Week five wasn't really a good week for the Mountain West. I mean, it wasn't entirely bad, but I don't think any team looked really good. I don't know if that means the conference is down as a whole or if it was just typical pre-struggles before conference play starts. Whatever it is, a few teams will need to step it up this week if they want to make an impact.
Team of the Week: BYU. They're here by default. The Cougars really didn't play all that well against the Aggies, but handily beat them anyway.
Team of the Weak: UNLV. Bye-bye Mike Sanford. They surrendered 63-points and 773 total yards to rival Nevada. Ridiculous.
|TCU did what they needed to against SMU. It wasn't a fantastic victory, but since it's a rivalry and the Mustangs have managed to derail a Horned Frogs perfect season in the past (2005), I guess you can't complain too much. This week is a bit more challenging, as they take on Air Force in Colorado Springs. In fact, this should be the Frogs' toughest game to date.
|Utah had a bye-week, but now start conference play on the road against CSU. The weather could be an issue, but the Rams are coming off a humiliating loss to Idaho and this is a game the Utes should win. Actually, it's a game they must win if there is any hope of contending for a conference crown.
BYU's offense looks as impressive as ever. Unfortunately, Max Hall continues to throw interception after interception. He has ten on the season, which is tied for the most of any quarterback in the country. That is inexcusable and surely will cost the Cougars against better teams than Utah State. However, don't expect to see it be too big of an issue this week - as BYU takes on a lackluster UNLV squad.
|Wyoming has moved to fourth - for now. I don't expect the Cowboys to stay here, but it's hard to keep them down after pretty much everyone left in the conference lost Saturday. Fortunately for Wyoming, they can continue their winning ways, since they host a terrible New Mexico team this week.
|I still don't know what to make of the Falcons. They've lost two difficult road games against teams that aren't bad, but far from great. It's a slow start, but they have a chance to redeem themselves and officially become a player in the conference race (remember, they're 2-0 in MWC play) with a win Saturday against TCU.
|Colorado State seems light years away from their 3-0 start. I expected them to struggle and that's exactly what they've done. However, I could not foresee a loss to Idaho, even if it was on the road. This week doesn't get much easier, either, as they host Utah.
|The Aztecs did something New Mexico couldn't do, beat New Mexico State. It wasn't a great win, but for a team that struggled to win 2-games last year, I'm sure the Aztec faithful will take it. Especially since they've matched last year's win total. They have a bye-week before jumping back into conference play.
|The Mike Sanford era is probably going to come to a close this season. It might happen this week after they lose to BYU. Though they have the offensive horses to stay with the Cougars, it's their defense that makes this game pretty much unwinnable. That was on full display Saturday against rival Nevada Reno. The fact is, UNLV sucks. They're just lucky New Mexico is winless, or they would have locked down the final spot.
What do you think?