The battle between San Diego State football and the prospect of San Diego having a Major League Soccer team seemingly came to a conclusion when 55% of election day voters approved of the campus stadium expansion, whereas as only 30% approved of the soccer initiative. It’s a major victory for San Diego State football, who were starting to get a little worried about their future with the current stadium not being a viable option long term.
With so much focus on Fresno State and Utah State’s New Year’s 6 Bowl game pursuits in football, along with it being election night in the United States, it wouldn’t be difficult to miss the fact that it was also opening night for a lot of college basketball programs, including 7th-ranked Nevada. Nevada’s Jordan Caroline was questionable for the home matchup vs. Brigham Young, but he braved through the ankle injury and ended up dominating, recording a first half double-double. The Wolf Pack defeated the Cougars 86-70 in what will be a hype-filled 2018-2019 season for Nevada.
Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion is a semifinalist for the famed Davey O’Brien award. Utah State’s Jordan Love is also on the list. McMaryion’s Bulldogs rank 23rd in the College Football Poll after an 8-1 start to the season. The Bulldogs are at the forefront of the New Year’s 6 debate for Group of 5 programs, with many expecting a championship clash with Utah State out of the Mountain Division, who is not yet ranked by the College Football Playoff poll.
Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien has played very well this season by regular standards. He’s been hit a ton and generally doesn’t have good protection from his offensive line, but he’s played well anyway. This season clearly hasn’t gone as expected for Boise State. Rypien is likely to get pushed around on Friday when Fresno State comes to town. It’s unusual and unfair to feel like a quarterback on the verge of breaking the Mountain West’s all-time career passing yards record has something to prove, but these type of big games are exactly the ones in which Rypien hasn’t shined in the past. Can he change that Friday?
On the horizon:
Thursday: Check out the Boise State version of our Fresno State-Boise State preview