We had actual Mountain West football this weekend! Hawaii, Fresno State, and San Jose State were all in action. I would like to tell you that the games were exciting, but hey, at least we had football! Here are the good, bad, and ugly moments from this past weekend.
It is really hard to gauge the Bulldogs defense when they were playing a team that would be mediocre at the FCS level in UCONN. However, it looks like they might be making strides on the defensive side of the ball. Quarterback Jake Haener was able to overcome a slow start to finish with another 300 yard performance. If there was one area of concern for the Bulldogs it would be the vertical passing defense. UCONN was able to get some open receivers downfield but their quarterback could not hit them. If the Bulldogs can put together a respectable performance against Oregon this weekend, the conference will be on notice.
San Jose State
The defense showed a few chinks in the armor, but that is expected in the first game of the season. They looked sharper as the game progressed. The biggest concern for the Spartans heading into the season was their talent at receiver; I think they showed that they have some talent there and are absolutely loaded with some talented tight ends. The Spartans look like they are still a contender.
Week 0 Games
The NCAA is missing a golden opportunity with week zero. If they could schedule one or two elite games, they could really capitalize on it heading into Labor Day weekend. This also applies to the Mountain West. Do you remember the Hawaii-Colorado State game a few years ago? That was one of the best games of the season and had a great television slot.
The Rainbow Warriors had an excellent opportunity to generate some real buzz against a middle of the road Power Five team. But it was a complete failure. Hawaii did little to nothing to get their best weapon in Calvin Turner Jr. It is early and there is still plenty of time to turn things around, but Hawaii has a lot of work to do.
That’s it for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” What are some moments from this weekend that stood out to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.