Spring football is behind us, and debates about the fall season are underway. But there is still plenty to talk about from the abbreviated 2020 season. This week, we are going to focus on the good, bad, and ugly surprises of the 2020 season.
San Jose State Defense
The biggest surprise of the year for me was easily the massive improvement of the Spartans on the defensive side of the ball. San Jose State had massive struggles against the run in 2019 and gave up a ton of points. Suddenly, they became more than competent on defense and did more than enough to supplement an electric offense.
It wasn’t perfect and it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but the kickoff times were a little bit better. We had a handful of games that were nationally televised in the afternoon, and I didn’t mind the Fox coverage of games. As their broadcasters get more familiar with the conference, it should only get better.
The Mountain West Championship game
The game never really felt right. Boise State looked unprepared and disinterested, and San Jose State looked like a team on a mission. It made for a disappointing football game and an underwhelming conclusion to the season.
Losing Sean Chambers in the opening game of the season was a massive blow, but it seemed like the Cowboy offense got worse as the season progressed. Some of that can be chalked up to the inconsistent schedule with COVID and some very conservative play calling on offense. Some fresh blood at offensive coordinator will be a breath of fresh air for Wyoming
Colorado State Special Teams
I have never seen a team struggle on special teams like the Rams did this past season. Sure, they were impacted by COVID more than any team in the conference, but the struggles they had were unexplainable.
Boise State’s COVID/Injury Issues
Two cancelled games, the entire defensive line decimated with injuries and COVID, down to the fourth string quarterback in their toughest game of the year. It is a miracle that Boise State had the success they did with all of the injuries they had to overcome. If there was a bright side to all of this madness, it looks like all of the young talent that was forced into action will help to improve the Broncos’ depth in 2021.
This was just the tip of the iceberg. What were some of your biggest surprises of the 2020 football season in the Mountain West? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.