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Mountain West Monday: An Entertaining Look At The Mountain West

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Mountain West Conference Standings

(updated 9.3.2011 at 11:43 PM PDT)

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

First off happy Labor Day to everyone!  Hope you are having a great holiday and staying safe.

Week one is in the books and it certainly was an interesting one.  Mountain West teams played in several very close games but not all of them turned out the way we hoped.  Let's see how it all worked out this weekend. 

Our lesson we learned this is week:  the Mountain West should not play weeknight football.

Air Force:  The Coyotes of South Dakota were supposed to be a cupcake opener for the Falcons.  Instead turnovers by Air Force ruined their mojo and their 30-7 lead melted in the second half.  Still they ended up winning 37-20 but this win was a lot harder then the expected.  Even worse news for AF is the fact that TCU lost to Baylor which reduces some of the importance of the game next week.

Boise State:  The Broncos first game as a member of the Mountain West was a success as they beat the Georgia Bulldogs 35-21.  This "neutral" game that was played in Atlanta was the first ever victory for the Broncos over a SEC team.  They also have taken helmet fashion to a new level with the mono logo meaning the Bronco on just the left side of the helmet.  Apparently after winning the Chick Fil-A Kickoff Off the winner is forced to wear a ridiculous weathered helmet "trophy" as punishment.

Colorado State:  The Rams got over their road woes but it certainly wasn't pretty.  A 14-10 victory over New Mexico puts CSU atop the Mountain West conference standings.  Typically that stat would make Wyoming fans sick but it is a fairly meaningless right now since it is just week one.  Pete Thomas was 22 of 26 but only had 178 yards so apparently Coach Fairchild hates gaining first downs on passing plays.

New Mexico:  The Lobos lost again which is not a new story.  The fun thing here is that they weren't completely terrible in their four point loss to CSU.  A fumble on the goal line actually cost them game really.  New Mexico broke out new uniforms that are much cleaner with a white and red "NM" logo on the helmet.  I hate silver helmets so this is a great move in my opinion.  The Lobos out gained the Rams 329 to 270 and Tarean Austin is a decent quarterback.  The Lobos may just get a couple wins this year.  Just don't except to happen in the two weeks when host Arkansas and Texas Tech back to back.

San Diego State:  The Aztecs put a hurting on Cal Poly 49-21 and their offense hasn't missed a beat from 2012.  Ronnie Hillman rushed for 187 yars and two touchdowns.  Ryan Lindley only completed 15 of 27 passes for 203 yards, the good news is that four of those completions went for touchdowns.  We'll see if the cross country trip to New York next week to take on Army effects the Aztecs at all.

TCU:  Son of a biscuit this was an exciting game.  Unfortunately TCU ended up losing 50-48 at Baylor while playing on ESPN.  This takes some wind out of the sails for the Mountain and the Horned but the season has just started.  The #1 defense we've known was nowhere to be seen as Robert Griffin III sliced and diced them so bad that parents had to cover their children's eyes.  Casey Pachall has a very slow side arm delivery that some how works as he had 251 yards and four scores.  His lone interception ended their bid to come back and win at the very end.  Now the Horned Frogs are mad as hell and travel to Colorado Springs next week.  There may be some blood on the field.

UNLV:  UNLV losing to Wisconsin has now become an annual tradition that is celebrated on Labor Day Weekend.  The Rebels were down 51-3 but two scores made it seem better closing the game to 51-17.  The Rebel defense is young and bad, meanwhile the running game showed signs of life with Bradley Randle and Tim Cornett putting up a few big runs.  A trip next week to Washington State should be much a closer game for the Rebels.

Wyoming:  The Pokes are 1-0 and Brett Smith looks to be a great quarterback.  For more info on the game read the two previous articles about the game.   

Future Mountain West Teams Quick Hits

Fresno State:  Kept the first half close but ended up losing to Cal 36-21.

Hawaii:  **ALERT** Bryan Motniz is really good and the Warriors beat Colorado 34-17


Nevada:  The Wolfpack decided to not play any football this week so they could get extra rested up for their trip to Oregon.