The MWC Week 6 Review

Brett RichinsSenior Analyst IOctober 12, 2009

Things  are becoming a little more predictable around the conference, but what a great weekend for some exciting games.  The battle for 3rd-5th is becoming quite the contest.  Let’s check it out.

Air Force 17 (3-3, 2-1) – #8 TCU 20

I feel like the guys on ESPN and the MTN really took away from the effort Air Force gave.  They kept saying that the game was not as close as the score indicated, but I think it was every bit as close.  Their main excuse was that TCU had 3 turnovers.  Well guess what?  Air Force caused those 3 turnovers and had a chance to win the game at the end.  To me that is a close game.

Props to the Cadets for their play on Saturday.  It was a much close game than I would have anticipated and hopefully our guys in Provo are breaking that one down to see how they were able to have success against the Frogs.

Air Force lost, but proved to be a solid team in the conference.  I am like Dietz more and more each week at the QB spot for the Falcons.  Unfortunately a 4 loss (1 more to BYU) AFA will not be in the Top 25, which hurts the conference.

#18 BYU 59 (5-1, 2-0) – UNLV 21

Great win!  We did everything right except for not allowing the big play.  We gave up two HUGE plays, or we would have absolutely dominated the game.

My highlights in the game:

1. Coach Anae’s playcalling!  He did an outstanding job of setting up the defense and using different plays to confuse the D.  It was a thing of beauty.  The first time I have really, REALLY been impressed by the Offesnsive calls.

2. Andrew George getting some love!  Great to George finally getting some passes and having the opportunity to make the great catches!

3. Thunder and Lighting x2 in the backfield.  We have two “Thunder” guys in Harvey and Manase and two “Lightning” guys with JJ and Bryan.  All 4 got touches and all 4 made the Defense pay when they got the ball.  What an impressive backfield!

Colorado State 17 (3-3, 0-2) - #24 Utah 24

CSU seems to be on an emotional roller coaster this year.  They have played well in big games and poorly against lesser competition.  At the start of the game it was all CSU and then slowly the turnovers allowed Utah back into the game.  Tough loss for the Rams.  They need to pull together right now and find out how they want to finish their season.  I get the feel from them that when they want to play they play well.  But they are not very disciplined right now.

New Mexico 13 (0-6, 0-2) - Wyoming 37

For the first time this year there was some figurative sun shining on the Lobos in Laramie as they battled the Pokes to a 13-17 halftime score.  Then that cold snowy tundra of Laramie snuck up on New Mexico and froze their offense in the 2nd half.

People in Albuquerque were cussing at Rocky Long on Saturday, no doubt.  The program continues to struggle without their fearless leader.

San Diego State (idle)

In one of their better performances on the season, SDSU had a bye this week and won an intra-squad scrimmage.

#8 TCU 20 (5-0, 1-0) – Air Force 17

TCU was able to overcome 3 turnovers and some chilly weather to preserve their perfect season.  The Frogs proved to be vulnerable against the Falcons, but that is usually the case in this game.

The TCU offense is powerful and explosive.  Jimmy Young (WR) had a break out game against AFA with 113 receiving yards.  Turner remains as the workhorse in the backfield and Kerley is ever dangerous at WR.

At #8 the Frogs are sitting right where BYU needs them to be for the game next week.

UNLV 21 (2-4, 0-2) – #18 BYU 59

Not a good day for the Rebels.  Clayton did not try and use his feet to keep the Cougar D off-balance and Wolfe was almost a non-factor in the game.  When your 2 biggest Offensive threats are neutralized, it makes for a long day.  They did get 2 big plays to put points on the board, but nothing consistent.

Defensively they were over matched from beginning to end.  Enough said.

#24 Utah 24 (4-1, 1-0) - Colorado State 17

With a nice win Saturday the Utes are back in the Top 25.  That bodes well for BYU and really the rest of the conference.  In a weaker year we need 3 teams in the Top 25.

The loss of Carne Asiata has proven to be a setback for the Utes.  Their offense still moved the ball, but not with the same consistency as when Asiata is in the game.  The other RBs are young and should develop more as the season progresses.

Wyoming 37 (4-2, 2-0) – New Mexico 13

The Pokes have a great 1-2 punch in Carta-Samuels and Alexander.  They are a duo to be respected, no doubt.  And they are young, which means good things for Wyoming in the future.  They got a win Saturday against what is proving to be a TERRIBLE New Mexico team.  But with only 2 losses (one of which was to #2 Texas) the Pokes are looking like a strong team this year.  Unfortunately, like AFA they will lose to TCU and BYU and end up with 4 losses on the year and be kept out of the Top 25.  But they have a great chance to make a bowl game by beating SDSU, CSU and or Utah.

Week 4 Rankings
1. TCU
2. BYU
3. Air Force
4. Wyoming
5. Utah
6. Colorado State
9. New Mexico

-Markell Staffieri


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