The Humanitarian Bowl pits 10-3 Northern Illinois against 8-4 Fresno State, tonight at 5:30 Eastern, on ESPN as usual. The teams take to the blue turf in Boise, Idaho, an outdoor field where the weather calls for a near 100% chance of snow and/or rain, with a high of 36 degrees.
NIU arrives by way of [...]
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 [...]
Boise State plays the first of three straight Friday games tonight, with three other conference tilts tomorrow including a big one featuring two of the league’s top teams.
9:00 PM Friday, ESPN2- #4 Boise State at Idaho: The Kibbie Dome will be loud and generally unpleasant for the Broncos tonight, but unfortunately for Vandal fans, I suspect [...]
The big time matchup that we were supposed to have turned into another Boise rout, while the rest of the WAC is starting to sort itself out.
Utah State 27, New Mexico State 22- The battle of the Aggies goes to the northern ones, as NMSU isn’t able to hold a 4th quarter lead to find it’s [...]
This is a quieter week in the western leagues, matchup-wise, before the fireworks start next week (TCU-Utah, Hawaii-Boise).
2:00 PM, The Mtn- San Diego State at Wyoming: The season comes down to this for the Cowboys- find a way to beat SDSU, and they could conceivably win out and find a bowl home at 6-6. Meanwhile, [...]
At long last, the final four teams that I haven’t attached an arbitrary grade to. Here are Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho, and New Mexico State.
Record: 7-0, 3-0 WAC
Highlights: Wins against Virginia Tech and Oregon State, #1 in total defense nationally, leading conference in a great many stat categories.
Weak Points: The schedule, also [...]
Only 3 weekend games in the WAC, with Boise State & Louisiana Tech pairing off tomorrow night, which is really not a great thing for Boise. They’ll get a little bit of attention, but it means two consecutive Saturdays without appearing on the football radar. They also have a Friday date with Idaho around the corner, but that one should carry a slightly higher profile (and minor upset risk).
Idaho 37, New Mexico State 14- Idaho led 31-0 in the second quarter, and the rest was history. Next Week: San Jose State at New Mexico State, Idaho at Hawaii
Hawaii 45, Utah State 7- It certainly appears that Utah State peaked with their win over BYU, as they haven’t even been competitive since. Hawaii is continuing to roll, and has joined Nevada right on the edge of the rankings. Next Week: Idaho at Hawaii, Utah State at Nevada
Fresno State 33, San Jose State 18- Fresno dominated this one, leading 27-3 after 3 quarters before SJSU closed the gap in garbage time. Next Week: San Jose State at New Mexico State, Fresno State is idle. Read Post
A late night upset rattles the standings in the WAC, while Boise continues its dominance, currently holding a combined score of 107-0 in two WAC games so far.
Louisiana Tech 48, Idaho 35- The Bulldogs surge continues, knocking off two would-be upstarts in back to back weeks. La Tech trailed briefly in the second quarter, but dominated the second half to notch their second league win. Next Week: New Mexico State at Idaho, Louisiana Tech at Boise State (Tuesday 10/26)
Boise State 48, San Jose State 0- Boise State put up 41 in the first half, the other 7 early in the third quarter, and shut it down from there. Read Post
The WAC is into full-blown league play, which means only four games this weekend.
4:00 PM- Idaho at Louisiana Tech: La Tech showed it’s first signs of life last week when they knocked off Utah State, while Idaho comes in off a bye week, beating Western Michigan handily two weeks ago. Line: Idaho by 1. The Vandals [...]
Five teams have reached the halfway point of the last WAC season as we know it- Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, San Jose State, and Utah State. The rest reach the midpoint on Saturday, for a nice, normal split.
Record: 4-2, 2-0 WAC
Highlights: Tough road wins at Army and Fresno State, leading the country in passing offense, 11th nationally in scoring offense.
Weak Points: Bad loss at Colorado, running game is 117th, defense is below average, kick returns are terrible.
Grade: A. Hawaii has looked very strong against decent WAC teams, and hasn’t lost a non-BCS game yet. Not sure if they can compete with Nevada and Boise, but we’re about to find out.
Remaining Games: Nevada, at Utah State, Idaho, at Boise State, San Jose State, at New Mexico State, UNLV
Best Case: 6-1 and the Hawaii Bowl (if they’re eligible, that’s where they go). I don’t think they win out, but they could potentially steal one from the WAC leaders.
Worst Case: 4-3. Losses to Boise & Nevada and a surprise from one of the other five.
Prediction: 5-2. I think they’ll take a loss this weekend, and in Boise, but nobody else on their schedule is playing as well as the Warriors. 9-4 on the season and comfortably playing in their home bowl game.
Record: 2-4, 1-1 WAC
Highlights: Surprise win over Utah State, #4 rushing offense in the WAC.
Weak Points: Nearly everything, statistically. Read Post