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Mountain West in for a wild year

Let's see ... the defending champ lost its coaches, the traditional powers are struggling and Wyoming is the preseason favorite. It's a wild year in the Mountain West.

Updated: August 22, 2005, 2:30 PM ET
By Ted Miller | Special to ESPN.com

Wyoming coach Joe Glenn is fond of saying, "There's only one way to eat an elephant -- one bite at a time."

That sounds like an unusual lunch, and the image inspires a wrinkled eyebrow, which makes it an appropriate way to introduce the Mountain West Conference in 2005.

How does the conference stack up? Would you like fresh ground pepper on your elephant?

In the conference's preseason media poll, four teams -- out of nine -- received first-place votes, with three ...

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