It was business as usual in the WAC this weekend, since we knew that Boise State had pounded Idaho Friday night. That big win did help in the national scene, as TCU struggled to put away San Diego State. Of course, if you’re a regular reader here, you already knew that SDSU was very good, and were not as surprised as everyone else. Back to the WAC- Nevada and Fresno played a monster game that has essentially eliminated one of them from a WAC championship, should Boise stumble.
Louisiana Tech 41, New Mexico State 20- Louisiana Tech wins comfortably, and is now 3-3 in the WAC. They’ll need an upset over Nevada at the end of the season to get to a bowl, but this has been a nice turnaround for the Bulldogs. Next Week: Louisiana Tech idle, New Mexico State at Nevada
Utah State 38, San Jose State 34- The Spartans remain mired at the bottom of the league, still missing a win over a FBS opponent. Utah State improves to 4-6, but Boise lurks, so it’s not quite time to make bowl plans either. Next Week: Idaho at Utah State, San Jose State at Hawaii
Nevada 35, Fresno State 34- This was a back and forth shootout with five lead changes, the last one coming with less than 5 minutes to play as Nevada scored a touchdown that Fresno couldn’t answer. The Bulldogs now trek north to the blue field for their shot at the upset. Next Week: Fresno State at Boise State, Friday; New Mexico State at Nevada
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Conference Championship Picture
Obviously Boise State is in control of their own destiny, poised to win out and lock up the league. But if there’s an upset, and assuming Hawaii wins out against SJSU and NMSU:
If Fresno beats Boise State, it won’t help Fresno that much as they’re behind the pack with two losses. If that’s Boise’s only loss, then they will still claim the conference based on a tiebreaker with one-loss Hawaii. If Boise happens to then lose to Nevada also, then Hawaii should win the league on the tiebreaker with Nevada. Also, the WAC would just call them all co-champions, but bowl priority would go to the winner of the tiebreaker.
If Boise State beats Fresno but loses to Nevada, then we have a 3 way tie at 7-1, with each team being 1-1 against each other. The WAC then runs out of tiebreakers, passes out co-champion banners, and refers the whole mess to its “Bowl Placement Committee,” which is no fun at all.
Week 11 Power Rankings
This week, they unintentionally line up with the standings. It just so happens that there haven’t been many upsets this year, so the rankings just fit.
- Boise State
- Fresno State
- Louisiana Tech
- Utah State
- New Mexico State
- San Jose State