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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Week Two

Another week of what ifs for the Mountain West

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Week two is behind us, and the results had me scratching my head. The strongest team in the Mountain West looked even stronger than we suspected. A team that appeared to be on the downfall had a resurgent week, and a team that was supposed to be the class of the West division lost to a bad Power Five team. Here are the good, bad, and ugly moments of week two.

The Good:

Boise State

The Broncos absolutely embarrassed the Huskies on the Blue. Boise State set a school record with 818 yards of total offense on Saturday night, including more that 400 yards passing and rushing. That is as balanced as it gets. As good as the offense was, the defense may have been better holding the Huskies to less than 200 yards of offense. This is the same Connecticut team that had nearly 500 yards of offense against UCF the week before.

Colorado State

After two games, I had given up on the Rams. I thought their season was over and they would be left at home come bowl season. The Rams responded with a great showing against Arkansas, winning the game 34-27 after falling behind 27-9 in the third quarter. Carta-Samuels threw for 389 yards, and Colorado State showed a ton of heart in their comeback.


In a week where teams from the West struggled, the Rebels did what they needed to do against UTEP. The Rebels are a force in the running game. They were impressive last week against USC and look ready to push Fresno State and SDSU in the West.

The Bad:

Fresno State

The Bulldogs entered a two week stretch where they had a chance to solidify themselves as a top 25 team. Instead, they wasted a solid defensive outing with a weak showing in the running game. The Bulldogs managed only 87 yards on the ground. They have a chance to redeem themselves against a bad UCLA team. This is a must win game for Fresno.

The Ugly:


The Wolf Pack was my preseason, sleeper pick. This showing has me rethinking that decision. They were destroyed by a team that has been the laughing stock of the SEC for years. Gangi struggled, and the running game only managed 34 yards. The Wolf Pack is going to have to find a way to have a more balanced attack on offense if they hope to go bowling this year.


This defense was supposed to be dominant, but they have looked pedestrian the past two weeks. Their fans will probably lay the blame on the awful offense, and that may be the case. The offense struggled once again, managing only 244 yards of total offense. The Wyoming defense gave up over 600 yards to the Tigers. Wyoming has a solid FCS opponent in Wofford on their schedule this week. They need to use this outing to get their offense going before heading into a bye week.

This is a huge week for the Mountain West. There are a ton of winnable games, and the conference needs a strong week. What were your good, bad, and ugly moments of week two?