What We Learned From Week Ten In Mountain West Football


Air Force

The Falcons should be given an assist for putting the final nail in now ex-UNLV head coach MIke Sanford.  All they did was rush 71 times for 431 yards for a 6.1 clip per play, and six touchdowns.  Air Force wraps up their regular season against BYU next week in an effort to get to eight wins.  Side not on the Falcons, all of their losses have by 7, 3, and 7.

Colorado State

They were on the bye week which was a must need for the Rams, and are geared up for a near shoe-in win when they take on the oh-fer New Mexico Lobos on the road. Maybe the Rams from week one through three will show up after a week of no games and regained their focus.

New Mexico

Sound! The! Alarm! the New Mexico Lobos almost won their game against BYU.  If kicker James Aho could have made his missed field goal and extra point attempts the Lobos would have that ugly zero removed from the front of their record.  Seriously, QB Donovan Porterie showed some life as they had multiple drives of  moving and picking apart the  BYU defense.  Their last hope for a win is at home against equally bad Colorado State; that will be a toss up.

San Diego State

That fourth quarter must be making Brady Hoke steam, after giving up 24 fourth quarter points to lose by three.  Aztecs were in a good position to go to a bowl game, but now they must beat Utah and UNLV both on the road.  SDSU has improved, but that lapse could carry over for the rest of the season.

TCU

Dominate.  That is all what could fit in this spot, but the Horned Frogs are legit and deserve a shot at the BCS title, but for that to go down they need help from the top three rivals.  In Saturday's beat down over Utah the Horned Frogs had their first 100 yard rusher against an FBS opponent when redshirt frosh Ed Wesley went for 137 yards on 12 carries.  TCU is dominant on both sides of the ball and looks to be the best team in Mountain West history -- even better then the 2004 Utah team that was very, very good.

UNLV

Fifth straight losing season and your coach gets fired all in the same weekend sums up a bad weekend for the Rebels.  This team baffles everyone because they have an offense that has shown signs of being able to go toe-to-toe with the best in the Moungain West, but their defense is terrible.  Sanford is coaching the season out, but lets see if the team quits with him.

Utah

Not as good as I thought.  TCU ate them apart, and yet again the Utes lost a fumble from their return man not being able to hold onto the ball.  QB Jordan Wynn did make a few good throws, coupled with WR David Reed bailing him out at times.  The supposed tough rushing defense gave up over 300 yards on the ground and allowed TCU's first 100 yards rusher all season against an FBS team.

Wyoming

What a comeback, and to be lead by a true frosh QB Austyn Carta-Samuels.  That win over San Diego State means a bowl berth comes down to the Border War on the road against rival Colorado State.  The Pokes are doing the best job with a new head coach and could be going to their first bowl game since the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl where they beat UCLA.

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