Mountain West Team Season Grades: Mountain
2019 Team Season Grades
ACC Atlantic | Coastal
AAC East | West | Big Ten East | West
Big 12 | C-USA East | West
Independents | MAC East | West
MW Mountain | West | Pac-12 North | South
SEC East | West | Sun Belt East | West
Mountain West Season Grade: B+
There were some total dud years – New Mexico and UNLV weren’t great – Fresno State was a disappointment, and Colorado State struggled. All four programs had coaching changes. Air Force, Boise State, Hawaii and San Diego State all finished with ten wins or more, Wyoming was solid, San Jose State was a nice surprise, and in all, seven teams finished with winning records.
Air Force Season Grade: A
It was a fantastic year with the only two losses coming on the road to great Navy and Boise State teams. Coming up with an early victory over Colorado, and winning eight straight to close things out – and with a great ten-point win over Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl – made it a special 11-win year.
Boise State Season Grade: A-
It was a successful disappointment. The Broncos beat Florida State, went unbeaten in Mountain West play, and won the conference championship. That’s it – that’s the bar. The program took back its league after losing it last year. However, the loss to BYU ended up being just enough to miss out on the Cotton Bowl, and the 38-7 loss to Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl was a total clunker.
Colorado State Season Grade: C-
The year never got going. The Rams stared 1-5 with the lone win coming against Western Illinois, but there was a moment when it looked like things were going to turn with a three-game winning streak. Losing three straight to close things out, and firing head coach Mike Bobo, requires a reboot with Steve Addazio coming in.
New Mexico Season Grade: D-
Ugh. The offense should’ve been fun and exciting, but injuries played a role in a dud of an attack that came up with just 267 points overall and nine straight losses to close out the year. The team wasn’t even competitive in most games, and the only two wins were in close battles to Sam Houston State and New Mexico State. Now it’ll be up to new head coach Danny Gonzalez to step in and figure it out.
Utah State Season Grade: C+
It seems like it should’ve been a better season after a huge 2018, but it went essentially how it was supposed to under new/former head man Gary Andersen. There weren’t any really awful losses in the regular season – the Aggies lost to all better teams – but there were decent wins over San Diego State and Wyoming along the way. Getting rolled by Kent State, though, in the Frisco Bowl wasn’t acceptable.
Wyoming Season Grade: B
Is it really possible to win without scoring? If the defense allows just 231 points on the year, then yeah. It might not have been scintillating, but the season was a success with a win over Missouri, and a 6-2 start before losing three of the last four regular season games. Rolling past Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl finished things off with a pop.