Week seven of the college football season is behind us, and we made it through the week with only one cancellation (Boise State/UNLV). One team took care of business, but there are still quite a few scenarios that could play out. Will we get two West Division teams in the conference championship game? It’s possible. Or will the Broncos make their fourth consecutive conference championship game? We will have to wait and see. Let’s revisit the good, bad, and ugly moments of this past weekend.
San Jose State
The Spartans used an impressive first quarter performance and a dominant run game to propel themselves to a comfortable victory. Hawaii made a comeback in the second and third quarters, but long drives and success on third and fourth down ultimately carried the Spartans to victory. San Jose State can clinch a bid and home field (whatever that means) in the conference championship game with a victory over Nevada on Friday night.
The Falcons did what they needed to do. They went into Logan and beat a football team they should beat. Daniels was efficient through the air, and the return of Remsberg was critical. Air Force scheduled a game against Army on the 19th; this might make it difficult for them to make a bowl game because most of the Mountain West’s bowl tie-ins are around then.
San Diego State
This was a really ugly football game. Neither offense was very impressive. Thankfully for the Aztecs, their special teams came ready to play. San Diego State was able to use two special teams touchdowns to lead them to victory. But the same questions remain for the Aztecs: will they ever find a quarterback to complement their defense?
This was a really interesting game. It seemed like the defense kept the offense afloat when they were struggling in the third quarter, and the offense stepped it up when the defense was struggling. It was a solid performance from a Nevada team that had to win to stay alive. Carson Strong probably cemented himself as the offensive player of the year and has found a new deep threat in Tory Horton. Beat San Jose State and Nevada will likely be in the championship game.
The Lobos pulled off a miracle. Led by their fourth string quarterback and a stingy defense, New Mexico was able to force some timely turnovers. It was really cool to watch this team. It looked like they were having fun and wanted to win this game for each other. Way to go Lobos!
The Rainbow Warriors game plan focused on slowing down the passing attack of San Jose State. They were successful in doing so but completely disregarded the run game, and the Spartans completely torched them to take a quick 21-0. The Warriors outplayed San Jose State for the majority of the game, but it was too little, too late.
Special teams costs the Rams, yet again. You are going to have a hard time winning games when you give up multiple special teams scores. The Rams offense continued to struggle, managing only 260 total yards. They are making steps on the defensive side of the ball, but the offense has regressed.
Peasley might very well be the answer at quarterback, but the Aggies looked more like the team we were used to seeing this past season. After scoring the first points, they couldn’t do much of anything on the offensive side of the ball. This team has been depleted by transfers. Utah State will have to rely heavily on transfers next year. The next coach will have his hands full.
They had a shot. A win over Nevada could have made things really interesting for the Bulldogs and their shot at a Mountain West title spot, but it wasn’t meant to be. Jake Haener had a great performance, but Fresno struggled to execute in the red zone and couldn’t convert multiple fourth downs. I think this will be a dangerous squad next year; they are making steps in the right direction.
I made the mistake of staying up late and watching this game (it was ugly). I still can’t believe the Cowboys found a way to lose this game. Yes, the Cowboys were without some good players, but they had no business losing. Maybe they were saving some guys for the BSU game, but that doesn’t sound like something Craig Bohl would do. I expect a fired up Cowboy squad on Saturday; they won’t want to go out like that.
What were your good, bad, and ugly moments from the past week? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.