I'm still not sure what to make of the Mountain West. I do think both Utah & TCU will be battling it out for the conference championship later in the season, but that isn't set in stone. Beyond that, though, where does BYU and Air Force fall? Then there is Colorado State, who could potentially make things interesting.
So right now, everything still seems fairly unresolved. It isn't like the WAC where you know who'll win the title. But I guess that makes it all the more interesting,
Team of the Week: TCU. The Frogs didn't look like world beaters in their win over Clemson, but going into Death Valley and leave with a victory is still pretty impressive. Of course, the Tigers aren't a good team and may struggle to finish with a winning record. But winning on the road, against the BCS, is always good for the conference.
Team of the Weak: New Mexico. It's getting to the point where we can all just assume the Lobos will embarrass the Mountain West somehow. I'm sure next week they'll find their way to this part of the list again. That's just what they do, I guess.
|1||The Frogs still have some hurdles left between them and the BCS, but getting by Clemson was a big step in the right direction. Of course, the Tigers might not even be their third toughest game on the schedule. CSU is looking impressive and a trip to Provo is never easy. Oh yeah, and they still have to play the Utes. The schedule does ease up greatly this week - they host a horrible SMU team.|
|2||The Utes bounced back nicely from their loss to Oregon with a solid win over Louisville. The Cardinals might not be good, but it is a victory over the BCS and Utah pretty much dominated the game. However, it was a costly victory, as the Utes lost Matt Asiata for the season. They do have time to plan for Asiata's absence, since they have the week off.|
|3||BYU got a sluggish victory over a rising CSU team last Saturday and still find themselves with more questions than answers. The defense continues to look suspect and while the offense rolled, if it weren't for a few mistakes early for the Rams, this game could have very well been lost. Luckily for them, they do get a tuneup Friday against Utah State before entering an important stretch of their schedule.|
|4||The Falcons are humming along, mostly under the radar. They haven't looked entirely great in their first few games, but they've done enough to find themselves at the top of the conference at 2-0. Of course, when you're playing New Mexico & San Diego State, that isn't a hard thing to do. So we'll probably find out whether they're a contender or a pretender this week, as they travel to take on rival Navy. It's a big game for Air Force, since they haven't defeated the Midshipmen since 2002.|
|5||The Rams played BYU tough down in Provo and though it's a loss, they are showing some signs of getting back to their pre-2003 form. Before their game against Utah, they do step out of conference play to take on a 3-1 Vandals team looking to establish a potential winning season.|
|6||The Cowboys might be finally finding an identity under first-year head coach Dave Christensen. They had a pretty impressive victory over a UNLV team many thought could finally receive a bowl bid this season. And though there is still along way to go before they're consistently competitive, it was a step in the right direction. Now they have to follow it up with a winnable game against Florida Atlantic.|
|7||The Aztecs played better against the Falcons than they have in years past, but the end result was the same. It's going to take a good while before San Diego State is contending for anything beyond the bottom of the league. They do have a winnable game this week, though, as they host New Mexico State.|
|8||I think it's time Mike Sanford prepare his resume, because it's unlikely he returns as the Rebels coach next year. This was supposed to be their year to finally reach a bowl game and it appeared they were laying the foundation for such a run. Then they lost a winnable game against Wyoming and now find themselves in a must-win against Nevada. If they lose, their season is done. Yet, even if they win, they're far from being out of the woods.|
What do you think?