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Mountain West Monday: An entertaining look at the week that was in the MWC

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Mountain West Conference Standings

(updated 11.7.2010 at 12:46 AM PDT)

Conf Overall
TCU Horned Frogs 6 0 10 0
Utah Utes 5 1 8 1
San Diego St. Aztecs 4 1 7 2
BYU Cougars 3 2 4 5
Air Force Falcons 3 3 6 4
Colorado St. Rams 2 4 3 7
New Mexico Lobos 1 4 1 8
UNLV Rebels 1 4 1 8
Wyoming Cowboys 0 6 2 8

Well the biggest game of the year is over and it looks like TCU is the cream the crop.  Meanwhile miracles really do happen in Albuquerque for Mike Locksley and the Lobos.  Let's take a look at what happened this weekend in the Mountain West.  This will be the final football only edition of Mountain West Monday as hoops action gets started this week.


Air Force:  For the 17th time the Commander-in-Chief's trophy is going home to Colorado Springs.  The Falcons  broke seven year win streak of Navy.  Finally Air Force is bowl eligible after three straight losses.  Expect them to add wins seven and eight before the year is up with New Mexico and UNLV remaining on the schedule.  Is an Independence Bowl bid in their future?  The Armed Forces Bowl make sense but I think they are tired of inviting the Falcons every year.

BYU:  The Cougars have four wins this year and they are all at home.  Next week they travel to CSU and need a win to keep the bowl hopes alive... uh-oh.  No home cooking for the Cougars in Fort Collins.  All three of the Rams victories this year have come at home.  This will be a tough final game between these two teams.

Colorado State:  The Rams were +4 in turnover margin but that wasn't enough to get out of San Diego State with an upset.  Only 31 yards rushing is not going to cut it and allowed a Rocky Long defense to focus entirely on the pass rush.  Wyoming fans will actually be cheering for CSU this week to beat the tar out of BYU.  That is the only victory you're allowed the rest of the year.

New Mexico:  Time for some crow eating... gag.  After weeks of New Mexico jokes it finally caught up this weekend to me.  The Lobos are no longer the worst team in the nation and Wyoming fans can't talk smack for an entire year.  This is an awful turn of events.  Will it be enough to keep Mike Locksley employed in 2011?  That remains to be seen.

San Diego State:  So the Aztecs are now 7-2 this year and on the verge of being ranked.  Don't expect them to make any big jump up the standings over the next two weeks.  The fairly easy ride is about to end now with TCU and Utah in consecutive weeks.  At least that Poinsettia Bowl bid is pretty much ready to be signed sealed and delivered as soon as possible. Ronnie Hillman bounced back nicely this week and now has over 1,000 yards rushing on the year.

TCU:  10-0 now for the third in eight years, not too shabby there Horned Frogs.  The victory over Utah was enough to move the Froggies ahead of Boise in the standings and an inch closer to the National title game if Oregon or Auburn slips up.  The Ute fans talked a lot of smack this week and TCU showed who was clearly the better team.

UNLV:  So the Rebels have beaten New Mexico who beat Wyoming last week.  The Cowboys have two wins on the season.  So does six degrees of Kevin Bacon work in college football or is this just another ugly game that outside fans would never want to watch?  Cowboy fans are using this trip as their bowl game so expect large amounts of alcohol to be consumed by the folks clad in brown and gold.

Utah:  BCS buster no longer.  I see an invite in the Las Vegas Bowl in your post season future.  Still a solid season for the Utes and the fact is TCU would win nearly any conference in the country.  Now you have to travel to South Bend to face the Fighting Irish.  Remember now, independents schools are the enemy and they should be treated as such.  Don't let one loss ruin your season.

Wyoming: Let's not even talk about what happened.  Salt in the wound.


Future Members of the Mountain West

Boise State:  Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards in the victory over Hawaii.  The tough Warriors were no match for the Broncos.  Too bad the polls didn't think the win was very impressive and now TCU has slipped ahead in each poll.  Perhaps having four more games to play will help move them back up.

Fresno State:  Another bowl season for the Bulldogs who are now 6-2.  The WAC version of murders row (Nevada and Boise) is up now.  I think a third trip to the New Mexico Bowl is not good for the Bulldogs.  How about a nice exciting trip in December to Boise for the uDrove Bowl to shake things up?

Nevada:  Boise puts up 700+ yards on offense and so the Wolf Pack put up 844 on Idaho.  How is that even possible?  Every drive must have started from the Nevada two yardline and lasted 58 seconds with a long td pass or run.  Wyoming and Nevada both had three players with 100+ yards rushing,  to bad Wyoming lost and Nevada dominated.  The WAC defector bowl is up next week when Nevada heads to Fresno.