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Mountain West Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 8 of the Mountain West season.


Mountain West Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know

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Mountain West Week 8 Rankings

1. Boise State (7-0)
2. San Diego State (6-1)
3. Wyoming (5-2)
4. New Mexico (4-3)
5. Hawaii (4-4)
6. Air Force (4-3)
7. Colorado State (4-4)
8. Utah State (2-5)
9. UNLV (3-5)
10. San Jose State (2-6)
11. Nevada (2-6)
12. Fresno State (1-6)

Mountain West Week 8 Roundup

And that’s it for the Tim DeRuyter era at Fresno State. The season was going nowhere in a big hurry, struggling in the second half of the 38-20 loss to Utah State. Kent Myers threw for three touchdowns and ran for 66 yards as the Aggies finally got a conference win. … Boise State won, but it lost the overall war. The 28-27 victory over BYU kept the Broncos unbeaten, but they struggled way too much converting drives into points. Brett Rypien threw for 442 yards, and Jeremy McNichols was brilliant leading the team with 140 rushing yards and 109 on the ground, but they needed a late blocked field goal to overcome the five turnovers and overall sloppiness. They didn’t win any hearts and minds in the playoff hunt. … San Diego State didn’t need much from Donnel Pumphrey – he gained 135 yards – in the easy 42-3 win over San Jose State. The Spartans gained just 209 yards and only managed a second quarter field goal. … Air Force continues to plummet. The run defense showed up against Hawaii, but the secondary couldn’t come up with a key stop against Dru Brown and the passing game in the 34-27 double-overtime Rainbow Warrior win. Marcus Kemp took over for Hawaii, catching six passes for 151 yards and two scores. Nate Romine was a miserable 1-of-10 throwing the ball with a pick for the Falcons. … Colorado State finally found its running game, committing to it in the 42-24 win over UNLV. The Rams rolled for 230 yards and four scores on 50 carries, but Nick Stevens took over with a 21-of-28 day for 237 yards and two scores. UNLV can’t come up with the same game twice, getting down 35-0 before the O finally started to move. … ULM has one of the worst run defenses in college football, and New Mexico was more than happy to add to it with 476 yards on the ground in the 59-17 win. Tyrone Owens took off for 171 yards and a score on just nine carries. …. There’s the Brian Hill everyone’s been waiting for. He tore off 289 yards and three touchdowns in Wyoming’s 42-34 win over Nevada, while QB Josh Allen competed 8-of-12 passes for 135 yards and ran for 52 yards and two scores. The Wolf Pack running game still can’t get moving – they were outgained 401 yards to 132 on the ground – while Ty Gangi tried to get the passing game going with 300 yards and a score.

Mountain West Week 8 Bowl Projections

Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Boise State vs. Tennessee

Las Vegas Bowl
San Diego State vs. Stanford

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
BYU vs. Air Force

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. New Mexico

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Toledo vs. Wyoming

Hawai’i Bowl
Old Dominion vs. Hawaii

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Appalachian State vs. Colorado State