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Mountain West Monday: An Entertaining Look At The Mountain West

Mountain West Conference Standings

(updated 9.19.2011 at 7:04 AM PDT)

Conf Overall
TCU Horned Frogs 1 0 2 1
Colorado St. Rams 1 0 2 1
San Diego St. Aztecs 0 0 3 0
Wyoming Cowboys 0 0 3 0
Boise St. Broncos 0 0 2 0
UNLV Rebels 0 0 1 2
Air Force Falcons 0 1 1 1
New Mexico Lobos 0 1 0 3

This certainly qualifies as another crazy week in the Mountain West.  Despite all the conference realignment hubbub that is occuring the Mountain West actually played some football games.  It is interesting watching the Big East teeter on the brink of collapse just a year after the Mountain West was in the same position. 

Air Force:  The Cadets had the week off to lick their wounds after the loss to TCU.  Calhoun probably had his team race up to Pikes Peak in order to improve their conditioning and prepare for Tennessee State.

Boise State:  The Broncos and Kellen Moore still know how to win on a Friday night even though they are no longer part of the WAC.  Moore threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns.  Though his actual passes were much shorter then 455 yards.  Thanks to Doug Martin a short little screen pass turned into a 71 yard touchdown.  Next up the Broncos host Tulsa in their first home game and they can finally wear all blue on the blue turf.  Don't get used to it.

Colorado State:  The Rams solidified themselves as the worst football team in the state of Colorado after losing to CU 28-14.  They only managed 243 total yards of offense but at least Pete "Speedy Wheels " Thomas got the first rushing touchdown of his career.  A date with Utah State is next for the Rams who look to stay above .500.

New Mexico:  The goods new for New Mexico is that the absolute hell portion of their schedule is now finished.  After back to  back blowout losses to Arkansas and Texas Tech things get a bit easier.  They next face the Sam Houston State Bearkats who are undefeated this year at 2-0.  If they lose this game then Locksley should just be fired on the spot. 

San Diego State:  How do you know when your team has a poor football history?  When you finally go 3-0 and it is the first time it has happened since 1981,  The Aztecs finally burst the bubble of Washington State and Ronnie Hillman was in "Beast Mode" the entire second half.  Next up is Michigan and the Aztecs former coach Brady Hoke.   

TCU:  The Horned Frogs made this win over ULM way to close for my blood.  The Warhawks led 17-14 after the first quarter and then Gary Patterson got really angry.  After that it was 28 straight for the Horny Toads.  Next up is the not so might Portland State Vikings.  Listening to people mispronounce Pachall is always entertaining.

UNLV:  What the hell happened to the Rebels?  After getting creamed by Washington State the week before this team did a complete 180.  Why couldn't they perform like this when I actually picked them to beat Wazzu.  Tim Cornett had 80 of 106 rushing yards on one play.   The Rebels show that great things can happen when the other team fumbles four times.

Wyoming:  This is gonna hard for some Wyoming fans to accept but this Cowboy team may actually be good.  After months of self loathing and countless projections of an awful season the Pokes are now 3-0.  They nearly blew a 28-14 lead on the road in Bowling Green but still held on thanks to a blocked extra point.   The offense has shown signs of life in all three games and is on pace to shatter all offensive records under Coach Christensen.  The big test against Nebraska happens this weekend.   


Future Mountain West Team Quick Hits

Fresno State:  Pat Hill does it again.  A week after hanging tough with Nebraska the Bulldogs barely defeat FCS doormat North Dakota. 

Hawaii:  Was losing to UNLV a requirement for you to join the Mountain West?  Well welcome aboard!

Nevada:  Seriously, 17-14 over San Jose State?  The Wolfpack is making UCLA look like a powerhouse here.