2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
The Mountain West’s weird weekend.
The Mountain West is the anti-American Athletic Conference.
While the AAC is busy cranking up insane shootouts with a bazillion passing yards and tons of fun, the Mountain West has turned into the meat loaf of conferences. It’s not that bad, but you’re less than enthused if that’s what’s on your plate.
San Diego State just doesn’t seem to like to score, and that finally proved to be an issue in a 17-13 loss to a weird Nevada team. That now leaves the door open to one of the league’s two super-fun teams – Hawaii – to potentially take over the West after a wild 42-40 win over the other super-fun team, San Jose State.
The Rainbow Warriors close out at UNLV and at home against San Diego State. Win those two, and they’re almost certainly in the Mountain West Championship.
Meanwhile, Wyoming – another Mountain West team that doesn’t believe in scoring points – gave Boise State all it could handle. The Broncos won 20-17 in overtime.
Fresno State – which almost beat USC and Minnesota early on, but didn’t – has gone from being a killer under Jeff Tedford over the last two years, to likely out of a bowl game after losing at home to Utah State.
But before all of that, everything took a backseat to the tragic death of defensive lineman Nahje Flowers last week. This Lobos and Air Force rescheduled their game for later this month.
And in the end, Boise State is 8-1, has New Mexico, at Utah State, and at Colorado State to go, and will likely win the Mountain West title to finish 12-1. If that happens, the Broncos will probably go to the Cotton Bowl as the top American Athletic Conference teams keep knocking each other off.