With a huge upset in Boise this past week, the Mountain West Conference has been turned upside down and any of five teams can win or share in a title. That sets up week 11 as an elimination week with four of the top five schools playing each other. All ten clubs battle one another Saturday November 10th – here’s a quick look at each game.
Air Force Academy Falcons at the San Diego State Aztecs
The Aztecs must be on a high after beating the usually invincible Boise State on the Broncos home smurf turf. They will need to come down some because the Falcons’ ground game is tough to stop. San Diego State’s offense with a good rushing attack of its own should be enough for the Aztecs to defeat the Air Force by a touchdown or more in a cool wet and windy San Diego. Yes, even San Diego gets weather ever once in awhile.
Wyoming Cowboys at the New Mexico Lobos
The Cowboys’ record belies the quality of this team as they’ve had some tough losses along the way. The Lobos have already won more games this year than in the past three seasons combined and it has to do with their run game (5th in the nation). New Mexico sorely needs this victory if they want a shot at a bowl game; however, Wyoming ruins someone else’s season for a change and wins on the road in Albuquerque with a close contest.
UNLV Rebels at the Colorado State Rams
Trying to make a bad year better, these two squads each have only two wins this season and not much has gone right for either team. The Rebels appear to have an assemblance of a balanced offense that can throw and run well … at times. The Rams two wins are over teams with 15 losses between them already – meaning that UNLV will win a close one in cold Fort Collins with weather that could get messy.
Boise State Broncos at the Hawaii Warriors
The Broncos are coming off a tough loss at home but then again, the Warriors are coming off six losses in-a-row. Simply said, Boise State has too much going for them to lose to a Hawaii team that isn’t very good. Broncos still have a great defense and will win by three touchdowns or more in Honolulu.
Fresno State Bulldogs at the Nevada Wolf Pack
The Bulldogs have a very good passing attack while the Wolf Pack is very good at running the ball. These advantages have led to very productive offenses for both squads. The difference is Nevada’s defense … or lack thereof. The Wolf Pack is coming off a bye and they’re at home – where, by the way, temps will be in the 20s. Nevada knocks Fresno State off the top spot, by less than a touchdown.
The results above would leave San Diego State and Boise State atop the standings but by virtue of the Aztecs upset win last week at Boise, they would take command of first place in the Mountain West.
The following week has four games involving eight of the league’s teams playing each other – but no surprises are to be expected. San Diego State and Fresno State have byes.
Sources – Mountain West Conference
Mountain West Conference Week 10 Review
Fresno State Going Up While Hawaii Going Down
On-Again Off-Again 13th Game for Hawaii
Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of college football as well as Hawaii, visiting there as a second home for over 40 years. Go ‘Bows!