseason.

Seven offensive starters and nine defensive starters are returning for the squad. That includes running back Adam Muema, who racked up 1,458 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground last season.

Quarterback Adam Dingwell also returns. The sophomore replaced Ryan Katz as the starter last season when Katz went down with an injury in the first quarter against Nevada on Oct. 20. Dingwell promptly went 14-of-23 for 177 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Aztecs to a 39-38 overtime victory.

On the other hand, Dingwell tossed five touchdowns to seven interceptions in the team's last five games (including the 23-6 loss to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl). The youngster's progress this offseason will be vital.

  

2. Utah State

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Utah State set a school record with 11 wins and six home wins in 2012. 

Unfortunately for the Aggies, they lost some key players this offseason, including running back Kerwynn Williams, safety McKade Brady, cornerback Will Davis and their top five receivers in 2012.

On the other hand, quarterback Chuckie Keeton is back. Keeton averaged 8.3 yards per pass attempt while tossing 27 touchdowns to nine interceptions last season. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed for 619 yards and eight touchdowns.

Keeton will also see four of his five starting offensive linemen return this season.

But you wonder how the team will respond to moving from the weak WAC to the MWC.

 

1. Boise State

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Chris Petersen's Boise State Broncos figure to be the top team in the MWC in 2013-14.

In a rebuilding year with just seven returning starters last season, the Broncos still racked up 11 wins. Now star defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (9.5 sacks in 2012) has had another year to grow. 

If there's one thing we have learned about Chris Petersen throughout the years, it's never to doubt him.

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