Week twelve has concluded, and there are still some questions that need answered. Fresno State secured their spot in the Mountain West championship game and will travel to the winner of the Utah State-Boise State game. Let’s revisit the good, bad, and ugly moments of week twelve.
The Mountain West in the Rankings
Three Mountain West teams were ranked this year, as Utah State, Boise State, and Fresno State were all ranked. Those three teams will have a close eye on the AAC championship game, as they will be hoping that Houston or Memphis can pull off a miracle.
After a disappointing showing in Boise, the Bulldogs responded with a victory over the Aztecs. It wasn’t pretty, but Fresno State was able to lean on an impressive showing from their defense and the pass catching ability of KeeSean Johnson. The Bulldogs will likely enter the championship game ranked and hoping that their fans will travel to frigid Logan or Boise.
Was it their best outing? No, but the Broncos did what they needed to do and left New Mexico with a convincing victory. The Broncos were noticeably limited in this game, as they were without half of their starting defense and three key contributors at wide receiver. The Broncos will hope to have some of those players back as they face the #14 Aggies on Saturday night.
The Cowboys pulled off an impressive comeback over Air Force on Saturday. In a season full of struggles, the Cowboys will face a struggling Lobos squad with a chance to become bowl eligible. Vander Waal had arguably his best performance of the season, and a Cowboys offense that had spent the season sputtering, managed to post 35 points.
The Warriors are finally bowl eligible and ended their losing streak. The Warriors can now accept their bid to the Hawaii bowl and look forward to facing an opponent from Conference USA. A quarterback change in the second half ignited a fire in the Warriors as Chevan Cordeiro completed four passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
It looked like the Rebels had righted their ship just in time for their rivalry game with Nevada. UNLV surrendered a commanding lead to Hawaii, and Tony Sanchez is back on the hot seat.
Similarly to the Rebels, the Falcons had a convincing lead late in the game. However, Air Force had more on the line, as they were seeking bowl eligibility, and came up short. The Falcons will be left hoping that there are not enough bowl eligible teams, and they might be able to sneak in with a 5-7 record.
The Aggies might have been looking ahead to Boise State. If it weren’t for two interceptions returned for touchdowns and a questionable call to end the game, the Aggies would be out of the rankings. Utah State should be confident heading into Boise, but they will need to play a cleaner game this Saturday.
The Lobos are done, and the same should be said for Bob Davie’s tenure as New Mexico’s head coach. The Lobos lost their identity when they abandoned the triple option, and their record is a reflection of this.
The Rams had every chance to win this game. They played with a ton of heart considering their record and the circumstances. Two interceptions and a questionable call doomed the Rams. Will Mike Bobo coach Colorado State in 2019?
What were your good, bad, and ugly moments from week twelve?