College Football Week 10: A Mountain West Clash Between No. 5 Utah and No. 3 TCU

Dallas Davis@SpreadANDTotalCorrespondent INovember 2, 2010

LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs looks to hand the ball off during a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium October 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. TCU won 48-6.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Colorado State at SDSU

Ronnie Hillman has lead SDSU to a silent 6-2. He is doing things unseen in San Diego since Marshall Faulk. He came into the Wyoming game last Saturday sitting at No. 10 in the country in yards per game, but suffered a minor injury, only rushing for 44 yards last week.

Don't be too quick to rule San Diego State out. They played Missouri tough early in the season—losing on a long TD with seconds to go.

Perhaps most impressible, they did it on the road. SDSU also recently knocked off No. 25 Air Force in Qualcomm Stadium, their first win against a ranked opponent in 14 years.  Hillman carried for 203 yards and two scores.

This may be outlandish, but Utah has to come play SDSU in three weeks. If Ronnie Hillman and QB Ryan Lindell are healthy—this will be extremely tough for Utah.

The Utes struggled with Air Force last Saturday, winning by just four in the late minutes. The Aztecs face Colorado State at home, travel to a tough TCU and then host Utah to end the season. Things might get interesting for the ranked Mountain West teams.

Colorado State has had a tough plight this season.  Hillman and company expose the Rams.

Aztecs by 14.

TCU at Utah

In the battle of undefeated powers, No. 5 Utah will have to face Andy Dalton and No. 3 TCU in Utah. Both teams have had relatively easy schedules for a mid-level conference, and perhaps more intriguing; this game will assure that a top 10 team falls out of the discussion.

That excites the Alabama fans, and you can bet, ranked teams will be pulling for Utah.

Why Utah?


If Utah knocks TCU from No. 3, the BCS might select a one loss team to replace them, based on Utah's schedule.

Second, Utah faces a battered Notre Dame in a couple weeks. If Notre Dame has any chance, it's facing them after a battle with Texas Christian University. The game will be played at historic Notre Dame Stadium, and as Rudy once proved, anything can happen in "The house that Rockne built".

That would make things very exciting for the Ohio State's and the Oklahoma's of the nation; however, Notre Dame is not likely to pull off the upset after losing starting QB Dayne Crist for the remainder of the season.

Back to TCU at Utah: I think Dalton does what it takes to keep TCU in the top three, for now. Utah falls, possibly out of the top 15.

TCU wins a close one. Horned Frogs by seven.

Should be a great game, and expect a lot of big hits, as both teams are geared for history. Two teams ranked in the top five, and both in the Mountain West conference, haven't played each other in years.  In fact, the Mountain West is the only conference with two teams in the Top five, in the country.

Air Force at Army

Tim Jefferson and Asher Clark will bring the triple option, and the nation’s second-best rushing offense to West Point, to take on the Black Knights.

Air force is coming off a solid performance against Utah, and has been in the rankings for a week this season, before being upset by San Diego State.

Army has been playing exceptionally well. They've lost to Hawaii, Rutgers, and Temple, all who are fairly decent. Their highlight comes in form of outscoring a high tempo Duke offense.

West point is a unique place to play, so this will be battle of the armed forces: Ironically, Air force runs the option but so does Army—the Black Nights are No. 7 in the Country in rushing yards.


UNLV has played tough opponents this year. Wisconsin set the tone early, beating up the rebel defense.

BYU is young and inexperienced, but beat Washington on the road and San Diego State at home. There's is a lot of potential here for the Cougars.

BYU by 10

Wyoming at UNM

Well, university of New Mexico is winless.


Something has to give, and frankly, this is somewhat of a meaningless game.

UNM gets win its first win at home.


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