The MWC Week 3 Review

Brett RichinsSenior Analyst ISeptember 20, 2009

I came into the weekend confused and I came out of it not only confused, but bewildered.  As I sat down to watch the Utah v Oregon games yesterday I was torn on who to root for.  I really wanted the Ducks to take it to the Utes, but then I wanted the MWC to look good against the PAC 10, and I think I hate Oregon as much as I do Utah.  In the end, I once again realized that no part of me can ever root for the Utes…then BYU lost and my world was turned upside down.  I am still speechless and even had a nightmare about the dream last night.  Hopefully I can collect myself enough to put together a meaningful summary of this week’s MWC activity.

Air Force 37 (2-1, 1-0) – New Mexico (0-3, 0-1) 13

The Falcons flew into Albuquerque and ran away with a landslide victory over the Lobos.  They rushed for 298 yards, which once again proves that without Rocky Long the New Mexico defense is not as disciplined, nor aggressive.  The two best coaches against the AFA option have always been Rocky Long and Bronco Mendenhall, and Rocky left a void in New Mexico that apparently nobody can fill.  The Falcon defense was also abel to hold New Mexico to just 290 yards on the day of total offense.  The down side for them is that New Mexico RB, James Write broke runs of 43 and 84 yards, both for TDs.  The latter came late in the game and was most likely against the Falcon Bench.  While Air Force is still looking like a middle of the pack team, New Mexico is working hard to solidify a spot at the bottom of the conference.

#19 BYU 28 (2-1, 0-0) – #18 Florida State 54

Turnovers kill you, but our Defense did not tackle well and did not play with the energy and physicality that they have played with this year.  I was proud of our offense, as they showed that the only thing that can stop them is themselves.  Defensively we got pushed around up front a bit by a smaller team and when we hit the ball carrier in the backfield (which we did plenty of times) we did not bring him down on first contact, but simply slipped off and let him run for 5-10 more yards.  In the secondary they picked on our corners who seemed to be leaving some really big soft spots in our zones.  Too many times there were receivers 20 yards down field with nobody around them on 3rd and long.  The only thing that will get us into the BCS dance now is if Oklahoma, FSU and BYU don’t lose for the rest of the year.  Even then it would be tough.  Good news is that we only dropped to #18 and we still have time to climb our way back into the top 12.  Go Horned Frogs (they are a team I can root for and we need them to be highly ranked when they come to Provo).

Colorado State 35 (3-0, 0-0) – Nevada 20

For the first time in 15 years the Rams have started the season 3-0, thanks in most part to playing JV High School teams.  The Wolf Pack from Nevada further helped the cause this weekend by handing the Rams 5 extra possessions (2 INTs and 3 Fumbles) that lead to 28 of their 35 points.  Mosure continues to run well and Stucker is proving to be a tad more than serviceable at QB.  CSU added a little trickery to the game by having Dion Morton throw a double pass that went for a TD.  Even at 3-0 I am not a believer that the Rams are a contender for the throne.

New Mexico 13 (0-3, 0-1)- Air Force 37

(see above)

San Diego St 20 (2-1, 0-0) – Idaho 34

San Diego State is battling it out with New Mexico and Wyoming for the cellar dweller position and to be honest the race is neck and neck.  After getting back on track with a win over SUU the Aztecs fall to the Vandals and the confidence in the locker room in San Diego is shaky at best.  The words, “Great, here we go again…” come to mind.  Things won’t get any easier for the Boys in Black as they travel to Air Force this week and take on a confident and rolling Falcon squad.

#15 TCU 56 (2-0, 0-0) – Texas State 21

So they beat an FCS team.  At least they beat them by a lot, but they also gave up 21 points and they gave them up early in the game, which means it came against their starting D.  That aside TCU is still a great team and with Turner tearing people apart on Offense and Hughes throwing QBs to the ground on D, they should have an easy time beating people in conference.

UNLV 34 (2-1, 0-0) – Hawaii 33

UNLV was able to beat a very average Hawaii team it was really an exciting and back and forth game.  Like the week before UNLV was able to score late in the 4th quarter to take the lead, only this time they left 36 seconds and were able to hold on to the victory.  Clayton had a field day at QB throwing for 340 yards and 3 TDs.  He also threw 2 INTs.  Trotter, the UNLV RB continued to put in an average performance with 68 yds on the day.  UNLV is at least better than SDSU, WYO and UNM.

Utah 24 (2-1, 0-0) – Oregon 31

The streak is over.  Once again the Utes aren’t looking as good as they have been the past few years and I have to retract all the statements I have made of Cain being as good as Johnson.  Cain did not have a good day and flat out missed a lot of open WRs in this game.  He can run though, and that will give BYU fits in the Rivalry game.  Sylvester seems to be the only bright light on the Ute defense as the Ducks ran the Utes right out of town.

Wyoming 0 (1-2, 0-0) – Colorado 20

Well, we all know how good Colorado is, and so now we all know how good Wyoming is.  Things will be getting better in Laramie for at least one more year it seems.  It was a sloppy game with 18 penalties from the two teams combined and Wyoming just didn’t have much of an offense only mustering 230 yards of total offense.

Week 2 Rankings
1. BYU
2. TCU
3. Air Force
31. Utah
6. Colorado State
8. Wyoming
9. New Mexico

-Markell Staffieri


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