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Kickoff Countdown: 2013 Bold Predictons

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Quarterbacks will run the show this season in the MWC, and deservedly so, but they'll need to watch out for Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.
Quarterbacks will run the show this season in the MWC, and deservedly so, but they'll need to watch out for Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.

The Picks

Division Champs: Boise State (Mountain), Fresno State (West)
Conference Champ: Boise State
Top Heisman Candidate: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Offensive Player Of The Year: Carr
Defensive Player Of The Year: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Coach Of The Year: Ron Caragher, San Jose State
Biggest Upset: Hawaii over San Diego State
Emerging Star: Taylor Graham, QB, Hawaii
Game Of The Year: Fresno State at San Jose State
Biggest Disappointment: San Diego State
Coach On The Hottest Seat: Bobby Hauck, UNLV

A Six Pack Of Bold MWC Predictions

1. Boise State will lose two (at Washington, at Fresno State) of its first four games, but will reel off nine straight wins to win the inaugural MWC title game.

2. Nevada will finish with a losing record and miss out on a bowl for the first time since 2004.

3. UNLV will snap its 22-game road losing streak with a victory at the site where it won its last road contest: at New Mexico on Sept. 28.

4. The MWC, which had four QBs finish in the top 40 of the FBS passing-efficiency ratings a year ago, will nearly double that total this year with San Jose State's David Fales, Utah State's Chuckie Keeton and Graham joining Carr, Wyoming’s Brett Smith, Boise State’s Joe Southwick and Nevada’s Cody Fajardo.

5. Carr set the MWC single-season passing yardage record by throwing for 4,104 a year ago, but both Carr and Fales will obliterate that by both topping 4,500 this fall.

6. Utah State will notch the MWC’s biggest non-conference victory of the season when it wins at USC on Sept. 21.

Compiled by MWC Editor Ken Pomponio