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What We Learned From Week One Of Mountain West Football

Air Force - There is not a ton that can be learned from playing a FCS team, but there is something to take from this game and that would be in the form of wide receiver Mikel Hunter. On the first play of the game he had an 80-yard touchdown run, and on the day he had 82 yards rushing. That was not all as he had a 55 yards on one reception that went for a touchdown. Yes it was against South Dakota but it Hunter made big plays and is another weapon for Air Force.

Boise State - The offensive and defensive line proved to be their strength again as they were able to push around the Georgia lines. The wide receiver replacements did step up and had a good game, but the only thing missing was  a deep threat wide receiver.

Colorado State - The running game still needs improvement and is not showing as much promise as most thought during spring practice. By not performing well against New Mexico the rest of the season may be a long one for the Rams rushing attack. The bright spot was defensive line Nordly Capi had six tackles, 4.5 were for a loss, four forced fumbles while recovering one and 3.5 sacks

New Mexico - I can guarantee that the Lobos are not the worst team in college football and did show a lot of improvement. The biggest bright spot is new quarterback Tarean Austin who looks to have promise as a dual-threat quarterback. Austin has the playing style to the 2010 version of Michigan's DeNard Robinson, but not quite as good yet. 

San Diego State - Again, tough to learn a lot from playing an FCS team, but their offense did not seem to miss a bit. Quarterback Ryan Lindley threw four touchdown passes to three different wide receivers and in the process became San Diego State's all-time touchdown leader.


TCU - The secondary has issues that did seem to correct themselves in the fourth quarter, but they have holes. Quarterback Casey Pachall also showed everyone that he is going to be fine replacing Andy Dalton.


UNLV - Well, the offense did not look terrible in this game. Even though Wisconsin went to a more base defense after running out to a big lead it is still a good sign that the Rebel offense could move the ball fairly well.

Wyoming - They struggled against Weber State which is not a good thing, however the bright spot in the game was the game winning drive that freshman quarterback Brett Smth orchestrated in the fourth quarter. Plus, the running backs looked solid, but there is still no separation between the three. 

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