Monday MWC Review Week 12

Good morning again, Bronco fans! The season is nearing an end. Time to find out if the Broncos are worthy of being called Champions, or even worth having the chance to call themselves Champions. Only time will tell….let’s look at what happened in the only 4 MWC-related games this weekend…

Colorado St. @ New Mexico

Result: Rams 66-42

Recap: If you like offense, this contest was your kind of game. The Rams came into this game looking to secure a bowl bid for the first time since 2008. The Lobos are looking to spoil anything they can at this point. The Rams jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead as the Lobos struggled with CSU’s physicality. A 50-yard TD pass from Cole Gautsche closed the score to 14-7. After a Rams FG, the Lobos responded with a 100-yard kick return to make it 17-14 Rams. The scoring just continued for both teams as Kapri Bibbs just seemed unstoppable. The score was 31-21 Rams at half, and the two continued trading scores in the 3rd quarter, but the one constant was Bibbs. He could not be stopped. Then came the 4th quarter, and Bibbs poured it on the poor Lobos. 3 TDs in one-quarter!!! 6 for Bibbs on the day!! Kapri Bibbs just ran his way to a record day as the Rams won 66-42 in Albuquerque. Bibbs now has 1435 rushing yards and 25 TDs (!!!) on the season.

Next up for the Rams: @Utah State, November 23rd at 3:30 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Rams are bowl eligible, but realistically out of the MWC title race. So this game does not mean much in the big scheme of things, but that won’t stop the Rams from attempting to secure 2nd place in the Mountain Division. This is an important game, one that could decide the MWC title race if USU wins and Boise loses to San Diego State. I think the Aggies sneak this one out, but not by much. Aggies 31-30.

Next up for the Lobos: @Fresno State, November 23rd at 4 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. News of Cole Gautsche and Kasey Carrier being out for the season with concussion issues is not going to paint a pretty picture for the end of the season for New Mexico. @Fresno and @Boise lay ahead, and both could be straight-up massacres. I’m projecting Fresno wins 56-14 this week.

Wyoming @ Boise St.

Result: Broncos 48-7

Recap: Hey! For once the Broncos started well! No not really I’m kidding. Brett Smith opened the game by hitting Robert Herron in the end zone for a 19-yard TD, thanks to a fumble from Grant Hedrick. That’s about the end of positive things for Wyoming. One of Robert Prince’s best-called games in his tenure at Boise State. The Jay Ajayi and Matt Miller show dominated the national-televised game between the hapless Pokes and Boise State Broncos. The Broncos reeled off 48 unanswered point in route to a dominant 48-7 win. The defense finally showed up for the Broncos, holding Wyoming to their worst offensive output of the season at 265 total yards. Brett Smith seemed very frustrated all night, and Shaun Wick was kept in check all night. The Pokes had nothing for the Broncos. The Broncos even successfully made a 47-yard FG! Altogether, not much to report in this one. After the Smith-to-Herron TD, it was all Broncos all night.

Next up for the Cowboys: Hawaii, November 23rd at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Pokes continue to descend into madness as they host 0-10 Hawaii this week. Last week included firing their school president, who had only been around for 5 months! Hawaii is bad, real bad. But Wyoming will need to play with a solid work ethic to beat Hawaii, who to their credit does not just give up. I think Wyoming sneaks it outs, because Hawaii has a gift for screwing up. Pokes win 30-24.

Next up for the Broncos: @San Diego State, November 23rd at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The big week has arrived. The Broncos last real test standing between them and the coveted-rematch with Fresno. The Aztecs beat Boise State on The Blue in 2012, and seem to have figured how to rattle the Bronco offense. This will be Hedrick’s biggest test yet, no doubt about it. Adam Muema flat-out beat down the Broncos last year. He wanted it more. The Broncos will need a 110% effort from everyone to win this game. I will say the Broncos win, but not by much. This one will not be good for the heart. Broncos win 28-27.

San Diego St. @ Hawaii

Result: Aztecs 28-21 OT

Recap: It was Retro Rainbow Night on Oahu as Hawaii sported their old school look for the Aztecs. This game was not a high-scoring affair by any means. Hawaii’s bulldozing RB Joey Iosefa opened the game with a TD late in the 1st quarter. Then the anticipated Hawaii screw-ups began. San Diego State had the ball at the Hawaii 44-yard line, and Hawaii jumped off-side giving the Aztecs a free play. Colin Lockett (bad memories bad memories) was able to sneak behind the UH defense and catch a 56-yard TD to tie the game. However, only a minute later Hawaii responded with a 31-yard TD pass to TE Harold Moleni. Hawaii led at the half 14-7. SDSU came out and responded right away with a 30-yard TD run from Donnell Pumphrey (get familiar with that name, Bronco fans). The 4th quarter came and Iosefa scored again, giving UH a 21-14 lead. All UH needed to do was hold on! That of course, like everything else UH has done this season, failed. A late Aztec TD sent this one to OT, where Muema mowed down the Warrior defense for a TD, and then Schroeder got sacked on the ensuing series to put UH out of range of any chance to win. The Aztecs escape with a win.

Next up for the Aztecs: Boise State, November 23rd at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs return home to play the Broncos. Rocky Long’s inconsistent team has done one thing consistently this year: play-up to their competition. They baffled Fresno’s offense, stymied Oregon State. The Broncos will have their hands full. SDSU beat Boise with physicality last year. Will they do it again?

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Wyoming, November 23rd at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. Hawaii continues to have a solid balance of sucking and bad luck. That will not discontinue this weekend. This group is destined to run the table in the wrong direction.

San Jose St. @ Nevada

Result: Wolf Pack 38-16

Recap: The Spartans came into this game as the favorite over the struggling Wolf Pack, but the Pack struck first early on in front of a practically empty Mackay Stadium thanks to Kendall Brock’s 2-yard TD. Fales would close out the quarter with 10 points though, getting the Spartans back in business fast. The Spartans traded Wolf Pack TDs with FGs in the 2nd quarter to send this game into the locker rooms with the Pack ahead 21-16. Upset brewing? You bet. Cody Fajardo took command as the Wolf Pack on the 2nd half battle 17-0, going onto a surprising 38-16 win over the Spartans. Fales and co. were flat-out dominated by the Pack in this one. There is hope in Reno for the Brian Polian era!

Next up for the Spartans: Navy, November 22nd at 9:30 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans begin their season-ending two game home stand with Navy on Friday night. The Nevada loss signals a poor end to the Fales era, now needing an unlikely win to become bowl eligible. I think the tumble continues. Midshipmen win 34-31.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: BYU, November 30th at 3 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. The Wolf Pack take a break this week, and while a bowl game is now out of reach, they can look at their tangle with BYU in two weeks as a bowl game of sorts. It will be cold, and the Reno natives will have one of the best home matchups they have had in a while.

Fresno State Bulldogs: Bye

New Mexico, November 23rd at 4 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Dogs took the week off and sit in the BCS standings at #15. They should waltz passed New Mexico and San Jose State, and then need to beat Boise State again to make the BCS dream a reality.

UNLV Rebels, Air Force Falcons: Bye

November 21st at 9:30 PM ET at Falcons Stadium. Both the Rebels and Falcons had a bye this preview week, and now prepare to face each other on Thursday night in the cold on ESPNU. A win gives the Rebels bowl eligibility! I think they get it, but AFA makes it hard on them. Rebels 38-35.

Utah State Aggies: Bye

Colorado State, November 23rd at 3:30 PM ET at Romney Stadium. After another week off, the Aggies invite the red-hot Colorado State Rams to town. A lot on the line for the Aggies in what should be a must-watch game for MWC fans. Should be a good one.

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This crazy season continues for the Broncos! Be sure to catch the basketball teams game on Tuesday against Seattle while we wait for the Bronco football team to play again. Yet another 8:30 PM start time. Ugh…. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Monday MWC Review Week 10

Good morning Bronco fans, hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend. The holidays are in full-effect and that unfortunately means football season is coming to a close. But we still have some more Bronco football to look forward to in the coming weeks. It’s a bye week for the Broncos this week though, but he sure to go support the basketball team on Friday night!

Army @ Air Force 

Result: Falcons 42-28

Recap: The Falcons came into this game at 1-7 looking for some positives. Thankfully regardless of overall record, rivalry games are always great motivators, and that proved to be the case for the Falcons on Saturday. Army however got this game started with a TD a few minutes in, leading Falcon fans to think, “Oh boy, here we go again!”. But Anthony LaCoste responded with a 73-yard TD less than a minute later to get morale up. The two teams would trade scores until halftime where it was tied 21-21. But unlike the season-long Falcons trend of bad 2nd halves, the Falcons jumped out to a 35-21 lead in the 4th and cruised to a 42-28 win largely due to Anthony LaCoste’s absurd 263-yard rushing day.

Next up for the Falcons: @New Mexico, November 8th at 9 PM ET at University Stadium. The Falcons take the positives they gained from finally winning a game to Albuquerque where they tangle with the other Mountain Division doormat: New Mexico. This game will be on Friday night for everyone to see. I expect a close scoring-filled contest worth watching. I see Air Force prevailing again in a 38-35 win.

Hawaii @ Utah St.

Result: Aggies 47-10

Recap: I watched this entire game on CBS, and I’m not sure why. Hawaii continues to be a team that displays individual talent (I really like Freshman RB Diocemy Saint Juste), but they continue to be poorly coached. What can I really say? The Aggies dominated from beginning to end. Garretson is growing up fast, and he carved the Rainbow Warriors defense like a turkey. Sure, UH’s LAX debacle that delayed the teams arrival to Logan to 2 A.M. is unfortunate, but UH looked hapless in this game.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Navy, November 9th at 3:30 PM ET at Navy Memorial Stadium. The team will stay on the mainland and tour Washington, D.C. and all it has to give. Good, cause this team needs something positive. Hawaii fans are already advocating for UH to fire Norm Chow and hire UH-alum Dino Babers, whom is dominating at FCS #2 Eastern Illinois. Kenny Nuimatalolo’s Midshipmen beat his alma mater 41-20.

Next up for the Aggies: @UNLV, November 9th at 8 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Aggies are starting to look really good now that the shock of Keeton’s injury has subsided. They need to be perfect and hope Boise State slips up somewhere to play in the MWC championship game. But they will need to worry about themselves for now. This UNLV team is no joke. That said, I think they succeed in winning in Vegas 42-31.

San Jose St. @ UNLV

Result: Spartans 34-24

Recap: I admittedly did not see any of this game, and quite frankly the box score is hard to figure out. The Rebels played David Fales as well as anyone can, holding him to 150 passing yards and forcing 2 TDs, but the Rebels were down 24-3 at halftime! San Jose State RB Jarrod Lawson had a career day rushing for 187 yards, which the Spartans needed to close out this game. Caleb Herring led a 2nd-half comeback that brought the game within a one-score game at 31-24, but they were not able to complete the comeback. Tim Cornett was stymied by the Spartan defense of all teams.

Next up for the Spartans: San Diego State, November 9th at 10:30 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. Huge home game for the Spartans. Their West Division title hopes are still alive, but they must beat the Aztecs to keep them alive. I think the Aztecs avenge their 2012 loss at home to the Spartans. Aztecs 35-33.

Next up for the Rebels: Utah State, November 9th at 8 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels pursuit of a bowl game continues with a really tough game against the Utah State Aggies. I’d bet they gain bowl eligibility against Air Force in three weeks, but not against the Aggies. Frustrating week for Rebels fans (lol Dixie State).

New Mexico @ San Diego St.

Result: Aztecs 35-30

Recap: The script for this game was spot on early on thanks to a quick 14-0 lead for the Aztecs. Post-Fresno hangover averted! Or not. A resilient effort from the Lobos rushing attack, who saw many players get touches, closed the game to 21-17 at halftime. While the Lobos did keep things respectable in the 2nd half, they were never able to stop Adam Muema, who rushed for 233 yards and kept the game just out of reach from the Lobos. The final score was 35-30, somewhat a letdown for the Aztecs. You expect them to do better than a 5-point win over the Mountain Division’s worst team.

Next up for the Lobos: Air Force, November 8th at 8 PM ET at University Stadium. The Lobos are going through yet another tough season on the gridiron, but do not fear, the Air Force Falcons are here (and basketball, of course). I expect this Friday night clash to be a close one going down to the wire.

Next up for the Aztecs: @San Jose State, November 9th at 10:30 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Aztecs inconsistent ways continue, or should I say consistent? They continue to play well against good teams (Oregon State, Fresno State) but not well against weak competition (Eastern Illinois, New Mexico). They have a tough contest this weekend at San Jose State, attempting to avenge a tough loss from last season.

Boise St. @ Colorado St.

Result: Broncos 42-30

Recap: This narrative is getting old. Yet another team wanting to shock Boise State at home. Unlike Fresno, Utah State, BYU, etc., the Rams fans sure didn’t show up for this game. How they are going to fill that new stadium of their I do not know. This game couldn’t have started better for them though. After they marched down for 3, Hedrick’s fumble led to an additional 7 to give the Rams a quick 10-0 lead. Upset city? Not really. The Broncos defense, hampered by injuries, bent but didn’t break for most of the night. Hedrick put on a fantastic 6-TD performance, mostly through the air as the Broncos went into the 4th up 42-17. Same ole same ole for Boise vs. Colorado State? Not necessarily. The Broncos started to let up in classic BSU fashion in the 4th allowing Grayson to get the Rams back into the game, aided by an on-side kick recovered by the Rams, but their upset bid came up short. The Broncos win 42-30 despite giving up an inconceivably high amount of yards.

Next up for the Broncos: Wyoming, November 16th at TBD at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos get a desperately needed bye week. Outside of the obvious “done for the year” players, the Broncos should get most injured players back for the Wyoming game in two weeks. Here’s hoping this rest is enough for the Broncos to reload and be ready for the stretch run.

Next up for the Rams: Nevada, November 9th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. Rams head coach Jim McElwain did not seem happy about the Rams loss. Despite playing Boise better than its previous two attempts, the Rams were not content. They thought they would win that game. They must move on and prepare for Nevada, who is desperate for a win. I think the Rams win this ball game, but not by much. Rams 41-34.

Nevada @ Fresno St.

Result: Bulldogs 41-23

Recap: The Bulldogs came into the night sporting a blackout look with helmets that looked awfully familiar. But anyways, the Bulldogs had a bizarre night. Despite yet another explosion on offense that resulted in Josh Harper getting 253 receiving yards on 17 completions, it seemed like Fresno was having an off night on offense. Fajardo and the Wolf Pack, who were coming off a pathetic home loss to UNLV, stayed in this game late into the 4th quarter before the Dogs scored some garbage points. The Dogs won, but things seemed “off” for them in this one. A 24-7 lead at half gave the feeling the rout was on, but the Pack would not go away. They continued to chip away, but alas it was not enough.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: @Colorado State, November 9th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. At 3-6, this season seems all but lost for the Pack. They need to win out to go bowling for a 9th consecutive year, but need to get through Colorado State, San Jose State, and BYU to do it. Seems highly unlikely, in fact those dreams may likely be doused this upcoming weekend.

Next up for the Bulldogs: @Wyoming, November 9th at 10:15 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. Are the Dogs living on borrowed time? Some think they will inevitable lose somewhere along the way in their pursuit of a BCS bowl. Next up will be a crazy cold game in Laramie. I’m going with Bulldogs 42-28.

Wyoming Cowboys: Bye

Fresno State, November 9th at 10:15 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys got a much-needed rest this week, and celebrated this time off by burning Chris Tormey publicly. Okay, maybe not, but he did get “fired”. What happens in Laramie, stays in Laramie. Next up is the Fresno State Bulldogs, and the Pokes only hope is that a crazy blizzard shows up for that 8:15 PM MT start time. And what do you know, weather report suggests they just might get one….

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As I stated earlier, be sure to attend the basketball game on Friday if you can Broncos fans! These guys are going to be really good! Enjoy the bye week and keep the faith….this Broncos football team isn’t dead just yet. The teams primary goal is still attainable. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Monday MWC Review Week 9

Good morning Bronco fans, another week begins! Can you believe that when the Broncos play again it will be November already? Man these seasons go by way too quickly, even in a supposed “down year” for Boise State. Maybe some of you didn’t watch college football on Saturday after Friday night disappointment. Completely understandable, for more than one reason. Either way, read ahead to find out what happened in another crazy weekend in the MWC…

Boise St. @ BYU

Result: Cougars 37-20

Recap: The Broncos walked into LaVell Edwards Stadium with a target on their back. This was the THIRD very good team seeking revenge against Boise State that the Broncos had to travel to. This schedule is every bit as rough as it was hyped up to be. The Broncos started the game slow for the 78th time in 2013, and the Cougars built a big lead. The Broncos offense moved the ball well, ending the day with 499 total yards, but struggled in the red zone. Taysom Hill had a near-perfect night as the BYU offense mowed the hapless Bronco defense down. The Bronco corners took a beating. Again. Grant Hedrick and Jay Ajayi did a good job moving the ball down field, but an astounding 4 second half turnovers doomed any chances of a come back. The Broncos limped out of Provo with a 3rd loss on the season.

Next up for the Broncos: @Colorado State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Broncos have to go back on the road after a tough loss to play against surging Colorado State. The Broncos definitely have the talent edge, but this young team will be tested mentally by this Rams team. Morale is down right now for the Broncos, and its the complete opposite for the Rams. The Broncos will have to play well to win this game. Even Vegas thinks the Broncos will struggle, only being a 7-point favorite over a team the Broncos have registered at least 35 points by halftime against in its first two contests in the MWC against the Rams. I think the defense will struggle again, but Ajayi and Hedrick come up big on offense. I’m going and hoping for 41-28 Broncos.

Notre Dame @ Air Force

Result: Fighting Irish 45-10

Recap: Its been a rough season for the Falcons, and it unfortunately didn’t get any better on Saturday. The Falcons defense made Tommy Rees look like Peyton Manning out there with 5 passing TDs. The Fighting Irish thwarted the Falcons triple-option for the entire game, holding them to only 10 points at home. This game was never a competitive matchup. A snoozer for all non-Notre Dame fans.

Next up for the Falcons: Army, November 2nd at 12 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. As ugly as the Falcons 1-7 record looks, they still have another very important game ahead with the Army Black Knights. This is always an important matchup for the Falcons, and hopefully they pick up a win on the way. I think it will be close, but Calhoun’s boys pull it out. I am predicting a 31-28 win for the team in blue.

UNLV @ Nevada

Result: Rebels 27-22

Recap: The battle for the cannon is the only college football rivalry in the state of Nevada, and one that is not often watched thanks to the Wolf Pack dominating the series. That trend came to an end on Saturday. The Wolf Pack debuted their awesome chrome “Battle Born” helmets for the rivalry game, and Fajardo and Herring both went back and forth completing passes but struggling in the red zone. The Pack led 16-14 at half as Mackay Stadium began to get a little antsy. They are not used to close games at half with the Rebels. A scoreless 3rd quarter only added to things, and then the Rebels scored two TD in the 4th from Tim Cornett and Caleb Herring to go up 27-16. With only 5 minutes left, things looked ugly and finished ugly. Despite the effort from Fajardo to get back into the game, the Pack fell short and lost the cannon for the first time in years. Nevada beat writer Chris Murray labeled the loss a “Very, very dark moment” for Brian Polian and the Wolf Pack.

Next up for the Rebels: San Jose State, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. What is going on with Vegas? Isn’t there a rule that they should stick to basketball. Guess they figured if Boise starts making noise in their sport, they should do the same in ours. Only one win away from the bowl eligibility, the Rebels invite red-hot David Fales and Spartans to Sam Boyd Stadium. I expect a really entertaining game, but I think the Spartans will sneak this one out. Fales is the real deal. Spartans 41-38.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: @Fresno State, November 2nd at 10:30 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. Brian Polian’s debut season is turning into a disaster. The Wolf Pack’s record of 9-straight bowl appearances is being threatened, and the immensely talented Cody Fajardo’s abilities are being wasted. Things will only get more tense in the coming weeks, with what appears to be an impending beat down coming in Fresno. Fajardo is really good. There is good individual talent on this Nevada team, but I question their coaching right now. Bulldogs will throw for days. Derek Carr wins 56-24.

Wyoming @ San Jose St.

Result: Spartans 51-44

Recap: This was a wild and crazy game. Coming off a horrifically-embarrassing performance vs. rival Colorado State, the Cowboys started off fast jumping out to a 16-0 lead early capitalized by a 93-yard TD from Brett Smith to Robert Herron. The Pokes went into the half with a 23-14 lead and needed a solid 2nd half performance to wash away the pain from the previous week. David Fales was having none of it. A 37-point 2nd-half explosion from Fales gave his team 642 total yards (!!!) in a back-and-forth contest. Wyoming RB Tedder Easton plunged into the endzone with 5 minutes left in the game to tie things up at 44-44. Fales then put together and balanced drive brought most the clock down in the game. With 8 second left in the game, Fales scored in a QB-sneak to give the Spartans a big win for their MWC-title hopes.

Next up for the Cowboys: Fresno State, November 9th at 3 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The slide continues. Weeks ago Cowboys fans had their heads in the clouds. Now they are speculating as to who their next head coach will be. They will limp into the bye week and things will get worse when they play Fresno and Boise in consecutive weeks.

Next up for the Spartans: @UNLV, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. Sparta takes its title hopes to Vegas where they take on the Football Rebels! It should be a high-scoring affair between the two teams looking to play spoiler in the MWC going forward.

Fresno St. @ San Diego St.

Result: Bulldogs 35-28 OT

Recap: All week fans in the Twitterverse were saying that this game could be a potential trap game for the Bulldogs, and oh boy was it. Rocky Long dialed up pressure on defense like the Bulldogs had not seen all year. Derek Carr was hitting the turf a lot, and having to throw the ball away quite a bit. The score was tied 7-7 going into the half! I don’t know what it was, but the Aztecs threw off the Dogs in that half. After more struggles for both offenses, things settled down and the Dogs restored reality by leading by 2 TDs thanks to a very bizarre 78-fumble return by Ejiro Ederaine. So ball game, right? Not exactly. Some trickeration on offense led to an Aztec TD, and then a surprise on-side kick led to a suddenly tied ball-game! The disaster grew for the Dogs as the Aztecs entered FG range with a chance to end the Dogs BCS dreams. In a tense moment giving Broncos fans flashbacks from 2010, a hero emerged in Fresno State TE Marcel Jensen who leaped WAY off the ground to block what appeared to be a kick headed between the uprights. Season saved. Of course after that the Bulldogs went on to win in overtime 35-28. Disaster avoided, and the Bulldogs live on the edge but survive.

Next up for the Bulldogs: Nevada, November 2nd at 10:30 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs can breathe a sigh of relief as they return home to play Nevada, and appear to have no challengers to their MWC title. You can make a small argument for San Jose State, and maybe for Boise State, but it appears the Dogs will coast to a BCS-berth in December. I think, anyway. I’m sure of this: They’ll beat down Nevada.

Next up for the Aztecs: New Mexico, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs looked VERY good in this game and continue to be the MWC’s biggest enigma. If they play like that again, they’ll beat Boise State. But will that continue, or was that a bye-week aided performance against a rival that won’t be replicated? Only time will tell. They should handle New Mexico easily though. Aztecs win 45-21.

Colorado St. @ Hawaii

Result: Rams 35-28

Recap: Hawaii, despite coming off of a bye week, started off yet another game terribly. The Rams jumped out to a fast 14-0 lead thanks to a fat guy TD on a fumble recovery. The Rainbow Warriors defense had no answer for RB Kapri Bibbs as the Rams went into the locker room up 35-17. But, as is the tale of the 2013 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, they came back. They managed to SHUT OUT the Rams in the 2nd half despite looking like trash in the first. Sean Schroeder was hitting long ball after long ball and managed to get the Rainbow Warriors right back into the game. Unfortunately much like the Fresno game, time was against UH as Schroeder had to throw a hopeless hail mary at the end, leaving Hawaii wanting again. Rams survive by a score of 35-28.

Next up for the Rams: Boise State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Rams survived a scare from the now 0-7 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, and now stare at a matchup with Boise State in a potentially program-changing win for the Rams. There is a lot of momentum on and off the field in Ft. Collins. They can feel it. The Broncos will have to play well to avoid ending up being the victim of yet another team looking to make a statement against the Broncos.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Utah State, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Romney Stadium. Norm Chow and his team just can’t catch a break. Now they have to travel to the mainland back-to-back weeks to play Utah State and Navy. I do not anticipate this going well. Aggies are well rested, and will win this one big. 45-10 to the team in blue.

New Mexico Lobos: Bye

@San Diego State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Lobos were off this week, and boy did they need it with the injuries they had going into the bye week. Awaiting them this week is a trip to warm San Diego, and an Aztec team that will either come out pissed off or slumping after putting so much into the Fresno game. I expect the Aztecs to win big either way.

Utah State Aggies: Bye

Hawaii, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Aggies were the other MWC team on a bye this week, and they get to host the 0-7 Hawaii Warriors. Crazy how the roles have switched between these two teams. I can remember Colt Brennan and the Warriors shredding Utah State like they were an FCS program like it was yesterday. Things have changed, that’s for sure. I don’t think this one will be close. The football God’s have it in for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors this fall.

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Friday night was rough Bronco Nation, no question about it. 3 losses in a season is hardly a tragedy, but nonetheless this is an unfamiliar position for some fans. Keep your heads up, our MWC Championship hopes haven’t been put out yet. The calendar shows its going to be November by the end of the week. College football fans spend 8 months out of the year waiting for football season, so win or lose try to enjoy these weekends. We do have our Bronco basketball team waiting for us in the winter, but before you know it football season will be over and we’ll be looking ahead to a long off-season waiting for the 2014 season to begin in Atlanta. Keep supporting and enjoy…. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Monday MWC Review Week 8

Another crazy weekend has the polls going nuts! A little disappointing Boise has no part in the mayhem, but nonetheless the goal of a MWC Championship remains! Things happened to get a little weird in the MWC too this weekend. As usual, let’s take a look at what happened…

Colorado State @ Wyoming

Result: Rams 52-22

Recap: What. The. Hell. I am so sick of this Wyoming team. One week everyone puts them in the title race with Fresno, Boise, etc. and then they do this. Colorado State whipped these guys from beginning to end. Jay Ajayi was not the only RB to drop 200 on somebody! Bibbs dominated the Pokes all day. 4 yards a pop, minimum. Garrett Grayson was solid as well, but much like the Broncos only needed Hedrick to do so much, Grayson took a back seat and watched Bibbs mow the lawn. Not all blame goes to the Cowboys defense though, for once Brett Smith looked like garbage. His protection was bad and the WRs dropped many passes, but he wasn’t blameless by any stretch. The Rams led 24-7 at half, and poured it on in the 2nd half to a dominant win. The Bronze Boot goes back to Ft. Collins.

Next up for the Rams: @Hawaii, October 26th at 11:59 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. Interesting matchup. The week after a major rivalry game is always prime for upsets. Add into that fact that the Rams will take on a Hawaii team on Oahu that is eager for a win, and this game comes across as a prime trap game for the Rams. I like what I see from Colorado State, but I’m calling the upset here. Hawaii has been inches away from victory multiple times this season. Best 0-6 team ever. Well-rested after a bye week, the Rainbow Warriors break the ice. My prediction: Rainbow Warriors 38-35.

Next up for the Cowboys: @San Jose State, October 26th at 7 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Pokes limp into California, a state they historically struggle in. Things do not get any easier with a rested David Fales and Spartans team ready to continue its quiet pursuit of a MWC Championship game berth. I think the Pokes bounce back, but not enough to win. I’m looking for a Spartans 41-38 win.

Nevada @ Boise St.

Result: Broncos 34-17

Recap: What a game, huh? Mixed-emotions galore. Its funny, so many fans (including me) have criticized Joe Southwick for years, yet the moment he got hurt, the stadium went eerily silent. Losing him was a death-blow to the season. Sure seemed that way in the 1st half. The Wolf Pack ran the ball well with Kendall Brock leading the way, but despite a 17-7 lead at halftime, Nevada seemed to have left some points on the field. Whatever Coach Pete said in the locker room, it worked. Grant Hedrick and Jay Ajayi ran their way to a 27-point rally while the defense stepped up big time, as the team won the 2nd half 27-0, and the game itself 34-17.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: UNLV, October 26th at 6:05 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. Hard for Wolf Pack fans to not feel like they let that game get away. Broncos were wounded, but Nevada could not capitalize. Now they face rival UNLV, who will be motivated to finally knock off their in-state competitors. I think this will be an entertaining game filled with lots of points. Wolf Pack keep the cannon, but barely. My prediction: Nevada 45-38.

Next up for the Broncos: @BYU, October 25th at 8 PM ET at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Grant Hedrick did a fantastic job of filling in on a moments notice for Joe, but Friday nights test will be significantly harder for the newly-minted starting QB for the Broncos. I am admittedly very worried about this game. BYU appears to be really hitting their stride right now. Avoid #3 at all costs, run the other way Grant! For the sake of being positive, I’m predicting a 28-21 Broncos win.

Utah St. @ New Mexico

Result: Aggies 45-10

Recap: Well then. Apparently the sun did rise in Logan, Utah at some point this past week. Behind a dominant effort from RB Joey DeMartino, the Aggies walked into the locker room at half up 31-3! A Bruce Natson punt return pretty much eliminated any chance of a comeback for the Lobos, who had no answer at all for the Aggies. It didn’t help that Cole Gautsche was limited with a knee injury sustained in last weeks game against Wyoming. Garretson had a solid game, but like Garret Grayson and Grant Hedrick, he just enjoyed the view for the most part as his starting RB shredded the Lobo defense.

Next up for the Aggies: Hawaii, November 2nd at 4 PM ET at Romney Stadium. Bye week ahead for the Aggies, and a much-needed one at that. Its been a rough first half of the season, heightened by the loss of Chuckie Keeton of course. This team has its hopes up after an authoritative win in Albuquerque. They will await Hawaii in two weeks.

Next up for the Lobos: @San Diego State, November 2nd at 8 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. It would appear things do not get much easier for the Lobos. They do get some rest as they prepare for the Aztecs in two weeks.

UNLV @ Fresno St.

Result: Bulldogs 38-14

Recap: This game sucked from the start for UNLV. Carr hit Davante Adams for a 75-yard TD on the very first play from scrimmage. The Rebels managed to hit back a few times in the 2nd quarter, making this game a 28-14 contest going into the locker rooms, but the Bulldogs controlled this one for much of the night. UNLV doesn’t appear to be the pasty they’ve been for years, but they were no match for Carr and this team.

Next up for the Rebels: Nevada, October 26th at 6:05 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. Rivalry game for the Rebels! This game has been circled on the schedule for a while. One of the biggest hangups for Bobby Hauck has been his inability to knock off in-state rival Nevada. The Wolf Pack have their issues, but corralling Cody Fajardo will not be easy. As I stated earlier, I expect a fun game that the Wolf Pack ultimately win.

Next up for the Bulldogs: @San Diego State, October 26th at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The nightcap game for the mainland schools features what should be an interesting matchup. The Aztecs have been inconsistent this fall, but you can bet Rocky Long and his team are sick of hearing about how awesome rival Fresno is. This is also another big test for the Bulldogs, who are trying to eliminate their past stigma of choking. This is exactly the kind of game they would have dropped in the past. I think the stars are aligning for this group. It won’t be pretty, but the Bulldogs win 51-34.

Rainbow Warriors: Bye

Colorado State, October 26th at 11:59 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. After a week of rest and a bad taste in their mouths from that heartbreaking loss to the Rebels a week ago, Norm Chow’s Warriors invite a surging Colorado State team to Aloha Stadium. Should be a good battle of two teams desperate to end their losing ways.

San Jose State: Bye

Wyoming, October 26th at 7 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. Spartans had a week to rest and now invite the Wyoming Cowboys to town. Do they get a wild animal backed into a corner, or will Dave Christensen’s team pack it in again like it did last year? Either way, expect David Fales to have another impressive performance.

San Diego State: Bye

Fresno State, October 26th at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. Here com ethe Bulldogs. This rivalry game goes all the way up to state politics. No love lost between these two schools. Both teams will want to win this game badly. Should be a great game for the late night and hardcore college football fans.

Air Force: Bye

Notre Dame, October 26th at 5 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons return to the field after a bye week, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish await them. What an awesome home game, one that should have the stands packed even with a poor season. Hopefully the Falcons can be competitive, but I don’t see it. Golden Domers 38-13.

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Hope to see a lot of Blue & Orange in those stands in Provo. Grant Hedrick and this young team will need the support! Win or lose… #BleedBlue #GoBroncos

Tuesday MWC Review Week 7

An uncharacteristically busy Sunday led to this article being postponed until Tuesday, but here it is! A look at the weekend of MWC games, all for the most part good games. And the least watched game of them all was probably the most entertaining game. Let’s take a look at what went down…

San Diego St. @ Air Force

Result: Aztecs 27-20

Recap: The Falcons came into this game with Kale Roberts at QB, the 3rd-string QB on the depth chart. Hard times became even rougher when Roberts went down early, forcing 4th-string QB Nate Romine into action. The Falcons managed to fool SDSU late in the 2nd quarter and nailed a 71-yard TD to Sam Gagliano, giving the Falcons a surprise 20-6 lead at half. The Falcons defense has been one of the worst nationally through the first month of the college football season, but a resurgence came in this game! That said, SDSU has been all over the place this year. This game perfectly encapsulated their season. 1st-half was garbage, 2nd-half brought a major comeback led by the defense shutting out Air Force in the 2nd half. Donnel Pumphrey continues to be a name to remember as he led the Aztecs to a fortunate 27-20 win in Colorado Springs. The Aztecs continue to be an enigma in the MWC race, and the Falcons continue to have really bad luck.

Next up for the Aztecs: Fresno State, October 26th at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. What a great time to have a bye week. The Aztecs await rival Fresno in a very important MWC clash. So many have penciled Fresno into the MWC title game already. You can bet the Aztecs don’t appreciate that. Many fans have wondered if Fresno can run the table, or will slip up somewhere. This is the kind of game where we find out what the Dogs are made of. Trap game, it is.

Next up for the Falcons: Notre Dame, October 26th at 5 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. It appears things do not get any easier for the poor Falcons. Sitting at 1-6, this season is all but lost. But a big-named opponent comes to town after the much-needed bye week. Here’s to hoping the Falcons pull off an all-time shocker.

San Jose St. @ Colorado St.

Result: Spartans 34-27

Recap: This wasn’t a blockbuster matchup by any means, but Colorado State reeled off another back-and-forth entertaining game. Over 1000 yards was put up in this game, as David Fales and Garrett Grayson went back-and-forth leading their teams through the air. The Rams led 24-17 at half, but were not able to hold on and cash in on red-zone opportunities. Fales was dominant again and appears to be picking up steam. The Spartans are looking more and more like a dark horse to spoil Fresno’s perfect season.

Next up for the Spartans: Wyoming, October 26th at 7 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans get a bye week before playing the Wyoming Cowboys, yet another inconsistent, don’t know what to think of them MWC team. The Pokes historically do not play well in California, but still, this should be an entertaining game.

Next up for the Rams: @Wyoming, October 19th at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Border War/Bronze Boot game may be the most underrated rivalry in college football. Its over 100 years old! The Pokes have won 4-years straight in this rivalry and look to make it five. Wyoming has been inconsistent, and Colorado State has struggled to finish off opponents. Should be an interesting game.

New Mexico @ Wyoming

Result: Cowboys 38-31

Recap: Speaking of the Cowboys, they haven’t been flawless at home this fall despite an incredibly weak schedule. Coming off of an embarrassing blowout loss to Texas State two weeks ago, the Pokes looked to put UNM into a headlock. They did exactly that, cashing in on two Lobos fumbles that led to a quick 21-0 lead. The Cowboys went into the half up 21-3. So they coast on to victory, right? Not exactly. Bob Davie And QB Cole Gautschie engineered a comeback that had the game tied at 24-24 going into the 4th quarter. Fortunately for the Pokes, Brett Smith put on his cape and saved the day. Its hard to give the Pokes a ton of respect for this win. I watched the game in its entirety, and you really have to wonder where they would be without Smith. They were almost worse than New Mexico at home WITH him.

Next up for the Lobos: Utah State, October 19th at 9 PM ET at University Stadium. What was written off as a loss for the Lobos in the off-season now looks like an opportunity for a surprising win. The Aggies are tough, but freshman QB Garretson needs to grow up fast for them to beat a sneaky-good Lobos team on their home field.

Next up for the Pokes: Colorado State, October 19th at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. Border War! The Cowboys sit at 4-2 (2-0) going into this game, having played virtually nobody this season. They will need a convincing win in this game for their confidence going forward before they hit the back-loaded part of the schedule (@SJSU, Fresno, @Boise, Hawaii, @USU).

Boise St. @ Utah St.

Result: Broncos 34-23

Recap: What was meant to be the game of the season for the Mountain division was robbed of such a title when Chuckie Keeton got hurt last week. Man, did his team miss him on Saturday. The Joe Southwick-to-Shane Williams-Rhodes connection proved to be too much throughout the game for the USU defense, ho quite frankly looked surprised through much of the game as to what the Broncos were capable of offensively. Their front-seven didn’t look nearly as good as expected, as Jay Ajayi ran over 100 rushing yards. The Broncos offense sputtered late up 34-10, but this game was not as close as the score indicates. The Broncos dominated, especially on defense where the D-Line ravaged a very good Utat State offensive line. It wasn’t perfect football from the Broncos, but they did appear to be the superior team throughout the game.

Next up for the Broncos: Nevada, October 19th at 8 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. Rivalry week? Homecoming week. The Broncos return home with control of their destiny for the 2013 season. The Wolf Pack comes to town off of a bye week with a really good QB and a struggling team in the trenches. The Broncos-Wolf Pack duels have been solid during the Ault era. Will that continue now that he is gone? We’ll find out Saturday evening.

Next up for the Aggies: @New Mexico, October 19th at 9 PM ET at University Stadium. Life for the 2013 Aggies post-Chuckie didn’t start very well. Even more discouraging were the things not-QB related, like their O-Line and D-Line’s struggling vs. BSU. A very tough test is ahead in Albuquerque. Bob Davie’s team is sneaky-good.

Hawaii @ UNLV

Result: Rebels 39-37

Recap: Yeah, that crazy entertaining game I mentioned? It was this one. The miserable Hawaii Rainbow Warriors took on a 3-2 Rebels team coming off of a bye week. Hawaii started off well defensively stopping UNLV TWICE on 4th down conversion attempts. Sean Schroeder-Chris Gant connection gave UH a lead going into the half! At 17-13, Hawaii then completely imploded, giving up 23 unanswered points and going down 36-17. Hawaii was surely done, right? Nope. Hawaii reached into its Fresno 4th-quarter magic bag and pulled out yet another crazy comeback. With 1:44 left in the game, Schroeder threw up a prayer to Chris Gant, in which the safety and corner collided into each other and Gant went in for the score! Leading 37-36 after a mind-boggling comeback, UH then had to play defense. The Rebels managed to get passed mid-field, and Hawaii safety Charles Clay got beat deep for a long ball to the 10-yard line. UH was forgiven by the football gods as the play was overturned by the booth. UNLV QB Caleb Herring then threw a strike for a 1st-down to get into better field position. Nolan Kohorst then nailed a 43-yard FG to stab Hawaii in the heart in the final moments. A great game, but a brutal way to lose a football game.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: Colorado State, October 26th at 11:59 PM ET at Aloha Stadium. Hawaii limps into the bye week at 0-6, maybe the best 0-6 team I’ve ever seen. They simply cannot catch a break. Colorado State doesn’t have the best of history on the island, like pretty much everyone else, so Hawaii can break the ice come October 26th.

Next up for the Rebels: @Fresno State, October 19th at 10 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Rebels are 4-2 (2-0)!!!! Is a bowl game in sight for the basketball school? They have a chance believe it or not, but not this week. Fresno will light them up.

Fresno State: Bye

UNLV, October 19th at 10 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs rested up this week thanks to their first official bye week. Like I just noted, they will get UNLV, and pretty much nobody will want to watch this huge mismatch.

Nevada: Bye

@Boise State, October 19th at 8 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. For years it did not matter how great or good Boise State was, the Nevada game was always a grind. They always played us well during the Ault era, for the most part anyway. Ault is gone, and the Pack have a winning percentage of less than 35% all-time without Ault. Will the series become lop-sided, or will Saturday’s game turn into another must-watch?

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Its homecoming week! Be sure to soak up all the fun on Saturday! A MWC Championship berth is still in reach for this young team. Here’s hoping we make a run at winning out. Go Broncos!!! #BleedBlue

Monday MWC Review Week 6

The MWC only had a handful of games on Saturday, with 4 teams on byes and 3 teams playing on Friday. That said, the MWC Championship race might have been altered in an unfortunate way. Let’s take a look at what happened…

BYU @ Utah St.

Result: Cougars 31-14

Recap: The Cougars and Aggies have a long-standing history of playing each other, but only recently has the competitiveness of this rivalry taken off. The Aggies came into the night sporting the most experienced MWC team, and possibly the best. The game started off ugly with Chuckie Keeton throwing a pick-six to Kyle Van Noy. It was ugly, but credit Van Noy for seeing that pass coming. The Aggies responded with their own touchdown and it appeared we were headed for a classic Friday night game. Then it happened. Keeton came down very awkwardly on his left knee, and laid down on the ground writhing in pain. After seeing the replay, it was clear Keeton was done. Not just for the night, but for the season. The defense responded with a ton of energy after that, as did the crowd, but Craig Harrison and the offense were clearly not the same without Keeton. Taysom Hill still looked inaccurate as ever, but he managed to score a few times against the stout Aggies defense and the Cougars leave Logan with what some would consider a surprising win, but disappointing considering the circumstances.

Next up for the Aggies: Boise State, October 12th at 8 PM ET at Romney Stadium. Everyone’s calenders have been marked for months. Many fans and pundits tabbed this game as the determining factor for who represents the Mountain Division in the inaugural MWC Championship game on December 7th. That opportunity is still there for USU, but clearly their chances have been shaken by the loss of Keeton. This is still a very good team with the MWC’s best defense. They are only a 7-point underdog as of Sunday. But it will take a great effort from the Aggie defense to slow Joe Southwick and the Bronco offense enough to win. I think this game will still be close, but Keeton’s absence is the difference. I am predicting the Broncos to win 33-24.

Nevada @ San Diego St.

Result: Aztecs 51-44

Recap: While most Bronco fans were likely scouting out the Aggies on Friday, the Wolf Pack and Aztecs renewed their fresh rivalry that started with last years thriller in Reno. This game didn’t disappoint. The Aztecs controlled the game with a dominant rushing attack led by Adam Muema and Donnel Pumphrey, who both rushed for over 100 yards. The Aztecs had a commanding 44-23 lead going into the 4th quarter. Surely they would put away the Wolf Pack, right? Nope, the Aztecs channeled their Oregon State-game form and allowed a crazy comeback led by Cody Fajardo, who rallied 21 points in the 4th to send this game to overtime. Quinn Kaehler, the walk-on Jr. QB for the Aztecs scored on a 13-yard TD pass in the first half of OT to give the Aztecs a 51-44 lead, and Fajardo and the Pack offense fell short in the following half. The Aztecs continue to confuse MWC fans, but they managed to secure this win.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: @Boise State, October 19th at 8 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. The Wolf Pack limp into the bye week giving up tons of points on defense in the first month of the season. They will need the rest as their next opponent sends them back on the road to Boise, Idaho.

Next up for the Aztecs: @Air Force, October 10th at 9 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. So San Diego State played on a Friday night, but somehow still has a short week? A Thursday night game leads the Aztecs to Colorado Springs where they take on a demoralized Air Force teams dealing with issues on and off the field. This is a potential trap game for the Aztecs, and you know what? I’m calling it. This team has been as inconsistent as any other MWC team. My projected result: Falcons win 41-40. I apologize in advance for the jinx, Falcons fans.

Air Force @ Navy

Result: Midshipmen 28-10

Recap: Speaking of Air Force! The Falcons did have the privilege of travelling to Annapolis to play this game. The government shutdown almost led to the cancellation of this game, but they managed to make it work. Unfortunately, the Falcons issues continued on the east coast. The offense was stymied by a Midshipmen defense that knows their offense as good as the Falcons themselves do. The Midshipmen stretched out the lead in the 2nd half and cruised to a 28-10 win. The Falcons are having a really rough year.

Next up for the Falcons: San Diego State, October 10th at 9 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. Thursday night football! And no, this isn’t one of those terrible NFL games on Thursdays. As stated in previous paragraphs, I see an entertaining game occurring as the Falcons finally see positives arise from their perseverance. Maybe.

Fresno St. @ Idaho

Result: Bulldogs 61-14

Recap: Doom goes the dynamite. Both the Bulldogs and Vandals did as expected. Derek Carr and the Bulldog offense ravaged the Vandals defense, and the Vandals did Vandal things in the process, like trying to intentionally hurt Derek Carr with late hits. Literally, Paul Petrino instructed his players to commit such vile acts. Just when you think the Vandal image is a tad hyperbolas on the part of Broncos fans, this happens. I guess that’s why we don’t play them anymore. Fresno dominated from beginning to end, not much more to say beyond that. They played RBs I didn’t know they had.

Next up for the Bulldogs: UNLV, October 19th at 10 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs get a much-needed bye week this upcoming weekend, and then a tussle with UNLV at home. Its unlikely the Bulldogs will be challenged much before the MWC title game, but I guess we’ll see. For now, a breather for the Dogs.

New Mexico St. @ New Mexico

Result: Lobos 66-17

Recap: Holy eye-opening score line batman! The Lobos were not messing around this week. Cole Gautsche and Kasey Carrier ran all over the Aggies in the 1st half to a 42-14 lead, and coasted from there. This was never a contest. Hard to make any conclusions considering how bad-to-average the Lobos have looked up until this game, but a blowout win is what the doctor ordered for these guys.

Next up for the Lobos: @Wyoming, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The line has crawled up to 15.5 points in favor of the Cowboys. So despite the sudden out-burst, Vegas is expecting Wyoming to still whack the Lobos pretty good in Laramie. Wyoming is coming off of an awful loss to Texas State, who in turn got blown out themselves this weekend. Will the Lobos pull off the upset, or will Wyoming reestablish order after a rough bye week? I’m going with the latter. I predict the Pokes win 48-24.

San Jose St. @ Hawaii

Result: Spartans 37-27

Recap: This was one of the harder games to pick going into the weekend, and it proved to be a back-and-forth game. The Rainbow Warriors jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead and looked good doing it. Sean Schroeder appeared to be in a rhythm, but after that point the Rainbow Warriors struggled the rest of the way. The offense seemed like it was lacking effort from the offensive line, and the defense was all over the place. Outside of CB Ne’Quan Phillips, the Hawaii defense stunk it up. Fales was hitting WRs and TEs who were wide open, and even the MWC’s worst running game was effective! Odd for a Hawaii defense who had been pretty good up until now.

Next up for the Spartans: @Colorado State, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Spartans bounced back well from the trouncing Utah State gave them. Now we get a battle of the two MWC teams nobody can tell if they’re good, average, or bad. Both have had their good moments, and their bad ones. I expect one of the more entertaining games of the week to occur in Ft. Collins. My projected result: Rams 44-40.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @UNLV, October 12th at 8:05 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. This Norm Chow era is starting to look like the dreaded Fred Von Appen era from 1996-1998 for Hawaii. Vegas has proved to be a tough place for UH to get results. In 2011 they went to Vegas as a 20-point favorite and lost by 20! I expect another Rebels win. UNLV 41, Hawaii 20.

Boise State: Bye

@Utah State, October 12th at 8:00 PM ET at Romney Stadium. After a bye week that allowed the injury-ridden Broncos to heal up, they travel to Logan for a huge game with Championship implications, even if the hype surrounding the game isn’t the same. Expect a ton of orange to be in that crowd on Saturday.

Colorado State: Bye

San Jose State, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Rams are coming off a win against UTEP and a week off. Expect a thriller between these two high-scoring teams who cannot play defense to save their lives.

UNLV: Bye

Hawaii, October 12th at 8:05 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels stomped on New Mexico going into the bye week and now host a Hawaii team who has little hope going forward. The Rebels have had UH’s number at home this passed decade, and I don’t think that will end this weekend.

Wyoming: Bye

New Mexico, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. It snowed this weekend in Laramie, so the Cowboys not only got to enjoy their pathetic blowout loss to Texas St. for an extra week, but it was really cold too. Expect the Cowboys to come out very angry against the Lobos.

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That’s it for this weeks MWC review, hope many of you are making the trip to Logan when the Broncos take on the Aggies. Go Broncos! #BleedBlue

Monday MWC Review Week 5

Another week is in the books for the MWC. Some results came as expected, others not so much. Let’s take a look at what happened around the MWC….

Utah State @ San Jose State

Result: Aggies 40-12

Recap: Remember a few years ago, I think Kellen’s senior year when the Broncos beat the Toledo Rockets by a large-margin, but the game didn’t feel all that lopsided? This game reminded me of that contest. David Fales and the Spartans had their chances to score. They moved the ball, but every time they needed to come up big, they didn’t. The Aggies took advantage of turnovers, and looked good in all facts of the game. The Spartans are bad. Lord help that team after Fales graduates, but at least they fought hard. Still, Charles Keeton is way too much for the Aggies. The Aggies were balanced on offense, rushing and passing for 250+ yards.

Next up for the Aggies: BYU, October 4th at 8:00 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Broncos next opponent gets an emotional rivalry game at home against the BYU Cougars. This in-state rivalry has really taken off in recent years. Utah State, like Boise State, has an array of contradicting results. Lopsided wins along with tough losses. The Broncos have a bye as they watch these two very good teams go at it. It will be interesting to see what kind of toll playing a physical team like BYU has on the Aggies. They should win this game, but it will be a physical contest. Aggies win 28-20.

Next up for the Spartans: @Hawaii, October 6th at 12:00 PM AT at Aloha Stadium. After yet another should, coulda, woulda performance from the Spartans, they travel to Hawaii for what makes for a tough matchup to predict. Hawaii had maybe its most bizarre but fulfilling performance in years against Fresno. Was it a fluke, or a turning point? We’ll know in this game. Losing to Hawaii would spell doom for Fales senior campaign. I think Hawaii wins 35-31.

UTEP @ Colorado State

Result: Rams 59-42

Recap: After a somewhat impressive performance in Tuscaloosa, the Rams returned home to play a UTEP team that got beat down by UTSA at home. The Rams jumped out to a 28-7 lead at halftime and appeared to be headed for an easy win, one the desperately need to become bowl eligible. But in the words of Lee Corso, not so fast! Within 7 minutes, the Miners created turnovers and MAULED the Rams secondary through the air and tied the game at 28! Would the Rams fold? Nope. They began to show improvement as a program by stretching that closed lead to 52-28 in the 4th. The Rams added a last second TD to make the score somewhat close, but this game wasn’t all that close. Step in the right direction for Colorado State.

Next up for the Rams: San Jose State, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium.Bye week upcoming for the Rams. they’ll rest up for the Spartans, who have to play @Hawaii this week.

Wyoming @ Texas State

Result: Bobcats 42-21

Recap: That sound you hear is air being let out of a balloon. After a week in which some writers mentioned Wyoming’s name in the same sentence as a BCS Bowl game, the Pokes respond by getting stomped all over a team that barely beat the Southern Miss team our Broncos just slaughtered. The Bobcats scored first, but the Pokes responded not too long after. Then a dreaded lightening delay came and postponed the game for more than 2 hours! Play resumed, and the teams continued trading TDs. 14-14 at the half. Then fatigue settled in, and the Bobcats running game pounded the Pokes all night. Brett Smith had a below-average game by his standards, thanks much to a terrible beaten O-Line who looked like its 2012 version. It is only one game, and Dave Christensen has a history of wetting the bed like this, but the Wyoming hype train slows down this week after this inexcusably bad loss.

Next up for the Cowboys: New Mexico, October 12th at 3:30 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys get to dwell on this loss for two weeks with a bye this upcoming week. They can still win a lot of games this year, but the Pokes would be wise to take every opponent seriously.

San Diego State @ New Mexico State

Result: Aztecs 26-16

Recap: Not the most aesthetically pleasing matchup or game you’ll ever see. SDSU continues to be the most confusing team in the MWC. Not only has Adam Dingwell, the young QB who knocked off Boise been benched, but now RB Adam Muema has been upstaged by some dude named Donnel Pumphrey who went off for 3 TDs and 167 yards. But they look bad. A slim win over the barely-hanging-onto-its-program New Mexico State Aggies? Not good. The defense looked good though! The Aztecs continue to be a bizarre team in the MWC. They started out down 16-0, and then ran off 26 straight to win thanks to Pumphrey. Weird indeed

Next up for the Aztecs: Nevada, October 4th at 9:00 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The battle of the teams nobody can figure out! I would watch, but BYU @ Utah State play at the same time. I’ll probably catch the end of it. Should be an interesting game. I’m throwing darts. Aztecs 40-39.

UNLV @ New Mexico

Result: Rebels 56-42

Recap: RIP defense. The battle of the basketball schools resulted in a massive shootout that turned out to be Bobby Hauck’s first win on the road as UNLV’s head coach. The Lobos jumped out to a 14-0 lead, only to have UNLV close it back to 14-14. then the two teams proceeded to exchange scores through the 3rd quarter tied 42-42 on the backs of great RB play and Caleb Herring’s arm for UNLV. Herring and Tim Cornett were the difference in the 4th quarter with 2 TDs, giving the Rebels a surprising win on the road. Both these teams are awful on defense, but the Rebels don’t care. They won a road game!

Next up for the Rebels: Hawaii, October 12th at 8:05 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. Yet another team on a bye week. The Rebels get to enjoy their win for two weeks as they await a UNLV team that thoroughly blasted them in 2012. Hawaii tends to struggle in Vegas, and both these teams are very inconsistent and hard to figure out. Your guess as to who wins is as good as mine.

Next up for the Lobos: New Mexico State, October 5th at 7:00 PM ET at University Stadium. The Lobos sure lose a lot for a team that plays a ridiculously easy schedule. The red Aggies? Come on. I know its an in-state rivalry, but I doubt either side really gets up for it unless its basketball. Bob Davie looks to be struggling with this young group. He has Kasey Carrier, but even that is not enough. I think he squeaks out what could be one of his last wins of 2013. Lobos 34-31.

Air Force @ Nevada

Result: Wolf Pack 45-42

Recap: Just when you think the Falcons have given up, they put up a valiant fight….and still manage to lose. Cody Fajardo returned after injury and had a very good game, but he Pack trailed 21-17 at half! To an Air Force tram starting its 3rd-string QB and coming off three straight blowout losses. The surprising effort continued as Karson Roberts, the Falcons 3rd-string QB, ran for 161 yards in this game total, and a 35-24 lead going into the 4th. But what has doomed Air Force all season? Two things: Horrible defense, and dropped passes. Both showed up in the 4th quarter. Fajardo staged a comeback down 42-30 with the Falcons missing out on more points thanks to key drops. A 2-yard TD run by Fajardo under 2 minutes was the deciding factor as the Wolf Pack narrowly avoid what would have been an embarrassing loss.

Next up for the Falcons: @Navy, October 5th at 11:30 AM ET at Navy Memorial Stadium. The Falcons take another tough result with them to the east coast to play rival Navy. [Insert cliche about throwing out records in rivalry games]. Whatever. No way Air Force is feeling the effects of 4-straight losses. This will be a close game, but the Falcons are reeling right now. I’m hoping and predicting for Falcons 28-27.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: @San Diego State, October 4th at 9:00 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. I really don’t know what to think of Nevada. They’ve looked good, bad, and awful at times this year. They travel to play an inconsistent San Diego State on a Friday night. Again, throwing darts with an Aztecs 40-39 win.

Southern Miss @ Boise State

Result: Broncos 60-7

Recap: Kudos to Bronco Nation, we had a solid turnout on Saturday night. The Broncos got off to yet another slow start. One of these days that will stop, I hope. The onslaught was on when Southwick git Boldewijn for a 42-yard TD. The once very good Southern Miss Golden Eagles just sort of laid down and died after that. We knew this game might get ugly, but 60-7? Dang Eagles, sad to see such a great fan-base going through college football hell. They deserve better. The streak moves to 16 for USM. This game was never close. Yay for Jack Fields and Charles Bertoli scoring. And no rain in the 2nd half.

Next up for the Broncos: @Utah State, October 12th at 8:00 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Broncos have a much-needed bye before the most important game of the year. As rough as these first 5 weeks have been for the Broncos, they still have a chance to reach the MWC Championship game. That will all end if they can’t beat the very stout Aggies at their place. The Broncos have failed in their two road games this year to get a win. Will that continue? Have to wait until next week to find out.

Fresno State @ Hawaii

Result: Bulldogs 42-37

Recap: No hyperbole here. The strangest game I have EVER watched. It went as scripted early on. Derek Carr and the Bulldogs slaughtered the Rainbow Warriors to a 42-3 lead mid-way through the 3rd quarter. Norm Chow gave Ikaika Woolsey a chance to play at QB, and that didn’t work. The Warriors nation sighed as Sean Schroeder, the much-maligned QB came into play again. He’s been awful ever since he got to UH. Just plain bad…..What ensued almost seemed impossible. Schroeder LOST HIS MIND and went on a tear as the Bulldogs offense had inexplicable turnover over inexplicable turnover. Its the late 4th quarter, and the once down 42-3 Rainbow Warriors were down 42-37 with 2 minutes left and the ball at the 10!!!! 34 points in a matter of 15 minutes game play or so. Impossible scenario. The only reason Fresno won is because there wasn’t enough time for Schroeder to engineer a drive that wasn’t rushed.the Bulldogs Cal Poly’d themselves again. The Bulldogs fans would be wise to enjoy 2013 while it lasts, cause the extreme lack of depth suggests 2014 could present a huge drop off.

Next up for the Bulldogs: @Idaho, October 5th at 5:00 PM ET at Kibbie Dome. Yep, this game will actually happen. In the category of things that actually happened falls an Idaho win last week over Temple. This game will be all kinds of ugly. Bulldogs 65-24.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: San Jose State, October 6th at 12:00 PM AT at Aloha Stadium. I don’t know what to make of UH’s comeback. Sean Schroeder has been so bad for so long. Was that outburst him seeing the light, or a blind squirrel finding a nut? I really could not tell you. We’ll know more Saturday. I’ll stick with Rainbows 35-31.

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The Broncos have the week off before its incredibly important duel with Utah State. Enjoy the week and flood into Romney Stadium on October 12th if you can! Go Broncos! #BleedBlue

Monday MWC Review Week 4

Here is my review of this previous weekends slate of MWC games….

Boise State @ Fresno State

Result: Bulldogs 41-40

Recap: The most highly anticipated MWC game of the year lived up to its hype. The Bulldogs have waited a long time to finally defeat the Broncos, and their patience paid off. The stars aligned: Fresno had he best QB it will ever have, a dominant WR-corps, home-field advantage, and a Bronco team rebuilding not only with personnel, but philosophy-wise on offense and defense. Despite all of that, the Broncos managed to keep this game close thanks to Joe Southwick’s determination and Aaron Baltazar having a breakout game. Still, it was not enough for the Broncos to pull out a win. Moxey’s dropped INT off the hands of Adams and Joe’s deflected pass on 4th and 6 will haunt Broncos fans for years to come. Dreadfully awful defensive play aside, there are still positives to take away. I know some think the sky is falling, but come on! All circumstances considered, the Dogs still barely beat us in a scenario that they won’t see again. The Dogs celebrate a huge win for the program, but this game is no changing of the guard. The Broncos will be back.

Next up for the Broncos: Southern Miss, September 28th at 10:15 PM ET at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos slump back to Boise after a rough loss, and on Saturday a team on a 15-game losing streak will come to Boise. The fall Southern Miss fans have endured is brutal and unfortunate. They’re a great group that has treated Bronco Nation well in trips to Hattiesburg. They will rise up again, but not in this game. I project a fairly significant beat down. Much like the frustration from the Washington debacle was dealt onto poor UT-Martin, the same will happen to the Golden Eagles. Broncos 50-20

Next up for the Bulldogs: @Hawaii, September 29th at 12:00 AM ET at Aloha Stadium. Playing on the islands is tough. Will this game be a potential trap for the Bulldogs. Well…no. Hawaii looks like they’ve renewed the Fred Von Appen era. The Bulldogs lightening-quick offense will run rampant on the worn-out Rainbow Warrior defense. My projection: Bulldogs 49-17.

San Jose State @ Minnesota

Result: Gophers 43-24

Recap: I watched quite a bit of this game, and aside from the overall team, I must say David Fales throws a surprisingly flawless ball. His fundamentals are top-notch. His team however is not very good. The run-defense is terrible, and he doesn’t have much help with Noel Grigsby out with injury. The Gophers of all teams exposed these weakness and stretched away in the 2nd half for a big win. The Spartans rushed for an anemic 47 yards.

Next up for the Spartans: Utah State, September 27th at 9 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. Things don’t get easier for Fales and the Spartans. The Aggies bring a stout defense to town along with a talented and complicated offense. The spread has the Aggies as only a 9-point favorite, but its going to take some fortunate bounces for this one to be close. My projection: Aggies 48-21.

Utah State @ USC

Result: Trojans 17-14

Recap: With so many fans pegging Utah State as the monster standing in front of Boise’s path to a rematch with Fresno in December, I watched this game to see what the Aggies bring to the table. I came away underwhelmed. The Aggie offense was thoroughly dominated, albeit by a VERY good USC defense, but still. Keeton lacked the measurable I thought he had, and the Aggie offense didn’t move at the speed I thought it would. Lots of looking to the sideline for plays, giving the defensive coordinator a chance to adjust. This game was very boring to be honest. USC might have the most conservative offense I have ever seen. Zero creativity, but they managed to score enough to win. The Aggies barely tried to run the ball, but USC was too strong for them to push that agenda. Keeton was getting hit all day, which came as a surprise considering the hype surrounding USU’s veteran O-Line. That said, the Aggie defense did a fantastic job of stopping Marquise Lee. Bottom line: Utah State will be a very tough opponent for the Broncos, but this team isn’t exactly an unbeatable juggernaut.

Next up for the Aggies: @San Jose State, September 27th at 9 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. After a disappointing loss to the Trojans, the Aggies stick with California road trips and take on David Fales and the Spartans. Fales is tough to stop, but that’s about the only worry the Aggies have. They should roll in this one. Again, Aggies 48-21. Most of that 21 coming in garbage time.

Colorado State @ Alabama

Result: Crimson Tide 31-6

Recap: This might have been the most bizarre game of the weekend. The Rams were down only 17-6 going into the 4th! The Rams looked markedly improved on defense, but the Crimson Tide seemed so disinterested in this game. Some think that the reason the game was so close is because Nick Saban was taking it easy on friend and former colleague Jim McElwain. True or not, the Rams finished the game within 30 points! Nobody saw that coming.

Next up for the Rams: UTEP, September 28th at 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Rams are now 1-3 on the year with that win being against Cal Poly. They take on Sean Kugler and the Miners. If the Rams want any slim shot of making a bowl game at 6 wins, they must absolutely win this game. I think it may be close, but they’ll pull it out. Rams 34-26.

Oregon State @ San Diego State

Result: Beavers 34-30

Recap: The Aztecs and Beavers are two teams that are tough to figure out. After a mixed bag of results from both teams entering the game, the Aztecs jumped out to a 27-14 lead going into the 4th quarter behind QB Quinn Kaehler, who has replaced Adam Dingwell as the starter. The defense played fantastically throughout the game. But things began to unravel late when down 9 points, Sean Mannion hit Terron Ward in the end-zone to make it a 2-point game. Then the unimaginable happened. Not even 9 seconds on the game-clock after the Mannion scored, Kaehler throws the worst pick-six I have ever seen. Throwing under pressure and off his back foot, Kaehler missed his TE and the ball landed safely in the arms of a surprised Steven Nelson who then walked into the end-zone. It was bad. Really rough ending for what was otherwise a good performance by SDSU.

Next up for the Aztecs: @New Mexico State, September 28th at 8 PM ET at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aztecs are punished for their loss and sent to Las Cruces, New Mexico where they face the currently Indy New Mexico State Aggies. I quite frankly don’t know much about the red Aggies, other than the fact that their coach is named Doug Martin. Aztecs should roll barring another bizarre game. My projection: Aztecs 38-20.

Hawaii @ Nevada

Result: Wolf Pack 31-9

Recap: Well, I was wrong about this game. Despite Reno needing to resort to their 3rd-string QB AND RB, Norm Chow showed the Warriors knack for being terrible knows no bounds. UH QB Taylor Graham got hurt mid-way through this game, but it really didn’t matter. UH’s offense was inept from beginning to end except for bursts of hope from true Freshman RB Diocemy Saint-Juste, who shined. Nevada QB Tyler Stewart did a good job of throwing to wide-open TEs that UH refused to acknowledge.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: Air Force, September 28th at 8 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. It sounds like Cody Fajardo will return, but even with Tyler Stewart the Pack should be fine. The Falcons are having an all-time bad season and are likely to get pounded again. My projection: Wolf Pack 41-21.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: Fresno State, September 29th at 12:00 AM ET at Aloha Stadium. Hahahaha of wow. This Norm Chow era can’t end soon enough for the Rainbow Warriors fans. My projection: Fresno – A lot, Hawaii – not much.

Western Illinois @ UNLV

Result: Rebels 38-7

Recap: The Rebels play a lot of boring games. The Rebels gashed Western Illinois on the ground with occasional plays from Caleb Herring. This was your run-of-the-mill FBS over FCS blowout. The Rebels have 2 wins though, so that’s good!

Next up for the Rebels: @New Mexico, September 28th at 8 PM ET at University Stadium. The battle of the basketball schools! New Mexico comes into the game well rested after a bye week. The Rebels are a 1.5 point favorite, so the game is essentially a toss-up. Give me the home team. Lobos 31-28.

Wyoming @ Air Force

Result: Cowboys 56-23

Recap: Wow. The slide for the Falcons continues. In a rematch of the Howdy Doody Bowl from 2012, Troy Calhoun and his cadets got absolutely destroyed. Coughed up 42 points to Wyoming’s offense by halftime, and for the third consecutive game only managed to hold the opponent to a TD-less drive a handful of times. Brett Smith looked as good as ever, as the Pokes just eviscerated the Falcons in the air and on the ground. I fear Calhoun’s days are numbered in Colorado Springs. Despite the animosity between the two teams (and head coaches), Dave Christensen called off the dogs in this game. It could have been much worse.

Next up for the Cowboys: @Texas State, September 28th at 7 PM ET at Bobcat Stadium. The Cowboys have played weak competition to this point, but nonetheless have looked very good minus the weak 1st quarters against Idaho and Northern Colorado. They are unlikely to be tested until they play San Jose State in late October. They should handle the Bobcats with ease in this upcoming game. My projection: Pokes 49-20.

Next up for the Falcons: @Nevada, September 28th at 8 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. Falcons fans are calling for Calhoun to be fired after a horrific start to the 2013 season. Can’t blame them. I doubt things get any better in Reno. Wolf Pack win 41-21.

New Mexico: Bye

The Lobos were the leagues only team with a bye week, as they prepare for the UNLV Rebels. The line is at 1.5 for the Rebels, so it’s basically a toss-up. This is an absolute must-win for Bob Davie if the Lobos are to have the 2013 season look like something not from the Locksley era.

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“Rebuilding years” are tough Broncos fans. Yes, the 2013 season is very much looking like the 2005 or 2007 seasons. It’s hard to watch our defense right now, they’re as bad as ever in the Pete era. But we need to stay positive and keep the faith. And most of all, show support at the home games. Boise State is offering discounted tickets for certain seats at future home games. Please take advantage of this if you can! Again, keep the faith Bronco fans. We have a very young and inexperienced team, but the future is bright! And don’t give up on this season. Our goal of reaching the MWC Championship game isn’t out-of-reach just yet!

Go Broncos! #BleedBlue

Monday MWC Review: Week 3

Another week is in the books, as out-of-conference play is coming to a close for many MWC teams. A lot of tough results this week, and quite a few teams on byes. It all started on Friday night at Bronco Stadium….

Air Force @ Boise St.

Result: Broncos 42-20

Recap: If you had told me prior to this game that the Bronco offense would only see 8 possessions all night, I would enter Friday’s night game terrified as to the final result. Air Force did what Air Force does. They kept the ball away from the other teams offense and scored efficiently. Jay Ajayi and the offense were solid, scoring on all of their 1st half possessions. It appeared this would be a 4-quarter battle, but the defense woke up in the 2nd half thanks to great play from Demarcus Lawrence and the young but solid LB-play. Joe Southwick had a historic performance, he was essentially perfect minus the INT/Incomplete pass that were really interference’s.

Next up for the Broncos: @Fresno State, September 20th, 9 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. Its been a running joke with Broncos fans for years: Fresno fans always believe “this year” is the year they beat Boise St. A lot of those years ended with the Broncos winning by a considerable margin. However, something feels different about this edition of the Boise-Fresno made-up rivalry. Fresno is ranked AND favored at home. Fresno’s strength is its top-tier passing game led by Derek Carr. Boise’s unquestioned biggest issue is the young and struggling secondary. That’s a big deal. Is is 2007 all over again? The Dog fans have had September 20th circled forever. It feels like the 2007 Boise-Hawaii game all over again. Hope for the best, expect the worst Broncos fans.

Next up for the Falcons: Wyoming, September 21st, 10:15 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons are coming off of two tough loses, both in which the Utah State Aggies and Boise State Broncos had their way with the Falcon defense. It doesn’t get any easier this week with a home game against Brett Smith and the Wyoming Cowboys. This is an absolute must-win for the Falcons if they don’t want this season to go awry early.

New Mexico @ Pittsburgh

Result: Panthers 49-27

Recap: Traveling to the east coast is never an easy task for a team out west. That proved to be true again in Pittsburgh when the New Lobos came to town. Kasey Carrier never got going, in fact he was dominated by the Panthers defense. Only amounting to 22 rushing yards. Pittsburgh was simply too big and too fast for the Lobos. This one was over by halftime.

Next up for the Lobos: UNLV, September 21st, 8 PM ET at University Stadium. The game neither team can afford to drop. The Lobos and Rebels dominate in basketball, but tend to hang around the bottom of the conference in football. Loser of this game will be even more suckish than before.

Fresno St. @ Colorado

Result: Postponed

Recap: The horrific floods in Boulder, Colorado led to this game being postponed and potentially cancelled. The game is set to be played on December 6th or 7th. Big issue? Fresno is very much expected to be the representative of the West division in the MWC Championship Game: Held on December 7th. Good chance this game doesn’t get played.

Next up for the Bulldogs: Boise State, September 20th, 9 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. Coach Tim DeRutyer says there is only one team everyone in the valley wants to beat: Boise. The stars have aligned, with Boise fielding a rebuilding team and the Dogs fielding arguably its best team ever. Fresno fans are expecting a memorable night this upcoming Friday.

Cal Poly @ Colorado St.

Result: Rams 34-17

Recap: Cal Poly came off of a solid performance @Fresno State looking to beat the Rams in Ft. Collins. The Rams were having none of that. Thanks to a brilliant performance from QB Garrett Grayson, the Rams jumped out to a 27-10 lead at halftime and coasted from there to a 34-17 win. Some fans may laugh at this result, but the Rams have struggled to put “lesser” opponents away at home in recent years. This was a good win for the Rams.

Next up for the Rams: @Alabama, September 21st, 7 PM ET at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Um, wow. What is there to be said? Don’t let too many guys get hurt Rammies.

Nevada @ Florida St.

Result: Seminoles 62-7

Recap: Believe it or not, Nevada actually kept this game fairly close early on. With Cody Fajardo sidelined, backup QB Devin Combs had some early success against the Seminoles. Then he got hurt. Nevada is now down to its 3rd-string QB AND 3rd-string RB. A 62-7 loss is the least of their worries. This game was a chaotic mess in the 2nd half, as evidenced by the score. I am glad Jameis Winston will have graduated by the time Boise State gets to play Florida State.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: Hawaii, September 21st, 8:05 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. Trap game. With so many QBs and RBs potentially out for this game, Norm Chow and his crew must smell blood in the water. This game could serve as a brutal reminder to the Pack fans that the Ault era is truly over.

Northern Colorado @ Wyoming

Result: Cowboys 35-7

Recap: Another week where the Cowboys inexplicably end the 1st quarter tied 0-0 with a crappy opponent. Last week it was Idaho, this week it was Northern Colorado, who lost to DII Colorado State-Pueblo last week. Brett Smith apparently hurt his ankle a little, but continued to play. It must have hindered him quite a bit, because the Pokes struggled almost all day. A late 14 points in the 4th quarter allowed for a core that looked more lop-sided, but the offense better thank the defense for some solid red-zone defense. The Bears had multiple opportunities to score, and didn’t.

Next up for the Cowboys: @Air Force, September 21st, 10:15 PM ET at Falcon Stadium. The hype surrounding the Cowboys as a MWC title contender simmered down not only because of their lackluster performance against the Greeley Bears, but also because Nebraska got whipped badly by UCLA, thus making the Pokes good performance in Lincoln not-as-impressive. A big game this week for the Pokes as they head to rival Air Force. Both teams desperately need to win this game. Should be interesting to see if Smith’s ankle hinders him at all this game. The Pokes enter the game as a -2.5 point favorite.

Weber St. @ Utah St.

Result: Aggies 70-6

Recap: Weber State coughed up 70 back-to-backs weeks. They are easily the worst Big Sky team around. The Aggies, who appear to the MWC’s best team right now, could have won by 100 if they wanted to. Terrible game to watch, unless you are from Logan.

Next up for the Aggies: @USC, September 21st, 3:30 PM ET at Los Angeles Coliseum. I don’t care if Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are having an awful year. A MWC team beating the Trojans in the Coliseum would be a tremendous achievement. Chuckie Keeton has been amazing, now he faces a very good and talented Trojan defense. This should be a fun game to watch….unless the Broncos have lost to Fresno, a which point none of us will even be awake yet.

Central Michigan @ UNLV

Result: Rebels 31-21

Recap: This was the very last game of the Week 3 college football schedule. I’d be willing to bet not a whole lot of people tuned in. The Chippewas jumped out to a 21-0 lead, and then proceeded to concede 31 straight points to the Rebels. That was pretty much what happened. Nick Sherry got benched! Some dude named Caleb Herring saved the day for UNLV.

Next up for the Rebels: @New Mexico, September 21st, 8 PM ET at University Stadium. The battle of the basketball schools! Neither team looks particularly great, but the game will be played! On a more random note, I can’t wait for the Broncos basketball team to spoil basketball season for these two schools.

San Diego State: Bye

Next up for the Aztecs: Oregon State, September 21st, 7:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs were off this weekend, as they were licking their wounds from their awful start to 2013 and looking ahead to Oregon State coming to town. The Beavers are coming off of a thrilling win in Salt Lake City over the Utes in overtime.

Hawaii: Bye

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Nevada, September 21st, 8:05 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. The Rainbow Warriors opened 2013 with two respectable losses to USC and Oregon State. The Hawaii defense appears to be one of the best in the MWC. A prime opportunity awaits the Warriors in Reno to upset the very-much beat-up Wolf Pack.

San Jose State: Bye

Next up for the Spartans: @Minnesota, September 21st, 12 PM ET at TCF Bank Stadium. The Spartans had an off week and are now set to travel to Minnesota. How did UNLV and SJSU pull this game off? I wouldn’t mind if the Broncos got to play a Big Ten school in Minnesota. New Mexico State played there too! The Gophers are holding out on us. Anyways, David Fales needs to win this game for the Spartans to hold any respect they gained in 2012.

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That’s it. Big week for the Broncos. The stars appear to be aligned for Fresno to finally beat Boise. Will it happen? Guess we’ll find out. #BleedBlue no matter what. Go Broncos!

Monday MWC Review: Week 2

Week 2 is in the books! Broncos fans got the blowout we hoped for, and positive momentum going into Friday nights game against the Falcons. Here is a look at how the other MWC teams did…

Tennessee-Martin @ Boise St.

Result: Broncos 63-14

Recap: Bronco Nation was in a very sour mood leading up to this game. Fans joking about whether the offense could produce 20+ points against the a team like the UT-Martin Skyhawks. While some still grumble and critique even after the 63-point outburst from the Bronco offense, I’d say most were content with what we saw. The Broncos offense could have scored 80+ points if Coach Pete were ruthless, but nonetheless 63 is a point total the Broncos haven’t seen since the 2011 Colorado St. game. Joe Southwick amassed 5 passing TDs in 2 quarters + one 3rd quarter drive. Again, it was hard to critique the offense on Saturday. They were near perfect.

Next up for the Broncos: Air Force, September 13th 8 PM MT at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos offense looked much better on Saturday, but the Bronco defense unfortunately still missed a lot of tackles against the Skyhawks. Here comes an Air Force team that, while vastly inexperienced, will eat bad tackling teams alive. Big test for the Broncos defense. That said, I see continued improvement from this team. My projected result: Broncos 37-17.

Utah St. @ Air Force

Result: Aggies 52-20

Recap: The Falcons entered this home game, Utah State’s inaugural MWC game, with tons of inexperience everywhere. It didn’t help that starting QB Kale Pearson is out for likely the 2013 season with a bad knee injury. He was one of the few expected bright spots on offense. The Falcons inexperience showed as they were quite frankly demolished by the Aggies. The Aggies run game was so-so, but for consecutive weeks, Chuckie Keeton seemed impossible to stop. The Falcons kept it somewhat close with a 24-13 deficit, struggling to finish off red-zone chances….but Keeton just unloaded on them in the 2nd half. Utah State looks very good, but its hard to draw too many conclusions from this game. Is Utah St. that good? Did the Falcons inexperience play a big part? We’ll know more after they play at Bronco Stadium.

Next up for the Aggies: Weber State, September 14th 8 PM MT at Romney Stadium. Meh. The Wildcats just got beat 70-7 @Utah, so you’d figure things won’t go well when they travel to Logan. The Utah St. schedule is suddenly looking a bit easier in the next few weeks with USC looking more vulnerable than ever, and San Jose St. not as stout on offense. Expect a rout, I’ll go with Aggies 55-7.

Next up for the Falcons: @Boise State, September 13th 8 PM MT at Bronco Stadium. Not the best of ways to follow up a blowout loss at home. The Falcons enter as a 24-point underdog to a Broncos team that scored 49 1st half points in its previous game. The only experienced unit on the field will be the Broncos offense. Everywhere else features inexperienced talent for both teams. Can the Broncos terrible tackling form improve? Or will the Falcons gash the suspect Broncos defense? I see a little bit of both as a alluded to earlier. Broncos 37-17.

San Diego St. @ Ohio St.

Result: Buckeyes 42-7

Recap: The Aztecs were coming off a baffling loss at home to Eastern Illinois, and things didn’t get much better @Ohio St. This dual was actually a pretty bizarre game. Both teams starting QBs were replaced. Braxton Miller left with an injury, and Adam Dingwell, who infamously led the Aztecs to a win at Bronco Stadium, was replaced for being terrible at football. Some dude named Quinn Kaehler replaced him, and it alright considering the circumstances. Despite the injury to Miller, the Buckeyes offense managed 35 1st half points and cruised to an easy win at home.

Next up for the Aztecs: Bye week. Aztecs will rest up and prepare for a big home game against Pac-12 opponent Oregon State.

Idaho @ Wyoming

Result: Cowboys 42-10

Recap: The fans at War Memorial Stadium were getting a tad antsy after the 1st quarter scoreboard showed 0-0 against the awful Idaho Vandals, but the Cowboys ended up settling down and winning this game 42-10. Brett Smith didn’t look as dominant as usual, but he still had a fairly big game. Nobody can quite figure out what the Vandals are trying to do on offense, but hey, they’re out there. There wasn’t much to see in this game, went as expected.

Next up for the Pokes: Northern Colorado, September 14th 4 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Pokes appear to be hitting their stride under Dave Christensen. I’m sure some Cowboys fans would cringe reading that sentence, we’ve heard this before, but they look pretty good. The schedule doesn’t give Wyoming much challenge until late October. Its hard to tell just how good they are with so many week opponents ahead (Next 5 games are Northern Colorado, @Air Force, @Texas State, New Mexico, Colorado State). The Pokes schedule is loaded with tough games in late October and November, so they’ll need to take care of all the supposed “easy games” leading up to that month.

Colorado St. @ Tulsa

Result: Golden Hurricane 30-27

Recap: Talk about a back-and-forth game! Both teams took leads through the game, but the Rams endured a crushing 30-27 loss on the road. They led the game 27-17 in the late 3rd, only to cough up 13 points in the 4th to chalk up a loss on the road. The Rams look somewhat improved, but not enough to suggest they don’t stink anymore, if that makes any sense at all. This wasn’t a bad performance, but any bowl hopes seem to be dwindling early for this team. they can’t afford to drop games like that.

Next up for the Rams: Cal Poly, September 14th 3:30 PM ET at Hughes Stadium. The Rams followup a tough loss with a potential trap game at home. The Rams are no strangers to losing to FCS programs at home, and Cal Poly may not be an exception. The Mustangs struggled in the 1st half against Fresno St., particularly on special teams, but managed to storm back into the game. They almost scored late in the 4th to put themselves within a possession of the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Rams would be wise to put everything they have into beating this team. I think they manage to win, but not by much. Rams 28-27.

Hawaii @ Oregon St.

Result: 33-14

Recap: Hawaii had to travel to Corvallis to play yet another Pac-12 school. In 2014, the Warriors will open up with THREE Pac-12 schools!!! Didn’t realize Pat Hill ended up at UH as an AD. Anyways, the Rainbow Warriors did okay in this game. They were tied going into the half, but things got away from them in the 2nd half. An awful concussion for MLB Brendan Daley lead to an ambulance on the field and really hurt the Hawaii defense. They hung in there nicely, even though they lost. I would have taken a 19-point loss at Washington. :(

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: Bye week. After opening with two BCS programs, the Warriors rest for the week and prepare for another trip to the mainland against Reno. The Rainbow Warriors will heal up in time for this important matchup. They’ll have a chance to win that game in Reno if Graham and the offense improve.

New Mexico @ UTEP

Result: Lobos 42-35

Recap: Kasey Carrier had 291 rushing yards!!! He went full Sankey on those Miners. This game was a back-and-forth dual, resulting in multiple lead-changes. The Lobos relied heavily on Carrier to lead the team to victory, which he eventually did. A 21-yard run in overtime gave the Lobos a much-needed road win in Week 2. Former Boise State O-Line coach Sean Kugler’s ball club gets off to a rough start.

Next up for the Lobos: @Pittsburgh, September 14th 12:30 PM ET at Heinz Field. The Lobos make the trip all the way out to Steeler country. The Panthers got curb-stomped against Florida State in Jameis Winston’s spectacular debut. They will enter the game as 21-point favorites. I’m skeptical of how the Panthers will bounce back, but back-to-back road games are always tough for anyone. I think the Lobos cover the sprad, but the Panthers win this one 31-21.

UC-Davis @ Nevada

Result: Wolf Pack 36-7

Recap: Not much to report on in this one. Jimmy Laughrea started at QB for UC-Davis, but struggled quite a bit. Even so, it was nice to see him get playing time. The Wolf Pack starters played through most of the game, and didn’t appear to be as dominant on offense as in the past.36 points against an FCS school? Very un-Aultish. Nevada doesn’t look like a terrible team, they just don’t appear to be as good as the Ault version of this squad. Oh, and by the way, Nevada renamed the field after Chris Ault that night. It was reported Ault didn’t eat any of the food provided in his suite.

Next up for the Wolf Pack: @Florida State, September 14th 3:30 PM ET at Doak Campbell Stadium. Yikes. Things don’t get any easier for the Wolf Pack. Expect Jameis Winston and co. to win big in this one. Spread is at 35 points, I’ll go even higher. Seminoles 51-10.

Cal Poly @ Fresno St.

Result: Bulldogs 41-25

Recap: This was one weird game. The Bulldogs lead 34-0 at half, thanks to two punt returns by WR Isaiah Burse. With the score 41-10 going into the 4th, the Dogs sat their starters. The Bulldogs 2nd-stringers were gashed on defense and shut down on offense. Derek Carr and the 1st-teamers had to be brought back into the game! Even so, the score was 41-25 with Cal Poly at mid-field and a chance to make it a one-possession game! The Dog fans certainly did not enjoy that 2nd half. Fresno obviously pulled it out, but a 16-point win over an FCS school didn’t sit well with everyone considering the expectations for this team.

Next up for the Bulldogs: @Colorado, September 14th 2 PM ET at Folsom Field. Fresno opens the game as a 10-point favorite. Yes, only 10 points. Apparently Vegas didn’t like that Cal Poly score. The Fresno CBs have burned back-to-back weeks, and now must face Paul Richardson, arguably the college games top WR. The elevation is always a concern in these games as well for the Dogs from California. This is a must-watch game for Bronco fans with out showdown in Fresno looming next week. I’m predicting the Dogs will do what they’re supposed to do. Bulldogs win 45-20.

Arizona @ UNLV

Result: Wildcats 58-13

Recap: Not much to recap for this game. Arizona has a great running attack. UNLV wants it to be basketball season already. The score was 45-6 at halftime! Things are not going well for Bobby Hauck early. Why he took this job in the first place is beyond me.

Next up for the Rebels: Central Michigan, September 14th 10 PM ET at Sam Boyd Stadium. Must-not-watch T.V.! Late-night game against the Chippewas. I quite frankly do not care who wins. Whoever makes the least amount of mistakes wins.

San Jose St. @ Stanford

Result: Cardinal 34-13

Recap: David Fales struggled again this week, not looking nearly as efficient as he did in 2012. He finished with a QB rating of 46.5. Not what we’ve come to expect from him. The Spartan defense looked somewhat good in this game, but nonetheless Kevin Hogan and the Cardinal took the Spartans down with ease. The game wasn’t as close as the score indicates. More than anything, I came away less-impressed with Stanford. They don’t look like a Top 5 or 3 team to me.

Next up for the Spartans: Bye Week. Prepare for a trip to Minnesota in a few weeks.

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Blue-out on Friday night! Be there if you can! Should be an exciting game. Go Broncos!