•Mountain West: BYU
The Cougars went 11-2 and 8-0 in the conference last year with an offense that averaged 442.8 yards per game and 30.1 points. That offense returns 10 starters, only having to replace the center. There seems to be no reason they should not repeat as champions, and they have a chance to make a case for a BCS bowl if they go 11-1 or 12-0 with nonconference games against UCLA and Washington. The two major issues holding them back are the loss of eight starters on a defense that only gave up 18 points per game last year, and their two toughest conference games, Utah and TCU, are on the road.
The previously posted Jason Phillips article, from the FWST, has spread to the Macon Telegraph and the Idaho Statesman