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Mountain West football Week 1 snap judgements

Here are over reactions and other stuff from the first week of MW play.

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2:34 a.m. MT: Wyoming tops Northern Illinois in triple-overtime and this was after a two-hour weather delay.

9.7: Yes, the Aggies played an FCS team in Weber State but they rushed for 428 yards, averaged 9.7 yards per carry and six touchdowns.


BUMPKING(S) OF THE WEEK: This are three this week for this spot and it goes to Hawaii, Colorado and San Jose State. The three lost by a combined 152-20 and overall were inept in there games.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: The Wyoming Cowboys take this honor as they provided the biggest upset in relative to their opponent by topping Northern Illinois, 40-34, behind a balanced effort of Brian Hill rushing for a modest 125 yards and scored twice. QB Josh Allen had a good showing 19 for 29 for 245 yards with a pair of passing touchdowns and Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt each had over 100 yards.

POSITION SPOTLIGHT: There were plenty of issues surrounding quarterback play in the Mountain West heading into the first week of the season. There were questions about who would start for Colorado State and it ended up being Nick Stevens — which was the obvious choice to everyone — who had a rough go against Colorado and now the team is reassessing the position.

UNLV named Johnny Stanton the starter and the expectations were that Kurt Palandech would see time but he did not. This was against Jackson State but Stanton was a solid 10 of 12 for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and all to Devonte Boyd.

Josh Allen was named the starter but this position for Wyoming has been hit or miss the past few years, and Allen had a solid showing against Northern Illinois going 19 of 29 for 245 yards and two scores.

San Diego State’s Christian Chapman is sort of new to this mix but what does he bring to the passing game? The Aztecs had very few issues against New Hampshire and Chapman completed 16 of 25 for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Playing Cal next week is the big test but Chapman looks like the passer that the Aztecs have to make their offense more balanced and thus more potent.