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Mountaintop View 9-28-2018

Hawaii flying high, a QB competition, Boise’s defensive resurgence, UNM’s new look offense, and a confident Wyoming squad

Fall is in full swing and so is college football! The weekend is near, so let’s get you caught up on all of the news from around the Mountain West Conference!

San Jose State football: Here comes Hawaii … how do Spartans cope with that?

The Spartans are 0-3 so far this season, and things don’t get any easier for them this week. The Rainbow Warriors from the islands are coming to town and bring their 23rd racked offense with them. Hawaii has been averaging 500 yards and 41.6 points per game so far this season. One of the surprise teams this season, Hawaii looks to keep the ball rolling against SJSU. Hawaii is favored by 13.5 points in their game Saturday.

CSU football opens up quarterback competition midway through 1-4 season

There’s a new quarterback competition brewing in college football. This time it is taking place at the Colorado State University. The two quarterbacks in question are graduate transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels and redshirt sophomore Collin Hill. The two are currently battling over the position over the team’s bye week. The pair have been trading reps with the first team offense. Sitting at 1-4 so far this season, coach Mike Bobo was quoted as saying “It’s been a competition this week at every position.” The Rams next game is against SJSU on October 6th.

Moa still makes a difference for Boise State football: ‘Everybody’s play is elevated’

Broncos senior defensive tackle David Moa is finally suiting up and playing for the first time this season. Moa has been dealing with a nagging calf injury that have kept him on the sidelines so far this season. But he is finally feeling closer to 100% and becoming a regular on the field. The presence of David on the field as elevated the play of all of his teammates as well. His defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a was quoted as saying “He brings that presence of confidence to the group — all of the sudden, everybody’s play is elevated. It was good to see 55 run out there, and we’re hoping it continues that way.” Moa and Boise State are slated to take on Wyoming this Saturday at 5:00 MT.

New Mexico finds rhythm with revamped offense

UNM has been juggling quarterbacks so far this season. With star freshmen QB Tavaka Tuioti sidelined with a concussion for the past 6 quarters, the Lobos have had to lean on their running backs to carry the offense. But when Tuioti is back on the field, the Lobos will be able to take advantage of their new offensive attack. The triple option offense employed by the Lobos this season has yielded great results for them so far. For a squad that struggled to score last year, this new look offense has been a breath of fresh air for the Duke City.

Cowboys now believe they can beat Boise

Wyoming has had a recent trend against Boise State, losing. Prior to 2016, UW was 0-10 against the Broncos. Being outscored by them 386-109. But things began to change in 2016 with the arrival of Josh Allen and a timely safety by DT Chase Appleby that gave the Cowboys their first win against Boise, winning 30-28. This victory would spark the Cowboys, as they would go on to win the Mountain division in the MWC and participate in their first bowl game since 2011. The Cowboys now have a new sense of confidence and are no longer afraid of the Broncos.

On The Horizon

How to Watch, What to Look For, and Game Treads for Week 5, and Air Force vs Nevada: Keys to win for Airforce, and of course football!