What Did We Learn In Week 3 Of Mountain West Play?
Not a great week for the Mountain West
So… what happened this week?
Yes, there were three games against top-10 teams, all loses, but the blowout losses are what really hurts. Oh, there also was that loss to an FCS team.
Idaho State 30, Nevada 28
No. 6 Washington 48, Fresno State 16
Oregon 49, Wyoming 13
Utah 44, San Jose 16
Overall, the league went 2-9 and one of those games was a conference game where Boise State beat New Mexico. San Diego State upsetting No. 19 Stanford salvaged a bad day by the conference.
San Diego State is in the drivers seat for a New Year’s Six bowl game
With all due respect to South Florida they are not the top Group of Five team, but that would belong to San Diego State who now has two wins over Pac-12 teams which includes a 20-17 victory over No. 19 Stanford. The Bulls did take care of Illinois at home on Friday night but the USF schedule is very weak which hurts their cause.
Air Force has a defense
Despite losing 10 starting defenders from last year’s team they look to have a good unit. Air Force caused Michigan a lot of trouble and allowed zero offensive touchdowns, despite the loss. The Falcons stopped the Wolverines in the red zone and held them to five field goals and held them to 5 of 14 on third downs.
Trouble in Nevada?
The Wolf Pack decided to burn the redshirt of Kaymen Cureton at quarterback and did go 19 for 33 for 205 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough. The three scores are nice and completing over 50 percent of his passes is good but the 205 is not great. The move to Cureton looks curious as head coach Jay Norvell has not allowed Alabama transfer David Cornwell to play this year.
Colorado State causes a minor scare to Alabama
Quarterback Nick Stevens played fairly well against this Alabama defense by completing a respectable 21 of 38 passes for 247 yards to go along with two touchdowns but also a pair of interceptions.
Are we sure Josh Allen is a top-flight NFL QB prospect
Another game against a Power 5 team led to another poor performance by alleged top-10 NFL Draft pick Josh Allen. Allen was only 9 of 24 for 64 yards and had a pick. Struggling against a team that has more talent but not even showing up is another thing. This pattern of not playing well against P5 teams has to be a concern for NFL scouts, of which 21 teams were on site for this debacle.