Bowl season starts Saturday with four MW teams in action

A record seven Mountain West football teams made it to bowl games. The old record was six in 2013.

Four of those teams will play their bowl games Saturday, the first day of the bowl season. Here’s who I think will win and why. As the other bowl games with MW teams approach, I will pick those as well. As always, your feedback is encouraged.

New Orleans Bowl — Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana (8-4), 9 a.m. MT (ESPN)

This is basically a road game for Nevada as it plays the in-state school that is playing in this game for the fourth consecutive year. The Ragin’ Cajuns won the previous three.

The two teams are evenly matched. Nevada averages 31.3 points per game; Louisiana (8-4) averages 30.6. Nevada allows 28.2 points per game; Louisiana 27.9. Both teams also have dual-threat quarterbacks: Nevada’s Cody Fajardo and Louisiana’s Terrance Broadway.

Nevada is good enough to win this game, but I am sticking with Ragin’ Cajuns as it will have the definite home-field advantage. Plus, Nevada will kickoff this game at 8 a.m. PT on their own time clocks. It may take the Wold Pack a while to wake up.. Louisiana 34, Nevada 28.

New Mexico Bowl — Utah State (9-4) vs. UTEP (7-5), 12:20 p.m. MT (ESPN)

UTEP averages 212.7 rushing yards per game, and Utah State allows only 129.3 rushing yards per contest. Utah State also is a more well-rounded team offensively and defensively.

UTEP has allowed 46 touchdowns this season, compared to 33 for Utah State. The Aggies may take a little time to get going on offense, but their defense will carry them to an easy victory. Utah State 38, UTEP 20.

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VIDEO: Derrious Gilmore, Leonard Washington, Larry Nance Jr.

From left to right, Wyoming men’s basketball players Derrious Gilmore, Leonard Washington and Larry Nance Jr. talk about the Cowboys’ 75-67 overtime loss to Western Michigan in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Monday, March 26, 2013.

VIDEO: Washington-to-Adams for Wyoming

Wyoming senior forward Leonard Washington throws a pass to true freshman guard Josh Adams late in regulation against Western Michigan in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Monday, Marchh 25, 2013. Adams was fouled and made 1 of 2 free throws for a three-point UW lead. Western Michigan forced overtime and won 75-67.

Ewing back in Laramie with NBA as top goal

Former Wyoming men’s basketball guard Brandon Ewing (2006-09) was shooting some jump shots with current UW player Charles Hankerson Jr. prior to the Cowboys’ quarterfinals game of the CBI with Western Michigan Monday at the Arena-Auditorium.

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Ewing is UW’s record-holder in career 3-pointers made (193) and 3-point attempts (594). He also is second in in scoring (2,168 points) and assists (471). Ewing just completed his fourth season on professional basketball. He was overseas in Switzerland and Greece.

Ewing said he moved back to Laramie recently to get his body healthy and train in Laramie’s 7,220-foot altitude for a shot to land with an NBA team next season.

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