Given that there is no Cowboy game to grade this Monday, we will instead reflect on the conference as a whole. The Mountain West has seen little good this year (Boise State), some average (Air Force, SDSU,TCU, Wyoming) and a lot of bad (CSU, New Mexico, UNLV).
Record: 3-4 (0-3)
Last Saturday the Falcons put up an excellent fight in Boise but still came up short. The Falcons have had the toughest MWC schedule to date and their record reflects that fact. The home losses to SDSU and TCU were not especially close and the Falcons never did show up to South Bend. Even if Air Force wins out this season will fall short of preseason expectations.
Record: 7-0 (2-0)
The only true test Boise has had came back in week one against Georgia. The Broncos passed that test with flying colors and have been in cruise control ever since. The Broncos will need some outside help to reach the national title game especially with the TCU game having considerably less meaning now that the Frogs are outside of the top 25.
Record: 3-4 (1-1)
The Rams were supposed to be better this year, but loses to San Jose State, UTEP and Colorado suggest otherwise. The close win at New Mexico is also starting to look like a black mark. Pete Thomas does not seem to have improved in his sophomore season and in many respects seems to have regressed. A bowl game is now looking like a long shot.
Record: 0-7 (0-2)
The lone bright spot for the Lobos is that Mike Locksley is finally gone. The Lobos’ average score for the season is 15-48 and they have yet to play Boise State – that game should provide a miserable end to a miserable season. The Lobos may be the worst team in college football has seen in a decade.
San Diego State:
Record: 4-2 (1-1)
Losses to Michigan and TCU aren’t really blemishes to the Aztec’s record, but in those games the Aztecs looked like San Diego State teams of old – inept. On the other hand the Aztecs pummeled Air Force on the road and have a decent shot at finishing 9-3.
Record: 5-2 (3-0)
It is not so much that TCU is having a down year after their Rose Bowl win, it is that their two losses have come against their two biggest rivals (Baylor and SMU). Those losses can be avenged with a victory on the blue turf.
Record: 1-5 (0-1)
It remains a mystery how a team can blow out Hawaii (40-20) one week and then get trounced by FCS foe Southern Utah (41-16) the very next week. The Rebels have two more winnable games on their schedule – CSU and New Mexico.
Record: 4-2 (1-0)
The Cowboys have shown signs of moving up in the MWC and they have also been blown out by a Utah State team that now boasts home losses to CSU and Louisiana Tech. A bowl game is still a possibility but they will have to find a way to win two MWC road contests. The best chances appear to be at Air Force and at CSU.