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Week 4: How to Watch, What to Look For, and Game Thread

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NCAA Football: Air Force at Florida Atlantic Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to another week of MWC games! There are only 6 Mountain West related games this week, with 7 teams playing. Air Force and Utah State face off in conference action, and the remaining five teams are on a bye. Here’s everything else you need to know for today:

How to Watch:

Saturday, September 22nd

Nevada vs. Toledo (10:00 AM MT) | Coverage: CBS Sports Network

Illinois State vs. Colorado State (1:00 PM MT) | Coverage:

UNLV vs Arkansas State (5:00 PM MT) | Coverage: ESPN 3

Air Force vs. Utah State (8:15 PM MT) | Coverage: ESPN 2

Eastern Michigan vs San Diego State (8:30 PM MT) | Coverage: CBS Sports Network

Duquesne vs. Hawaii (9:59 PM MT) | Coverage:

Game Previews:

What to Watch For:

  • Nevada: After their win against Oregon State, the Wolf Pack must keep their foot on the gas pedal against Toledo. They will need to avoid that emotional letdown and take care of a winnable game.
  • Colorado State: Some local media are calling this game a make or break one for the Ram’s 2018 season. A win over FCS Illinois State may give them momentum for the conference part of the schedule. This game should give the team a chance to work on some things and get their defense and special teams on track.
  • UNLV: Some are predicting this to be a tough matchup against an Arkansas State team that is regularly atop the conference standings the past few years. This is one the Rebels will want to win to get to that elusive 6-win mark and make a bowl game.
  • Air Force: The Falcons could sure use a conference win to get their season back on the track they want to be. The option will also help them steal a game or two. Why not this one?
  • Utah State: This is the Goldilocks type of game for the Aggies. Though they almost won, Michigan State was too big a challenge. New Mexico State and Tennessee State were too small. This one should be just right to show us what kind of team Utah State really is.
  • San Diego State: The Aztecs need to not overlook this matchup before heading in to their bye week. Will they be the team that barely got by against Sacramento State or the one who upset Arizona State? This game may not show what kind of team SDSU actually is, but will give us a hint.
  • Hawaii: Look for them to dominate this game. Similar to CSU above, they play an FCS team and coming off a loss, there is plenty to work on. If the game ends up not being close (something that has yet to happen for the Warriors), it could be a good game to develop some young players.

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