Mountain West Team Season Grades: West
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
Fresno State Season Grade: D+
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but … yuck. The Bulldogs battled hard in losses to USC and Minnesota to start the season – losing the two by a combined five points – and they fought to get to 4-4 start, and then … again, yuck. Four straight losses to close out the year – all of them in good fights – soured the follow-up after winning the Mountain West title. Former Indiana and FSU offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer will take over for a retiring Jeff Tedford.
Hawaii Season Grade: A-
The Rainbow Warriors didn’t win the Mountain West title, and it lost head coach Nick Rolovich to Washington State. Other than that, everything was fantastic. They beat Arizona and Oregon State to start, dropped BYU in a thrilling Hawaii Bowl to finish, and got to the MW Championship along the way. It was a whole lot of fun.
Nevada Season Grade: C+
It went about how it was supposed to go, but in a twisted sort of way. When the Wolf Pack were good, they were awesome. When they were bad, they were a total disaster. Getting a gajillion turnovers against Purdue to start the season was fun, but they were obliterated in the first four losses before losing the Fremont Cannon against UNLV and dropping the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to Ohio.
San Diego State Season Grade: B
Every game wasn’t 20-17, but it seemed that way. It worked for an Aztec team that lost three games by a total of 13 points, but was able to use its style to roll by UCLA, BYU, and destroy Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl. Now it’ll be up to Brady Hoke to keep it all going.
San Jose State Season Grade: B
After going 1-11 in 2018, and with the season not looking like anything special just based on the schedule in the preseason, the Spartans blew that away with a stunning win over Arkansas for a 2-1 start. There was real hope to go bowling after going 4-4, but they just couldn’t get over the hump. Even so, this was a fantastic success in Brent Brennan’s third season.
UNLV Season Grade: D
Yeah, the team from Las Vegas teased everyone. It started out awful with a 1-4 start, and then it wiped out Vanderbilt by 24. It couldn’t beat any other FBS team in a 2-8 start, and then it ruined San Jose State’s bowl dream and dropped Nevada. Okay, new head coach Marcus Arroyo – you figure this out.