Mountain West 3rd Quarter Grades

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The season is almost over and it is time to look at how everyone is doing.  Some teams can’t wait for the offseason while others cannot wait to see what December/January brings.  These grades are representative of how fans see their teams – not overall rankings or record.

Air Force:
Record: 5-5 (1-4)
Grade: C-
This is not where Air Force saw this season going.  Had you asked them in August what 2011 would hold, they would have talked about this being their year to stand up and challenge TCU and Boise State for a conference crown.  Instead they find themselves battling CSU and UNLV to avoid the cellar.

Boise State:
Record: 8-1 (3-1)
Grade: B
Rough weekend.  Unfortunately for Boise State, things are going to get a lot worse in the near future as they say goodbye to one of the best senior classes of all time.  Regardless of their conference affiliation moving forward the Broncos’ best chances of BCS success appear behind them.  If Chris Peterson is such a good coach then why has he neglected to take care of the kicking game?  Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

CSU:
Record: 3-6 (1-3)
Grade: D
Colorado State failed to add to the win column since the last grades came out.  Instead of taking the opportunity to get out of the shadow of the Buffaloes, the Rams decided to take the free fall with them.  CSU is currently staring at  potentially finishing 3-9 for the third straight year.

New Mexico:
Record: 1-9 (1-4)
Grade: D
The Lobos finally won a game.  They also have hired a coach that exudes class.  Bob Davie is the polar opposite of Mike Locksley in the class department.  If that can translate into a polar opposite football team then the Lobos will be in business.

San Diego State:
Record: 6-3 (3-2)
Grade B:
The Aztecs are bowl eligible two seasons in a row,  that has not happened since the 90’s.  The Aztecs, however, have not reached the level of success where they will be considered for a BCS conference.  The SDSU athletic department must think that the rest of the nation had their heads in the sand until a year ago.  It also doesn’t help that they draw crowds on par with the Cowboys while playing in San Diego.

TCU:
Record: 8-2 (5-0)
Grade: B+
TCU is looking at winning the conference as a going away gift to themselves.  They won their first year and minus a monumental collapse they are going to win in their last.  They knocked off everyone’s favorite underdog in Boise State and they have a legitimate shot at obtaining the first ever BCS bid by a Non-AQ school with a loss – and they have two.

UNLV:
Record: 1-3 (2-7)
Grade: D
UNLV is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of mediocrity.  Beat Hawaii, lose to Southern Utah.  Beat CSU, play Boise State better than expected, lose to New Mexico.  UNLV is not a dangerous football team but they continue to give their fan base hope and follow it up with a spirit crushing loss.

Wyoming:
Record: 6-3 (3-1)
Grade: A-
Taking down Air Force and San Diego State was huge for the Pokes.  Now they need to take care of business against New Mexico and CSU to keep the ball rolling.  The trip to Boise is starting to look like a game and not the late season disaster many saw looming.  The loss to Utah State is just puzzling at this point.

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