Citizen Fall

Non-BCS/Independent ’08 Preview

Mountain West Conference

Brigham Young Cougars (12-0) **BCS buster**

BYU QB Max Hall would benefit from a strong Cougar ground attack (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

BYU QB Max Hall would benefit from a strong Cougar ground attack (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Utah Utes (11-1)

New Mexico Lobos (9-3)

TCU Horned Frogs (8-4)

Air Force Falcons (7-5)

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (6-6)

San Diego State Aztecs (4-8)

Wyoming Cowboys (3-9)

Colorado State Rams (2-10)

Champion: BYU

Team on the rise: New Mexico

Team on the fall: UNLV

Player to Watch: BYU QB Max Hall

Bowlers: BYU, Utah, New Mexico, TCU

Western Athletic Conference

Fresno State fans hope the football team can match the success of the FSU baseball team, which rode underdog status to a College World Series championship (Photo--Craig Kohlruss--The Fresno Bee)

Fresno State fans hope the football team can match the success of the FSU baseball team, which rode underdog status to a College World Series championship (Photo--Craig Kohlruss--The Fresno Bee)

Fresno State Bulldogs (10-2) ** BCS buster**

Boise State Broncos (9-3)

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (8-4)

Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4)

San Jose State Spartans (6-6)

New Mexico State Aggies (5-7)

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-8)

Idaho Vandals (2-10)

Utah State Aggies (1-11)

Champion: Fresno State

Team on the rise: Nevada

Team on the fall: Hawaii

Player to Watch: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick

Bowlers: Fresno State, Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada

Conference USA

East Carolina's Skip Holtz is well on his way to achieving success similar to that of his father (ECU Athletics Photo)

East Carolina's Skip Holtz is well on his way to achieving success similar to that of his famed father (Photo-ECU Athletics)

East Division

Central Florida Knights (8-4)

East Carolina Pirates (8-4)

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-5)

Memphis Tigers (6-6)

UAB Blazers (4-8)

Marshall Thundering Herd (3-9)

West Division

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-3)

Tulsa's Captain Cane should get ample opportunity to flaunt his kick-ass cape and sweet Adidases this season

Tulsa's Captain Cane should get ample opportunity this season to flaunt his kick-ass cape and sweet Adidases.

Houston Cougars (7-5)

Rice Owls (6-6)

UTEP Miners (6-6)

SMU Mustangs (3-9)

Tulane Green Wave (2-10)

Champion: Tulsa

Team on the rise: Rice

Team on the fall: Memphis

Player to Watch: Tulsa QB David Johnson

Bowlers: Tulsa, Central Florida, East Carolina, Southern Mississippi

Independents

Predicted records of those teams either too snobby to affiliate themselves with a conference, or in the case of Notre Dame, too money-hungry:

Navy Midshipmen (8-4)

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6-6)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-7)

Army Black Knights (3-9)

Team most likely to cave and claim conference affiliation: Notre Dame, but only after NBC realizes its Olympic debt and is forced to start cutting costs, beginning with the exclusive Irish television contract

Player to Watch: Navy option run-first, pass-second QB Kaipo-Nao Kaheaku-Enhada.  And, yes, that’s really his name.

Bowlers: Navy

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