Fresno State beat.Arizona State 31-20 in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what does it all mean?
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5. The Mountain West got the job done, and the Pac-12 didn’t
The Mountain West had a rough season.
It had too many mediocre to miserable teams, it didn’t do anything massive in non-conference play, and it took a back seat in the national Group of Five discussion to the American Athletic Conference.
But Utah State destroyed North Texas in the AutoNation Cure Bowl, and now the league’s champion took out a Power Five team in the biggest pre-Christmas bowl game.
If nothing else happens this bowl season for the Mountain West – Boise State plays Boston College in the SERVPRO First Responders, San Diego State gets Ohio in the DXL Frisco, and Hawaii hosts Louisiana Tech in the SoFi Hawaii – at least two of its big stars performed like they were supposed to.
The Pac-12 now needs something big.
Fresno State was supposed to win this, and it was one of the Pac-12’s also-rans against the Mountain West champ, but after going 1-8 in last year’s bowl season, the Pac-12 already has a loss.
After a rough season as the fifth of the Power Five conferences by a mile, this hurts.