My tour continues with more on the WAC. I was starting to talk about it, and I will continue.
Boise State- This is still the best team in the WAC. The really tough game that they will have is at home against Oregon. Whether they deserve to be in the BCS due to that win remains to be seen. The Pac-10 should really take a look at adding them because they are really too good for the WAC.
Fresno State- This is the second best program overall in the WAC. Pat Hill has done a great job here for a very long time. They play a tough schedule, going to Wisconsin, Cincinnati, and ending the season with Illinois. If they will all those games, they might have a shot at getting a very high ranking.
Louisiana Tech- This could be the surprise team of this season. Derek Dooley has done a great job trying to make something out of being the head football coach and athletic director at the same time. They could have a shot to beat Auburn in the first game of the season. That would get them on the national map. They also go to Navy and LSU. This could be the team to watch.
Hawaii- This is a program that is headed in the wrong direction. Gone are the days of June Jones and throwing the ball almost every down. Greg McMackin was a hire that may turn out to be one of desperation since June Jones left so late. They got blown out by NOTRE DAME in what was basically a home game in the Hawaii Bowl. If this team makes a bowl game, it will be a miracle.
Nevada- This is one of the underrated programs in the country. Chris Ault has done a great job since returning to his alma mater. They should make their fifth straight bowl game this year.
San Jose State- This is another sleeper cell, if you will. This is not a school that will win big on a regular basis. Dick Tomey has done a great job in the short time that he has been there. He got them to a bowl game and almost got them to two more. They went 6-6 last year, but were shunned from a bowl game. Their record should be about the same this year.
Utah State- Well, this is one of the hardest jobs in the country. Brent Guy was relieved of his duties last year, literally and figuratively, I am sure. Gary Andersen takes over. If this team gets to a bowl game, he should be considered for national coach of the year. They have not been to a bowl game this decade.
New Mexico State- Well, this job may be harder. Hal Mumme is gone after a tumultous tenure here. In steps DeWayne Walker. This school has not been to a bowl game since 1960. Yes, I did say 1960. If he gets this team to a bowl game, it will be one of the greatest coaching jobs in college football history.
Idaho- This job is probably the hardest of the bottom three in the WAC. Robb Akey took over for Dennis Erickson. If Dennis Erickson can win four games here, how bad is it for the rest of the coaches? Idaho will probably never be successful on the AFKA 1-A level. They last went to a bowl game in 1998. I don't seem them making one any time soon.
Much more to come on this.