Mountain West Has the Feature Game of Week Eight

David HedlindAnalyst IIOctober 21, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen #84 of the BYU Cougars during play against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2008 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I can’t believe I am typing it, but we are at week eight.

Wednesday Oct. 21

Tulsa at UTEP - Sure Tulsa just lost to Boise State a week ago on national television but they are still undefeated in Conference USA. UTEP is more of a mystery having beat highly ranked Houston then losing to Memphis.


Thursday Oct. 22

Florida State at North Carolina - If anyone would have told me either one of these teams would open conference play at 0-2 I would have said they were crazy. Here we are now with both at 0-2 in the ACC.


Friday Oct. 23

Rutgers at Army - Knights vs. Knights on a Friday night. Army is sitting at 3-4 and looking for a long awaited bowl bid. Rutgers probably wont help that cause.


Saturday Oct. 24

Minnesota at Ohio State - Ohio State coming off the upset loss to Purdue only to return home to play a middle tier Minnesota that could very likely steal one in the post upset hangover.

South Florida at Pitt - A week ago South Florida was ranked before losing to Cincinnati. Pitt pretty much took their place after beating Rutgers.

Connecticut at West Virginia - How Connecticut will be ready to play is something that will be hard to understand. They will go forward and play to try to return to normalcy. They will honor Jasper Howard before the game. They will play to honor Jasper Howard the football player, friend, brother and man because that is what he would want of his teammates and friends.

Ball State at Eastern Michigan - Everyone knows the undefeated teams but how about the reverse? Neither of these has a win so after this week we will have one less defeated team.

Oklahoma at Kansas - Landry Jones filled in nicely for Bradford the first time he was out winning three of four only losing to a ranked Miami. The bad news is this weeks opponent is Kansas and they are ranked.

Clemson at Miami - As convoluted as the ACC is I know this one will matter I am just not exactly sure how.

Penn State at Michigan - Not sure just yet, but I think this one is still bigger in names than anything this year.

Boston College at Notre Dame - Every knows the streak for USC against Notre Dame. The other rivalry is about the same as Boston College has won the last six meetings.

Oregon at Washington - The only love you will find in this rivalry is the fact that both fan bases love to hate the others. Both schools generally feel a greater rivalry to each other rather than their in state rivals. Washington leads the overall series. Oregon owns the recent having won the last five in a row.

Air Force at Utah - When it comes to the Mountain West, it is usually all about BYU, Utah and TCU. The next team down in most years, and sometimes breaks up that top three, is Air Force.

Idaho at Nevada - Believe it or not the top of the WAC standings reads as

Idaho 3-0 6-1

Nevada 2-0 3-3

Boise 1-0 6-0

So when it comes to conference play we have the top two teams in terms of standings, playing each other and it doesn’t involve Boise State.

Iowa at Michigan State - The Hawkeyes have made quite a name for themselves going 7-0. While Michigan State hasn’t quite been at the same level, their 4-2 record isn’t too bad.

TCU at BYU - The only game this week featuring two teams from inside the top 20. The winner takes a step toward a BCS bowl.

Auburn at LSU - For a while there it seemed as though Auburn was going to challenge in the West. They have lost two in a row but could shake things up if they pull the upset here.

Oregon State at USC - The home team has now won the last three games. Oregon States wins were by two and by six. USC won at home in between by 21.

Boise State at Hawaii - Boise State doesn’t really play the same on the road. This is one heck of a trip too. The last time they played on the islands, Boise State lost. That is the only conference loss in about three years.