Another fun filled week in MWC play! This week there are 5 games this week with all 9 teams in action.
War Memorial Stadium 12PM TV: The Mtn
Here is another showdown between the top teams in the conference, and for Wyoming they need to win to keep pace with the BYU Cougars later this month. This game will pit a great defense in Wyoming against a very good offense by New Mexico. The key for New Mexico is to be able to run the ball and have Rodney Ferguson rush for 100 yards, and that will be tough since the Cowboys have yet to allow one all year. New Mexico also has the weapons in the passing game to be able to have success in running or throwing, but the run game is the key for New Mexico to win. As for Wyoming their defense must remain constant and keep doing what they do, as for their offense they must not have a let down like they had against Ohio. The Cowboys must be able to move the ball and not turnover the ball, their offense is not prolific but it is good enough to put up 21 points a game.
Rice Eccles Stadium 1PM TV: San Diego Ch.4 CSTV PPV
So, what Utah team will show this Saturday, but on a side note even that I do not have The Mtn. this game is not being shown on TV at all unless you live in San Diego on local channel 4, but the game will be shown on CSTV PPV as well if you are not in the area. Well back to the game, the Aztecs are 1-0 in conference play after defeating Colorado State last week. If the same Utah team that showed up last week is there Saturday the Utes should easily win this game. The Utes need to have Darrell Mack keep running the ball well and he should get over 100 yards. For the Aztecs to pull this off they will need to play very well on defense and try to limit Brian Johnson and Darrell Mack or get some help from the Utes who have the chance to implode just like against UNLV and Air Force
Stanford Stadium 2PM PT TV: NONE
OK, Stanford knocked of USC last week, but besides that they have been pathetic besides that one game. As for TCU they have vastly underachieved and the Horned Frogs will be again without Tommy Blake. With Blake missing games that could be the reason for their struggles so far, because Blake has been a leader of the team and he has missed quite a few of games and practices this year. As for the game TCU has a great defense even without Blake and Stanford's offense is ok while only scoring 22 a game, but besides that they have not scored much. As for TCU they need Aaron Brown to run for at least 100 yards, and they need consistent play from whoever is at QB. As for my prediction going with Stanford seems logicaly because they just beat USC, but they might feel over confident because what they have done but I will still go with Stanford to win this game in a close one.
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium 3:30 PM MT TV: The Mtn. /Sirius Radio
Colorado is still trying to get their first win, and the way Senior QB Caleb Hanie has played and the ineffectiveness of Kyle Bell this might be a tough one. Air Force will still be able run at will over this Rams defense, somewhere in the range of 175-300 yards on the ground. Ever since Korry Sperry went down with a knee injury against Cal this team has not been the same. They have untimely interceptions and just many turnovers, but for the Rams to win they must have Kyle Bell shoulder the load and keep the ball away from the Falcons. The Rams are at home and that will help them some, but Air Force is the surprise team in the MWC and they should pull this one out in the end by wearing out the Ram defense.
Sam Boyd Stadium 6:30PM PT TV: The Mtn.
This is not the Rebels of every year for the past 1o years, which has been terrible. BYU will most likely win, but they way the Cougars have played on the road do not count out Mike Sanfords team. Frank Summers has been running the ball very well and Travis Dixon has emerged as a quality starter in this league. BYU will need to take this game seriously which is something they did not do against a Tulsa team they lost to because of inflated egos. The Cougars offense should be able to over match the Rebel defense, but the one thing that could hurt the Cougars is that the Rebels are able to create turnovers which is why they are better this year. For the predictions go with BYU they should be focused after a bye week and their focus now is to repeat as MWC champs.