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BSU news, Aggie opt-out, Spartans prevail, Broncos top Cowboys, Lobos streaking, championship, rankings.

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It’s Monday and we are back at it following the weekend with another slew of football games. Check out our links below and our original content coming this week.

Thoughts on the Boise State news

Even though it’s not really groundbreaking news that the Broncos, or any of the 12 MWC teams would jump at the chance to pursue a better option if one came about, it is interesting to think about. Matt Brown writes here they should pursue independence (I disagree). He cites their strong national brand and guesses it could look similar to the arrangement BYU has with ESPN and how their partnership aids financially, with scheduling, and bowl tie-ins.

Utah State opts out of the final game due to controversy.

2020 has been a wild year and this one was no different. The Aggie players decided to all opt-out of the Colorado State game due to comments made by the university president about interim head coach Frank Maile’s religious and cultural background. Maile has long been a popular assistant coach, forming strong bonds with his players.

Spartans beat Wolf Pack, stay undefeated, going to the ship.

In the defacto MWC championship play-in game, San Jose State prevailed. They remain undefeated and cashed their ticket to the championship against Boise State. Their magical season continues as they came from behind, pitching a shutout in the second half.

Boise State tops Wyoming.

It was a sloppy game at times. Mostly due to the constant snow and the occasional head-scratching call from the refs (on both sides). Boise State was able to find just enough on offense to keep the game out of reach for Wyoming, although they could have scored more. The most impressive thing was the complete shutdown of Wyoming’s running game. Granted, their QB and RB were clearly hampered by injuries, but the Cowboys were held under 100 yards rushing at home.

Lobos end season on a two-game win streak.

New Mexico probably doesn’t want the season to be over. They have had as much adversity as anyone this year. Getting a late start to camp, having their first game cancelled and having to relocate to Las Vegas for the year. However, they got better each week and beat pretty good teams in Wyoming and Fresno State. A few playmakers emerged on offense in Isaiah Chavez (5th string walk-on true freshman QB), Bobby Cole (junior RB and former walk-on), and Nate Jones (true freshman RB with a powerhouse HS). Their defense confused the Bulldogs and pressured them early and often.

MWC Championship is set.

Spartans in the rankings.

On the horizon:

  • From yesterday: Don’t miss the game recaps from Nevada, SJSU, Hawaii
  • Later today: MWCConnection POTW: Week 8
  • Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup, filled with the latest news and offers.
  • Later today: Power Rankings: Week 8
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Week 8
  • Coming Tuesday: Peak Perspective: For Boise State and the MWC, the marriage has seen better days.
  • Coming Wednesday: It’s Early Signing Day! Our Signing Day Tracker will be updated all day as MWC recruits officially sign.
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Recruiting Pipelines for each team.
  • Coming Wednesday: Bowl Predictions: Week 8