Aug. 30, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Northern Arizona mascot Louie the Lumberjack poses for a picture during the game against Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE
Mountain West Conference Standings
(updated 9.8.2012 at 11:55 PM PDT)
Talk about a bad weekend. The Mountain West was battered and bruised this week. There were a couple close losses and a couple upsets by FCS schools. No matter how you look at it, there is really no silver lining here folks. Only eight teams were in action and the conference finished with a 1-7 record. No Mountain West Team has a winning record.
Let's detail the damage here.
Air Force: The Falcons played a close game in Ann Arbor. They still came up on the short end in the 31-25 loss. Denard Robinson accounted for over 400 yards of offense. These two teams combined for 102 rushes. Air Force has looked much better this year then expected. The strange thing is that after the game, no coaches or players from Air Force were made available to the media.
Boise State: The Broncos were smart to take this week off. They were one of three teams that didn't lose (two of them had byes). Next week they host Miami (OH) who is 1-1.
Colorado State: The Rams were able to take down the Buffaloes last week. They could not get past the Bison this week. #1 ranked FCS North Dakota State came to Fort Collins and dominated CSU 22-7. The Rams were missing leading rusher Chris Nwoke, he would have helped them gain more than the 72 yards rushing the team managed. Next week they travel to San Jose to face future conference mate the Spartans.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs went to Oregon and tangled with the Ducks. Of course they lost, but they weren't totally embarrassed with a score of 42-25. 19 of those 25 points came in the second half to help things look respectable. Derek Carr threw for 234 yards and touchdown. Robbie Rouse ran for 115 yards a score. The problem for Fresno was trying to stop the dual running attack of Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas. Those two combined for 303 yards on the ground. Things should be much easier when the Bulldogs host Colorado next week. Not all PAC 12 teams are created equal.
Hawaii: The Warriors were the second team to enjoy a bye week and thus escape a loss. They better beat FCS Lamar next week. We've had our fill of FCS defeats for this year.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack nearly made it two in a row over BCS schools. Nevada went with a prevent defense in the fourth quarter and gave up 200 passing yards. A late touchdown by USF was enough to squeak out a 32-31 win. Right now I'd say they are still the best team in the Mountain West. Should be no problem getting past Northwestern State next week.
New Mexico: No win for the streak for the Lobos as expected. Was hoping they would at least score against Texas. Nope, the Longhorns shutout New Mexico 45-0. Somehow the Lobos out gained Texas on the ground 206 to 146. Starting QB B.R. Holbrook was hurt and New Mexico only threw for 35 yards.
San Diego State: Congrats Aztecs! You were the only Mountain West school to win in week two. SDSU clobbered Army 42-7. With a balanced attack the Aztecs were able to cruise past the Black Knights. Colin Lockett finished things up with a 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Look for another easy victory next week with North Dakota coming to town.
UNLV: Any optimism left from the opening week loss to Minnesota was wiped away by a home loss to FCS Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks are not a FCS powerhouse and their mascot will haunt your dreams. UNLV had a 14-0 lead at halftime, unfortunately they gave up 17 straight unanswered points. This is the second straight year the Rebels have lost to a FCS team. Not looking good for Coach Hauck. On Friday night they will face Mike Leach and the Cougars in Pullman.
Wyoming: The Pokes suffered a heartbreaking loss and an injury to star QB Brett Smith. Let's just not talk about it.
Future Mountain West Members
San Jose State: The Spartsn beat up on UC Davis 45-13 and are now 1-1. They are 10.5 point favorites over Colorado State this weekend.
Utah State: Hooray! The Aggies knocked off in-state rivals the Utes and it was a thing of beauty. Chuckie Keeton is looking like the stud from last year, before he was hurt. Can they beat Wisconsin on the road? That would be something.