Check out the news you may have missed from the Mountain West.
UNLV lost its eighth straight game after losing to Air Force Thursday night, 81-58. Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies let the media now his thoughts on the team.
“Collectively, I thought they were all really bad tonight,” Menzies said. “I don’t throw them under the bus often, so I think I’m allowed every once in a while to say the collective effort was not there. I don’t think trying to find a silver lining in individual play sends the right message to them or to our fans.”
Fresno State beats SDSU and remains in the mix for a bye in the MW tournament
Mountain West standings through WED:— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) February 23, 2017
Utah State was 3-9 last year but had multiple losses by one score or less. USA TODAY thinks the answer is in coaching.
The answer to that question might hinge on how much faith one holds in Matt Wells, who oversaw three bowl trips in a row, including a 19-win stretch from 2013-14, before bottoming out a season ago. Wells’ track record, as well as the Aggies’ recent growth into an annual bowl contender, bodes well for a projected turnaround.
Nevada is the other team the national paper see’s back in a bowl game, and with a new head coach Jay Norvell.
.... Look for Nevada to make noise in a muddled Mountain West Conference West Division, where San Diego State remains the front-runner but as many as four or five teams have legitimate postseason aspirations.
The Cowboys were predicted to finish last in the Mountain Division but ended up going to the conference title game.
FBSchedules.com provides some context:
Wyoming is the only school on our list that managed to engineer a turnaround despite a spike in schedule strength. Its 23-slot jump marked the 16th biggest nationally and the highest in the Mountain West. Not only did the Cowboys improve, they came up a mere three-points short of capturing their first conference crown in 23 years.
There is ONE very good reason this game made the list, and it gives us an excuse to once again post this GIF.
Campus Insiders has the Rams WR as the 9th best returning player at his position.
Gallup started slowly in his debut out of junior college, but then finished about as hot as any wide receiver in the country. He had at least 100 receiving yards in each of the last five games, while catching three touchdown passes in the final two.
Gallup is poised to pick up where he left off, particularly with an impending quarterback battle likely to bring out the best in the entire passing game.