Everyone better be excited, because its championship week! Leading up to the big weekend we have news from around the conference, including a look at Tony Sanchez’s last game, Boise State’s QB situation and the new basketball AP poll.
Over the course of the 5 years that Tony Sanchez was at the helm of Rebels football there have been a lot of ups and downs. While his time with UNLV wasn’t always great his last hurrah sure was. Sanchez goes out on a high note, leading the Rebels to a second consecutive win over Nevada and ensuring the Rebels retained the Fremont Cannon. It was an emotional day for Sanchez that I’m sure he will never forget.
The latest AP poll is out and it still features only one MW team. Utah state falls 10 spots from number 15 all the way to the last spot at 25. Utah state suffered their first loss of the season and even though they lost on the road to a strong St. Mary’s team, still with out star big man Neemias Queta, they took a 10 spot tumble down the rankings. San Diego State, who many thought deserved a spot in the rankings, checks in with the 3rd most votes of teams outside the top 25. The Aztecs have had a strong start to the season with their last 2 wins over NCAA tournament hopefuls, Creighton and Iowa, by a combined 41 points.
HC Bryan Harsin has declared Jaylon Henderson Boise State’s starter against Hawaii this weekend and have moved him to the top of the team’s depth chart. Harsin says the senior has played well and has proven he can lead this team. Hank Bachmeier and Chase Cord will be available to play but Henderson gets the start under center. Boise State still has a shot at a NY6 bowl.
MW enters postseason play tied for 1st in non-conference P5 wins
Final records vs. Power 5 non-conference opponents/Notre Dame:— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 2, 2019
Mountain West 9-10
Notre Dame 7-2
Big 12 6-4
Big Ten 4-5
Sun Belt 4-8
*Doesn't include UNC-Wake contest
Players of the week
Our Offensive Player of the Week goes to— Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 2, 2019
Led UNLV to a 33-30 OT victory
Completed 16-of-22 passes for 229 yards + tied a career-high with 3 TD
In OT, was a perfect 3-for-3, including a 19-yard TD pass for the win#BEaREBEL pic.twitter.com/yHxEM4hF5s
Our Defensive Player of the Week goes to— Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 2, 2019
Helped lead Air Force to a victory, earning a 10-win season for the first time since 2014
Recorded a team high 10 tackles, including 0.5 TFL, and a career high 2 Int#LetsFly pic.twitter.com/bq6KNn4I6f
Our @MW_MBB Player of the Week goes to— Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 2, 2019
(@malachi_flynn3) of @Aztec_MBB
◼️ Helped SDSU for a perfect 3-0 mark on the week
◼️ Named the 2019 Las Vegas Invitational MVP
◼️ SDSU's leading scorer in both games in the Las Vegas Invitational#GoAztecs pic.twitter.com/q2QQuu54cM
On the horizon:
- Later Today: Mountain West Conference Suspends Group of Officials
- Later Today: Mountain West Championship: Hawaii vs. Boise State - Three things to look for, Predictions
- Later Today: MWC Week Fourteen Outcomes & Game of the Week
- Later Today: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Week 14
- Later Today: Mountain West Connection 2019 Postseason Awards.
- Coming Wednesday: MWC Coaching Carousel Tracker 2019-2020
- Coming Wednesday: Bowl Projections: Championship Week