Sports gambling fans saw from the start that this was a quality conference when BYU scored a week one online sports gambling upset win over Oklahoma. BYU’s win over a team that was ranked in the top 10 at the time was a sports gambling demonstration to smart handicappers that although the Mountain West is not an automatic-qualifier conference it certainly should be.
TCU was the talk of the conference, however, as the Horned Frogs completed a perfect 12-0 online sports gambling season with a signature sports betting win at Clemson, the ACC runner up, 14-10. The Horned Frogs covered the sports gambling line 8 out of 12 times and made the Fiesta Bowl.
Utah proved last year that the Mountain West could compete with the “Big Boys” when the scored a stunning sports gambling blowout win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The rebuilding Utes finished this season with a 9-3 straight up record and lost a close game at Oregon, the Pac 10 champion, 24-31.
Air Force has always been a strong sports gambling commodity and came through with a 7-5 season while going 6-5 with the sports gambling board. Wyoming made a bowl for the first time since 2004 as they finished 6-6 straight up and 8-3 against the sports gambling board in the first year for new head coach Dave Christensen.
The Cowboys should be an up and coming sports gambling commodity in the future. The Mountain West is certainly comparable to the Big East Conference, which receives an automatic qualifier bid for the BCS.
The success of the conference in the past two seasons against BCS teams has proven not only their merits on the field but their value on the board. Mountain West teams provided smart handicappers with plenty of value as it is consistently underrated and overlooked by the general public.
The bowl season should again show the merits of this league and likely provide value to sharp gamblers.