The bowl season is nearly upon us, and it is time that we take a closer look at all the destination possibilities for the top Mountain West teams.
Unfortunately, unless the Houston Cougars stumble, no Mountain West team will be playing in a BCS game.
TCU would have to make it as high as No.16 in the BCS rankings coupled with a Houston loss to gain an automatic bid, and Boise State is really at the mercy of being an at-large pick. And, if you are familiar with the BCS system, BSU being selected as an at-large pick seems like an extremely long shot, especially when a team like Michigan is on the board.
Still, anything could happen, and if for some reason either TCU or BSU make a BCS bowl game, the predictions in this article go out the window.
Then again, that's college football for you.
Here are the Mountain West bowl tie-ins and predictions:
*All times listed are MST.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Dec. 17 in Albuquerque, N.M. on ESPN at 12 p.m.
Mountain West No. 5 vs Pac-12
Projection: Wyoming vs. an at-large bid (Pac-12 will not have a team eligible)
Wyoming going here makes a lot of sense when you look at other bowl possibilities for Mountain West teams.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Dec. 21 in San Diego on ESPN at 6 p.m.
Mountain West No. 2 vs. WAC
Projection: San Diego State vs La.Tech
A home team for the Poinsettia Bowl makes a lot of sense. This bowl has a priority choice, but you can bet the MWC will negotiate to make everyone happy, and it would have to be happy to have some home cookin' around holiday time.
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 22 in Las Vegas on ESPN at 6 p.m.
Mountain West No. 1 vs Pac-12 No. 5
Projection: Boise State vs Arizona State
Boise State travels better than TCU, and the Las Vegas Bowl is excited to see the Broncos return. Again, the MWC will be trying to make the deals that are best for its teams, its bowls and its conference, and this choice makes a lot of sense.
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La. on ESPN at 3 p.m.
Mountain West No. 3 vs. ACC No. 7
Projection: TCU vs North Carolina State or North Carolina
This bowl actually has the best pay-out of any MWC tie-in, and it makes the most sense for TCU. It is only 187 mile drive down US-80 E to the Independence bowl for TCU fans, and it would be a no-brainer to send them there.
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Dec. 28 in Washington on ESPN at 2:30 p.m.
ACC No. 8 vs. Navy or C-USA
Projection: Air Force vs Wake Forest (Navy did not qualify, and C-USA will not have a team)
Even though this is not a Mountain West bowl tie-in, it works out well for everyone this year. Air Force will take Navy's spot, and this will make everyone at the "Military Bowl" happy. After all, what is a bowl called "Military" without a military representative?
These bowl selections make far and away the most sense, and let's hope for all the players, coaches, schools, and fans involved they go this way.
Of course, there is never an abundance of common sense when it comes to college football and bowl games.
Let us know what you think...