A closer look at some of week 3's results and an analysis of whether a new NCAA rule is affecting certain Mountain West teams.
New NCAA cut block rule harming the triple option
The new rule has made blocking below the waist illegal more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. This rule may negatively impact teams that run the triple option, a scheme which involves low blocks to free runners up. Mountain West teams that run the triple option such as Air Force and New Mexico will have to adapt to the new rule.
UNM's strong defense leads to win against NM State
The Lobos recorded 5 interceptions, including 1 pick six, in their victory over the Aggies last week. Their 5 interceptions tied a team record while they set a record for interception return yards at 148. Their running backs also had a strong outing, racking up a combined 184 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Mountain West power rankings
In Chris’ MWC rankings, Boise State remains atop the power rankings despite their decisive loss to Oklahoma State. Wyoming dropped the farthest after nearly losing to FCS foe Wofford.
Vander Waal passes test with game-winning drive
Ideally, Wyoming wouldn't have needed a last minute touchdown to defeat an FCS opponent, but quarterback Tyler Vander Waal stepped up to deliver one on Saturday. The redshirt freshman hasn't always looked great in filling Josh Allen's shoes, but he has the team at 2-2 with losses only to Power 5 opponents. He'll be tested again after the bye week when Wyoming plays Boise State.
Mountain West players of the week
Congrats to this week's Hilton @MountainWest Football Players of the Week!— Mountain West (@MountainWest) September 17, 2018
Offensive: @MM2_Era, Sr. QB, @FresnoStateFB
Defensive: Marcus Hayes, Fr. S, @UNMLoboFB
Special Teams: @johnnycbaron, Sr. PK, @SDSUFootball#MWFB pic.twitter.com/06CI9m5Z1G
On the horizon:
- Later today: Our weekly MWC bowl projections will roll out
- Later today: Who will save the Mountain West? A look at which teams will help the conference earn some respect on the national scene.