Get ready for a competitive season in the Mountain West

Get ready for a competitive season in the Mountain West

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 11:02 PM

BOISE -- When players report to fall camp in just over a week, expect an exciting fall on the football field to immediately ensue.

"I get goosebumps just talking about it," said an ecstatic Derek Carr, who plays quarterback for Fresno State.

"As competitors I think we all smile a little bit and say lets go," added Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick.

There was one opinion that just about everyone shared at Mountain West Media Days. The 2013 season should be the best the conference has ever  seen.

"This is as difficult as we've had since I've been there," Boise State head coach Chris Petersen explained.

"Our conference right now is stronger top to bottom than it's ever been," Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen added.

"Every week is challenge," Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain said.

With both Boise State and San Diego State staying put, Utah State and San Jose State joined the mix.

Twelve teams are now in the league. Of those, five won at least nine games a year ago and seven played in the postseason.

With that in mind, there are more than enough marquee matchups for the Broncos this fall.

Boise State will look for a little revenge against San Diego State after the Aztecs beat them on The Blue last year. Others will take aim at the target on the back  of the Broncos that they have continually missed.

"They've set the stand barrier, whether its been the WAC or the Mountain West," Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "If you want to be the champ, you have to knock the champ off."

"Its a rival game on ESPN at our place," Carr added with a smile. "I can't want for that one."

As for Boise State's goal, that never changes. They want to play on the biggest stage the conference has to offer. The Mountain West Championship Game on Dec. 7.

"We know we're going to get everyone's best shot. I know we're going to accept it," said a confident Southwick. "We're always going to have the big target on our back."

"It seems like everyone is going have us circled on their schedules, so we're going to look forward to that."

 

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