Wyoming. Coach Phil Dicken's Cowboys were the only team to defeat champion Denver last fall. There are 21 lettermen returning from that squad, including all-conference Captain Ray Lutterman at tackle; 'Bugs' Carter, all-conference end; and Joe Matrogiovanni, the all-conference quarterback who homes in Brooklyn.
Denver. The departure of Coach Bob Blackman for Dartmouth and the graduation of the top six backs on last year's championship squad about do the mile-high boys in for this year.
Colorado A&M. After a weak season in 1954 the Aggies should be much improved. Chief threat is Quarterback Gary Glick, who last year led the nation in pass interceptions, placed fifth nationally in total offense.
New Mexico. A good backfield with the possibility of a fine passing attack may make the Lobos the giant killers in the loop.
Utah State. A new coaching staff and the loss of last year's line are too much of a load this year.
Montana and Brigham Young. It looks like a race for the security of the storm cellar again.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE
Western State was awarded the championship in 1954 after conference officials discovered an ineligible player on Montana State. Again, it looks like the same top teams, with MSC, loser of only its final game last year, enjoying an edge. But it will be close. Western State has virtually the same team intact that finished last season with a fine 9-1 record.
If neither should fall, a not-unlikely thought since injuries can easily throw any of the conference's talent-thin teams out of balance, the probable candidates to fill in the breach are Idaho State and tough Colorado Mines. Colorado State has been building and most likely will oust Colorado College from fifth spot.