As one of my college friends used to say, happy freakin’ Friday! This will complete week one of what is considered the longest part of the off-season (post-NFL draft). Though news will be a bit more scarce, there are still some links to be had.
They made a news splash earlier in the week with their announced game against Alabama, where they will receive the 3rd largest payout of all-time. This announcement of extending the BYU series through 2022 is a more competitive matchup on paper and continues an in-state rivalry.
Here are the 10 games between the conferences over a span 5 days. The marquee matchup here is the rematch of Nevada and Loyola-Chicago.
The Aztecs have had one of the largest turnovers in the Mountain West Conference this offseason. There have been many comings and goings since the end of the season, but they have finalized their staff with the elevation of Demetrius Sumler. He was a GA and now will coach the cornerbacks.
These things means as much or as little as you want to make of them. The one thing that is probably the most telling is probably the amount of hype teams are getting. This is the USA Today post-spring pre-season poll. It lists Boise State at #14 (top Group of 5) and San Diego State at #20.