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

Mountain West Monday is back after a one week hiatus.

Well Bowl season is underway after a busy weekend with three games played on Saturday.  That means only 32 footballs are left for this season.  Too bad all the drama forgot to show up for bowl season so far.  Hopefully there will be a few close ones coming up.  Let's get you updated on everything that happened over the last week.

Air Force: Troy Calhoun will only be leaving the Academy when you pry that clipboard from his cold dead hands.  He has been rumoured for every job underneath the sun including the Denver Broncos and he still won't go.   

BYU:  Who knew that Bronco Mendenhall was so agile?  He dogged the gatorade cooler dunk at the end of the game and then gave himself a fist pump afterwards.  So the Cougars pushed around UTEP all day in the 52-24.  It wasn't really fair since Miner QB Trevor Vittatoe only had one functioning leg the whole time.  BYU is the first team to win the chili cook off and win the game.  They better at least fall victim to the curse of winning the New Mexico Bowl.

Colorado State:  The basketball team is playing well but the real reason fans come to Moby Arena is to see Joe Spina the dancing band man.  The band plays "Holiday" from Green Day and he dances with the rhythm of your average white guy and starts taking off clothes.  The senior citizens love the show!

New Mexico:  After Maryland decided to fire their coach after a great season (?) it was mentioned that Mike Locksley could be a candidate as his replacement.  Yes, the man with the 2-22 career record might be promoted.  Too bad that Mike Leach got the job first and the Lobos  weren't able to rid themselves of this menace.

San Diego State:  The Aztecs have won a dozen in a row and now are ranked #11 in the nation.  They should start MWC games with a 15-0 record unless they play an awful game.  Folks in San Diego are also preparing for the Poinsettia Bowl which is on Thursday.

TCU:  The Horned Frogs always get knocked down for having a bad basketball team but things may be changing here.  Sitting at 7-4 so far with wins over Texas Tech, Houston and USC.  None of those teams are having great years but it is a start.  Still a far ways away from being competitive in their future conference the Big East. 

UNLV:  Two losses in a row to Louisville and USCB hurt the Rebs but they still hang in the Top 25 with their 22 ranking.  A huge game on Tuesday when they travel to face #6 Kansas State.  A win in Manhattan would go a long ways to securing a tournament bid. 

Utah:  One final football game as a member of the Mountain West.  Now the Utes will have a chance to see what it would be like to face Boise State.  They may not like the experience with Jordan Wynn out due a shoulder injury.  Should be a good game with a great crowd since all the public tickets sold out early last week. 

Wyoming:  The Cowboys are almost done with their 2011 football recruiting class while the hoops team is beating up on outmatched opponents and have the two game winning streak to prove it.

Future Members of the Mountain West

Boise State:  They lost in basketball last week to Utah, now it is time for Kellen Moore to go for revenge.  It's not a BCS bowl but Las Vegas is much better than playing in front of a home town crowd in Boise.  They'll also be wearing a new edition of their Nike Pro Combat uniforms that Nike unveiled last week.

Fresno State:The fire Pat Hill grumbles are starting again since the Bulldogs again lost to a non AQ team in a bowl game.  The legacy continues to grow and it is not a good one:  they can play well against "top" teams but can't handle the teams they should beat.  Only a few Fresno fans made the trip up to Boise for the Humanitarian Bowl. 

Hawaii:Only five days till the Hawaii Bowl!  Can you feel the excitement building?

Nevada:  The Wolfpack have to wait over a month between games.  At least they will have plenty of time to get Coach Ault signed to that two year extension they've been discussing.