We are down to the final undefeated team in the Mountain West Conference after Air Force lost to Wyoming. Outside of that upset win for the Cowboys, a few other underdogs asserted themselves in another wild week of MWC football.
Let’s take a look what we learned during week six of the MWC schedule.
Another undefeated chokes in a disappointing loss:
Last week, it was San Diego State that they away hopes at an undefeated season with a terrible loss to a bad South Alabama squad. This week, Air Force decided to follow suit and fall on the road to Wyoming. This loss is a tiny bit more excusable as Wyoming is a solid team compared to South Alabama. Air Force fell behind and struggled in playing catch up all day long, something that is even tougher in a option based attack.
The loss is devastating for the Falcons, but all is not lost. They can still win the Commander-in-Chief Trophy and face off versus Boise State in the season finale with the division title on the line. No team on the schedule, save Army, is a tough matchup for the Falcons, making the surprise loss to Wyoming that much more devastating. Expect Air Force to regroup and finish 11-1 heading into the season finale versus Boise State.
Hawaii leads the West Division:
Sure, the Rainbow Warriors hold sole possession of the west due to the fact that San Diego State has only played one conference game, but 2-0 is 2-0. Two wins in conference play are already two more than last season’s 0-8 conference record. In addition, Hawaii is sitting at 3-3 on the season with a far fetched chance to earn a bowl bid for the first time since 2010.
They play the rare 13 game regular season schedule, so I will have to research whether they need six or seven wins to become bowl eligible. If it is only six, they have very winnable games versus UNLV, Fresno State, and UMass that could get them to 6-7 on the year. A toss-up versus New Mexico will be tough to win, while Air Force, SDSU, and Boise State are almost guaranteed losses.
Boise State keeps rolling:
This week saw Boise State travel to New Mexico to face a Lobos team that upset them a year ago. There would be no repeat as the Broncos put up 35 first half points in cruising to a 49-21 win that wasn’t even that close. Boise State is sitting at 5-0 on the year and are one of only two G5 programs to make it to this point undefeated.
The Broncos are #15 in the latest AP Top 25 poll and are heavy favorites in all but one game to finish the regular season. If they are able to get by BYU on a Thursday night matchup, they should not be challenged again until the season finale at Air Force. An undefeated season, a MWC title, and a NY6 bowl are well within reason for the Broncos.