What an interesting College Football season so far. It is getting harder and harder to get a pulse on how good teams actually are. This was not a very good week for the MWC as teams went 4-4 against Non-Conference opponents, none of whom were from powerhouse conferences. This was a week where the MWC should easily have been 8-0 or 7-1 at worst (because Navy really is a good team). Let’s break it down…
Air Force 13 (3-2, 2-0) – Navy 16 – OT
I don’t know if anyone else got to watch this game but man was it a good one as far as excitement. It is always fun to watch the two option teams battle it out to see who can be the most disciplined for the longest. After two early TDs (one for each team) the game turned into a FG shootout as both defenses stiffened. What is so crazy about this game is that these teams both came into the day averaging over 300 rush yards/game. Yesterday neither team had more than 250 yards of TOTAL OFFENSE.
OK, now for the bad news. AFA kicker Soderberg missed a 31 yard FG in OT to lose the game. To put that in perspective an extra point is a 20 yard FG. This was a chip shot that should never be missed.
#20 BYU 35 (4-1, 1-0) – Utah State 17
This was a good win over a much improved Utah State team. This was not supposed to be a 42-0 blowout and it played out pretty close to what I would have expected. I hope nobody is worried that the score was not more lopsided. Bad news, we are turning the ball over WAY TOO MUCH!! Good news, our Defense got back to playing more physical. I love having Andrew Rich and Scott Johnson back there together.
For those of you who have been calling for Buckner all year, you got your wish. Now I want to know what you think. So you better comment, good or bad.
Colorado State 29 (3-2, 0-1) - Idaho 31
Just when I was really thinking that Trey was right about CSU, they go and lose to Idaho, who improved to 2-0 against the MWC this year. The worst thing about this game was that CSU had the lead at 20-7 and then Idaho’s QB just started picking the CSU defense apart en route to 333 pass yards on the day. After CSU’s last TD they went for 2 to tie the game and came up short. CSU got the ball back with a chance to win (only needing a FG) but Stucker threw a pick with about 1:00 left to seal the Rams’ fate.
New Mexico 28 (0-5, 0-1) - Texas Tech 48
Good News for the Lobos: They put up 431 yards of Total Offense. They caused 5 turnovers. They were only down 14-7 at half.
Bad News for the Lobos: They gave up 487 yards of Total Offense. They gave up 2 Turnovers and they were down 48-28 at the end of the game.
Turnovers by TT kept New Mexico in the game, but the game was never really close and UNM is another step closer to going 0-12. What is most intriguing about this new UNM program is that in only ONE SEASON they have become the worst team in the conference. SDSU and Wyoming declined slowly…but the Lobos have just tanked all at once.
San Diego State 34 (2-3, 0-1) - New Mexico State 17
Would you take a look at that. SDSU got their biggest win of the last two years beating a New Mexico State team that is at least respectable. I mean they have beaten Prairie View A&M and New Mexico. Good win for the Aztecs. Hopefully they will put a couple of those together in a row and climb out of the cellar. What really catapulted the Aztecs this week was the 4 turnovers they caused. We, as BYU fans, know just how devastating turnovers can be for a team.
#11 TCU 39 (4-0, 0-0) – SMU 14
TCU continues to be un-beaten and will probably move up another notch in the polls this week. The interesting story here is that on College Game Day on ESPN they were doing a big segment on Boise being ranked #5 so early in the season and how they will not play another team this year who is ranked in the top 50 and most of their games will be against teams ranked outside the top 100. So who then did the ESPN guys would have the best shot at a BCS game? Nope it was not TCU…they said, if BYU runs the table it would be us. Now that would mean TCU ends with 1 loss just like us, but which is a worse loss? FSU or BYU? Unfortunately I think it is far worse to lose to FSU.
UNLV 28 (2-3, 0-1) – Nevada 68
UNLV digressed for the second week in a row getting absolutely romped by their instate rivals. That’s the obvious thing. But let me ask you this question. If I told to the final score was 68-28 and that Nevada had 773 yards of total offense would you believe that this game was TIED 28-28 up until the Wolfpack scored with :50 left in the 3rd quarter?
Once again, TURNOVERS kept UNLV in the game as the caused 4, but when a team puts up 773 yards on your defense, there is no good news on the day.
Utah 30 (3-1, 0-0) (Bye)
Wyoming 30 (3-2, 1-0) – Florida Atlantic 28
This was a good win for the Pokes. FAU is now 0-4 but they have a respectable football program. Two of their losses have come from Nebraska and South Carolina, so don’t let the record fool you. Besides that the game was in Ft. Lauderdale, FL so you know the Mountain Men had to be distracted by the sun, sea, and string bikinis on A1A.
Wyoming had almost 200 rushing yards on the day and Carta-Samuels was all but perfect from the QB position completing 29/38 for 223 yards.
Week 4 Rankings
3. Air Force
6. Colorado State
9. New Mexico