LARAMIE -- This still feels like the worst hangover of all time.

For me, that's really saying something.

Wyoming had its chances last Saturday night against Boise State inside a frigid War Memorial Stadium. With 45 seconds remaining, Wyoming, fresh off a gift of a George Holani fumble, lined up at the Broncos' 21-yard line, trailing by three.

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At best, the home team would find a way to get in the end zone and head to Fresno State this Friday in the driver's seat in the Mountain Division. Worst-case scenario -- you'd think -- John Hoyland would drill a makeable field goal and send that game to the extra frame.

You know what happened next.



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Yes, that dangling carrot is no more. Fresno State and Boise State will play for the conference crown Dec. 3 inside Albertsons Stadium. The Pokes, on the other hand, will look to win its eighth game in the regular season for the first time since 2016.

Making this hangover linger just a tad longer is the fact next year the Mountain West is ditching divisions.

What does that mean?

The two best teams will play in the title game, period. If that was the case in 2022, this game in Fresno would be gigantic. The winner would go on to play the Broncos on The Blue next Saturday. They say all good things come to those who wait, right?

Is 29 years enough?

That's the last time UW won a share of the conference crown. Those division titles in 1996 and '16 are nice, but I'd imagine it's pretty sweet to be at the top of the mountain. I was 10 years old the last time it happened.

Kickoff in Fresno is scheduled for 8 p.m. Mountain Time. The game will be televised on FS1.

Here's this week's matchups and betting odds (subject to change):

Wyoming (+14.5) at Fresno State

Utah State (+17) at Boise State

New Mexico (+7.5) at CSU

Hawaii (+14) at San Jose State

Nevada (+12.5) at UNLV

Air Force (-2) at San Diego State

Mississippi State (+2.5) at Ole Miss

Tulane (+1) at Cincinnati

Notre Dame (+5.5) at USC

Oregon (-3) at Oregon State

Oklahoma (-2) at Texas Tech

Michigan (+7.5) at Ohio State


Here are last week's records:

Mark Krug: 10-2

Mat: 9-3

Tracy Crum: 9-3

Jen: 8-4

Doug: 8-4

Jared: 8-4

Cody: 8-4

DJ: 6-6


Here are the up-to-date season records for the weekly panel:

Jared: 94-35

Mat: 92-37

Doug: 90-39

Jen: 90-39

DJ: 89-40


Cody: 88-41

Jed Esterbrook and Eric Miller join us as our guest pickers this week. Here's our best bet this week:

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