Welcome to another edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” The Mountain West had another mixed showing this week, and it appears that they will need some significant help to make a NY6 appearance. Here are the good, bad, and ugly moments of week three.
I hate putting too much stock into games against FCS opponents, but the Aggie offense looked electric. The Aggies put up over 600 yards of total offense in their 73-12 victory over Tennessee Tech. It looks like Utah State is the biggest threat to Boise State in the Mountain.
San Jose State
This is more of a participation trophy. Their offense was solid, and they didn’t get blown out. Way to go Spartans!
While they were out-gained by almost 200 yards, the Wolf Pack managed to beat a Power 5 foe. Nevada has the potential to be dynamic on offense, but special teams play and forced turnovers helped them win this game.
San Diego State
I hate the way this game ended, and I am sure many Aztecs will agree. An Arizona State receiver dropped a pass at the goal line after a San Diego State player was called for targeting. That’s not the way you want to win. However, the Aztecs defeated a ranked PAC 12 foe and did it with their backup quarterback. SDSU was able to shut down the run game of the Sun Devils while rushing for more than 300 yards themselves.
This was a great showing by the Bulldogs. They absolutely decimated a young, inexperienced UCLA team. The Bulldogs had a balanced attack through the air and on the ground. If Fresno State can continue to have that kind of balance, they should be the clear favorite in the West division.
The Cowboys squeaked out a 17-14 win against FCS opponent Wofford. The Cowboy offense continued to struggle, and it took an end of the game touchdown to come away with the victory. Wyoming’s offense has a lot to work on during the upcoming bye week if they hope to contend with the Broncos.
Boise State’s Special Teams and Offensive Line
The Broncos had two blocked punts that resulted in 14 points for Oklahoma State. How do you let two punts get blocked in one game? The Broncos also missed a 26 yard field goal after a botched snap. Special teams play has been a major issue through three games for the Broncos.
The offensive line was absolutely manhandled. The Broncos managed only 34 yards rushing on 31 carries. Brett Rypien was also sacked seven times and hit countless other times. Boise State’s offensive line could not keep up with the speed of the Cowboy defense.
What were your good, bad, and ugly moments of week three?