It’s getting closer to the weekend, and that means more football games. It is championship weekend, and even though only two Mountain West teams are playing, there are a lot of great football games this weekend. Through it all, we have you covered. Take a look at today’s links, plus the content coming your way on our site.
A more flushed-out version of last week’s report. The Mountain West will get $14 million from OSU and WSU as part of the scheduling arrangement. Only 2024 is for sure, but 2025 and beyond is an option. Also, they are currently negotiating similar scheduling partnerships for men’s and women’s basketball, but nothing close to being finalized at this point.
We know which teams will be playing in bowl games, but what games will they be playing in? That is still to be determined, but things are getting clearer. Brett McMurphy expects there to be lots of trades this year, as you can tell by the Mountain West games. He has UNLV in the LA Bowl and SJSU in Hawaii. But then there is Air Force in the First Responder, Wyoming in the Camellia Bowl, and Boise State in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. Fresno State gets banished to the Arizona Bowl this year, and Utah State rounds things out in the Potato Bowl.
The 5 big awards went as expected, which is good. Ashton Jeanty and Mohamed Kamara take home the player of the year awards on either side of the ball, while Jose Pizano and Jayden Maiava are the STPOT and FOY, respectively. UNLV continued to clean up in the awards department with Barry Odom winning Coach of the Year.
Mountain West All-Conference Teams
Aztecs set to hire Lewis as new coach.
(or maybe they have by the time this goes live)
Sources: San Diego State has targeted Colorado OC Sean Lewis as the school's next coach, with a deal expected to come together soon. Lewis was a successful head coach at Kent State, where he led the school to its first-ever bowl win and had consistently high-end offenses.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 28, 2023
3 Mountain West are Award Finalists
On the horizon:
- Later today: Peak Perspective: The Mountain West/PAC partnership breakdown.
- Later today: Reacts Survey Championship Week
- Later today: 2023 Bowl Projections Week 13
- Coming Thursday: Game previews from Boise State and UNLV
- Coming Thursday: Stats Corner
- Coming Friday: MWCConnection Team Predictions
- Coming Friday: Championship Game Betting Guide
- Coming Saturday: Reacts Results