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Five things you should know about the MWC

Posted on: August 7, 2008 8:04 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2008 8:04 pm


1. LaVell Edwards would be proud. Bronco Mendenhall has BYU humming at the level set by the old coach. Mendenhall has won 22 combined games the past two years. The offense averaged 30 points per game to lead the Mountain West. The defense, Mendenhall's specialty, gave up less than 100 yards rushing per game. The schedule sets up for an Orange Bowl run. The toughest road game is the finale at Utah. The winner might get a BCS berth.

2. Urban Meyer would be proud too. Since Meyer left his replacement Kyle Whittingham has won run three bowls and averaged eight victories a season at Utah. If not BYU, then the Utes could make a BCS run. Whittingham is loaded with 16 returning starters. If the Utes win at transitioning Michigan to start the season watch out.

3. Hot Seat Central. If things don't improve at UNLV and San Diego State quick, Mike Sanford (6-29 for the Rebels) and Chuck Long (7-17 for the Aztecs) are going to be out of a job. The prospects aren't good. San Diego State has to go to Notre Dame, TCU, New Mexico and BYU. UNLV plays Utah, Arizona State and BYU on the road. 

4.The Mtn. is climbing. The folly that once was the conference's own network now seems to be gaining traction. The Mtn. will be getting more exposure on cable systems. Will anyone be watching?

5.They're not Horned Frauds. TCU always seems to be hanging around, threatening to break through to a BCS bowl. Three years ago they won at Oklahoma. Two years ago it was Texas Tech. This year Stanford and Oklahoma are on the schedule before the BYU game on Oct. 16.


Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2008 4:20 pm

Five things you should know about the MWC

I'm gonna have to beg your pardon there Montag. Yes, Pat Hill is a great coach, and FSU is a very good program (too good for the WAC). But, BYU set the national stage for mid-majors beginning in the late 70's, beating ranked teams like Texas A&M, SMU, '84 NC, and knocking off #1 Miami in '90, along with the Heisman to Detmer.  And, not to forget Outland trophy winner Jason Buck (forgot year), and Doak Walker award winner Luke Stahley in 2001. I'm sure that I'm forgetting others. I'm certainly not dissing the FSU program and the great strides they've made themselves, but, I would be less than a Coug fan if I didn't point those items out.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2008 10:43 am

Five things you should know about the MWC

I'm a BYU alum and I still have to say Fresno State.  BYU's screwed themselves by scheduling Northern Iowa for their open date instead of getting a real school like Arkansas (who I would love to have seen them play).  Meanwhile the Bulldogs have a great schedule and if they run the table should be ranked in the top seven or eight by seasons end.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2008 5:24 pm

Five things you should know about the MWC

let us not forget my "mid major" friends that

Fresno state is the team that made networks

And the bcs to even take a serious look

At the smaller programs. Since 2001, Fresno

State has paved the way for programs in the

Mwc and the WAC. Pat Hill has given pride

And no fear to take on the coveted bcs schools.

We are having this conversation because of the

Feats and heroics of Fresno state. Other notable stories

Involve Utah, Boise, Hawaii, and Byu. We now

Win these games because we have more heart

And not because bcs teams have a bad day.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2008 8:19 am

Five things you should know about the MWC

If both the Cougars and the Dogs go undefeated, the BCS nod will go to BYU.  I say that based on two things: the preseasons polls have BYU ranked higher than any other non-BCS affiliated team (that means Fresno, too), and BYU's program history.
Unfortunately, the BCS bureaucrats takes polls ver seriously, and so base entrance to their elitist club on the opinions of other coaches, computer programmers and pollsters; that's the biggest downfall for Fresno State's BCS hopes.  BYU has been a football powerhouse since the 70's, notwithstanding the few down years when Crowton was head coach.  Their history and national championship, disputed though it may be, gives the Cougars a right to claim a spot with the big boys.
As much as I wish the BCS would allow multiple non-BCS teams in, or at least have a non-BCS play-in or championship, I think that BYU gets in if both go undefeated.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2008 8:43 pm

Five things you should know about the MWC

Well eagles79 I am very flattered with the way you spoke about the cougz. I believe your the first pro BSU blogger that has ever said anything nice about BYU. On that note I think your right on in all aspects, maybe not the national title, but as far as BSU beating FSU its for sure. BOISE might be in the WAC, but they dont play like it. I dont see Fresno State tampering with Boise for the WAC crown. However I do see BYU going undefeated. Max Hall should improve at the QB position, but watch out for Fui Vakapuna and Harvey Unga in the backfield. With the "Vaka-Punisher" and "Unga the Destroyer" healthy, defensive coordinators should have their hands full. Not to mention the depth at reciever and tight end spots. Austin Collie should have have a tremendous year and so should Dennis Pitta. The defense isn't too far from last year as well. I see a match up in the BCS with the likes of Oklahoma or someone from the Big Ten. Look out the cougars are on the prowl!!




Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2008 8:33 pm

Five things you should know about the MWC

I don't think that there will be an issue with two undefeated teams. I don't see Fresno State getting past Boise State. Being a BSU fan I would love to see BSU go back to the BCS, but I think it is BYU's turn. They are set up in the polls to go all the way and if there is another crazy year, who knows there may be another National Championship in Provo.


Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 5:56 pm

Five things you should know about the MWC

Suppose B.Y.U. and Fresno State go undefeated during the regular season. I wonder who would be more deserving as I don't believe the B.C.S. will allow two non B.C.S. conference schools into their party.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 4:35 pm

Five things you should know about the MWC

Coach Long isn't on the Hot Seat at SDSU. If things aren't improved after next season the seat will get hot. Long is rebuilding program from the ground up and the AD is giving him the time to do it. People that follow the program know that Coach Long is NOT on the Hot Seat.

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