Boise State and Fresno State poised to rule Mountain West

The Mountain West conference is best known for the Boise State Broncos and Fresno State Bulldogs.

Those two teams lead in odds to win the conference at 6 to 5 and 8 to 5 respectively. Not far behind however, are Utah State and San Jose State both at 7 to 1 and San Diego State at 10-1.

Fresno State has been given a win total of 10 with the Over on -115 and the Under +115. Boise State is at 9.5 wins with the Over on -160 and the Under on +120.

Boise State has not been able to be lassoed by odds makers as they went 13 consecutive seasons between 1998 and 2010 without have a losing record for the season against the spread.

However, taking Boise State blind to win ATS has not been as successful the last two seasons. Finally, odds makers like Bovada, betonline, topbet and have caught on resulting in the Broncos going just 11-15 ATS for the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined.

Due to Boise State having a great team three seasons ago, with six players in all being drafted by the NFL, it created inflated point spreads the next two seasons.

That made it unrealistic to think the Broncos could cover such large favorite spreads that averaged more than 25.5 points in their 13 games during 2012.

However, last year the team only had six starters who returned and Boise State was one of the teams with the least experience in the nation.

Of the six games that odds makers have released thus far for Boise State this season, they are underdogs for three – 3.5 points at Washington, 2 points at Fresno State and 3 points at Brigham Young. It is the first time the Broncos have taken points in more than a single game since 2006. That was the year the Broncos were undefeated and defeated Oklahoma to win the Fiesta Bowl.

Some expected the Mountain West would be Boise State and then the rest, but odds makers at books like Bovada and are not seeing it that way.

Boise State is listed at plus-120 or bet a $1 to get $1.20, to be the conference champion.

Fresno State is close behind at plus-160. The two along with the Aztecs of San Diego State were Mountain West tri-champions last season.

Fresno State shocked conference teams as they had not won a title in the conference in 22 seasons prior to last season, but it was their turnover margin of plus 16 that caught teams off guard.

The Fresno State offense has been bragged about by the Bulldogs, but Robbie Rouse graduated and he was not only the third leading receiver on the team, but their top rusher.

The season will start in two weeks, and look for those three teams – Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State to be the cream of the crop once again in the Mountain West.

However, the huge point spreads the Boise State Broncos had the past two seasons, will no longer be around.