Mountain West Conference Standings
What could have been a great week for the Mountain West turned into a fairly ugly experience overall. Two major upsets didn't materialize and several teams were embarrassed in their games. A 2-7 record is not what was expected during week 3. With the out of conference schedule starting to wind down the chance stack up wins before league play starts is drawing short.
Here is a team by team breakdown:
Air Force: The Falcons put up 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap to 27-24 but couldn't get the ball back in order to knock off #7 Oklahoma. With the #1 rushing attack in the nation the Zoomies are playing impressive football despite not becoming the second Mountain West team to knock off the Sooners in back to back year. Next week the Falcons bring their triple option to Laramie in a big matchup for both teams.
BYU: Down just 13-10 at halftime it appeared the Cougars were keeping pace with the Seminoles. That is until the second half and the Noles dropped 21 unanswered points and 278 yards rushing on the Cougars. Jake Heaps finished 15 of 31 for 114 yards, Riley Nelson had a -22.9 QB rating. BYU is now 1-2 - HOOORAY! They're going to need some luck to stop the running game of Nevada next week.
Colorado State: This team is fugly. Miami of Ohio went 1-11 last year and are now 2-1 this year. This is the first time they've had back to back wins since 2007. The Rams had 1 yard rushing as a team, Pete Thomas threw for 305 yards but also had two picks. It has now been a full year since the Rams have tasted victory.
New Mexico: The Lobos remain winless after a 56-14 beat down by the Utes. The Lobos have now given 20 touchdowns on the season and scored just three of their own. The good news is they face UNLV next week so one of these teams will finally get it's first win of the season. What are the odds on Locksley not even making it through the rest of this season?
San Diego State: I've gotta admit that the Aztecs are much improved and have been impressive this year. They would have been even more impressive if they didn't bumble at the last minute and allow Mizzou to score a 68 yard touchdown and scratch out a 27-24 win, Freshman RB Ronnie Hillman is a stud and is putting a stranglehold on MWC Freshman of the Year honors after his 228 yard performance including a 93 yard touchdown run. Next week they'll go for win #3 against Utah State.
TCU: Beatdown of the week goes to the Horned Frogs who made the Big 12 Baylor Bears look silly in a 45-10 smackdown. After going up 35-3 at halftime Gary Patterson called off the hounds in the second half. The TCU offense put up 558 total yards and Andy Dalton hit 91% of his passes. Next week TCU battles SMU for the Old Iron skillet, Frying Pan or George Foreman Grill trophy.
UNLV: The Rebels played a late night game in Moscow, Idaho which meant everyone got the check out the amazing Kibbie dome. Bobby Hauck is still searching for his first win as coach at UNLV and he'll get his best shot next week against the Lobos. At least they avoided a shutout this weekend by scoring a last minute TD to cut the game to 30-7.
Utah: After a grueling 56-14 win over New Mexico this week the Utes travel home to face the always not dangerous San Jose Spartans. Terrance Cain is doing a great job at QB while Jordan Wynn recovers from a sprained thumb. Maybe the Utes will go with the two QB system that is working for so well for rival BYU.
Future Members of the Mountain West
Boise State: Blah blah blah... the Broncos are good. They crushed Wyoming (Broncos vs Cowboys boxscore). Next week they host Oregon State and College Game Day is coming to Boise. Bronco fans are creaming their shorts.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs put down the pesky Utah State Aggies 41-24 and improve to 2-0 on the year. Next week they travel to Ole Miss. If Jacksonville State can beat the Rebs then the Bulldogs better do the same thing. BTW - "Mississippi" is one my favorite words to spell. I had to spell it every time we crossed the river when I was a kid.
Nevada:The Wolfpack laid the beat down on Cal and their so called "#1 ranked " defense by compiling nearly 500 yards on the Golden Bears in their 52-31 victory. Even after their 3-0 start and dominance on Friday night they still can't crack the Top 25 poll. Hopefully a shillacking of BYU next weekend will propel Nevada into the rankings.
What are your thoughts on Week 3 of the Mountain West? Where did I hit or miss on this recap? Post your thoughts below.