MW football power rankings

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

Rocky Long

1. San Diego State (4-1, 1-0): The Aztecs go to Boise State with backups at quarterback, running back and fullback and win. San Diego State may not be the most dynamic offensive team, but coach Rocky Long’s 3-3-5 defense once again proved it is legit.

2. Fresno State (4-1, 1-0): This may be the most complete team in the MW right now. A lot of numbers back that up, but here are two that standout — 15.6 points allowed and 40.2 points scored per game.  

3. Utah State (4-1, 1-0): I wanted to see the Aggies win on the road, and they delivered with a 45-20 win at BYU where the score wasn’t indicative of the beat down they handed the Cougars.

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Wyoming at Hawaii – pregame reading

Some notes and quotes for Wyoming’s football game tonight at Hawaii. Kick off is at 10 p.m. MT (6 p.m. in Honolulu. There is no regular TV coverage for us not in Hawaii. You can watch the game on a phone or tablet using the Stadium app, which is a free download. Here is a link in how to do that — if you haven’t already.

http://themw.com/sports/2018/9/5/where-to-watch-hawaii-football-on-spectrum.aspx

Craig Bohl

— “Your time table gets changed. Young people probably adapt better than coaches. You’re dealing with a four-hour time change. Getting players acclimated to a big time change is a challenge.” — fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl

See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for my story on not just the time change, but other challenges UW and other teams face when having to travel to Hawaii to play football.

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Wyoming at Missouri – pregame reading

Some notes and quotes leading up to Wyoming’s football game at Missouri Saturday. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. MT from Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri.

— “We had too many mental mistakes and shot ourselves in the foot. Too many penalties and too many third downs we didn’t covernt. We know we can do better and hold ourselves to ta higher standard. We didn’t play up tot hat standard.” — UW redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal on last week’s 41-19 loss to Washington State. Many UW fans are frustrated with the offensive play-calling and not seeing much from Vander Waal throwing the ball over the first two games. I wrote a column on that earlier this week. Here’s the link:

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Washington State 41, Wyoming 19 – postgame thoughts

For a while it looked like Wyoming might end a long drought in terms of wins over schools from Power 5 conferences. It led 16-13 at halftime — after getting down 10-0. It took the second-half kickoff and made a field goal to extend the lead to 19-13.

But the wheels feel off after that as Washington State scored touchdowns on four of its five second-half offensive possession for a 41-19 victory in front of a nice crowd of 24,131 at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

Here is fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl after the game.

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Wyoming 29, New Mexico State 7 – postgame thoughts

It was an impressive first game for the Wyoming Cowboys with a 29-7 victory at New Mexico State Saturday night.

The defense held New Mexico State to 135 yards and minus-9 yards rushing. It was the fewest yards since allowing 100 against Virginia in the 2007 season opener. UW’s school record for fewest rushing yards allowed is -104 yards vs. Utah State on Sept. 21, 1968, in a 48-3 win in Laramie. Virginia had -7 yards rushing in the 2007 game.

The Cowboys scored a safety against New Mexico State after senior defensive end Carl Granderson tackled New Mexico State junior running back Jason Huntley in the end zone in the first quarter. UW didn’t force a turnover, but perhaps that is being a bit knit-picky.

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UW at New Mexico State – pregame reading

Football is back!!

Wyoming opens the 2018 season tonight at 8 p.m. MT at New Mexico State in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

Here are some notes, quotes and links to some of the coverage during the week on wyosports.net leading up to the game.

— This is the earliest UW has ever started a season. It also is the last of four games to be played in college football’s “zero week.” The Cowboys’ earliest season-opener prior to this year was on Aug. 28, 1997 when it lost 24-10 at Ohio State in the inaugural Eddie Robinson Classic. That also was the last time I missed a UW season-opening game — home or away. I won’t get into the reasons why I am not at New Mexico State, but needless to say, I’m not happy about it.

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Wyoming 28, Utah State 23 – postgame thoughts

I know I’ve mentioned at other times this season how I was impressed with Wyoming’s toughness as a team. To me, that epitomized the Cowboys’ 28-23 win at Utah State.

UW was on the road at a place where it had lost three straight by an average of 32.5 points. It trailed for most of the game. The offense was spotty, once again. The defense was good, yet gassed for being on the field a lot.

But in the end, it found a way to win a road game. If UW wants to achieve its goals for this season, this was a game it had to win.

Here’s fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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UW football fall camp – Practice No. 23

Wyoming’s second-to-last practice of fall camp was held in spiders (lighter shoulder pads),  helmets and shorts Friday morning in War Memorial Stadium. It also included some controversy.

Here’s how fourth-year coach Craig Bohl explained that controversy, and other things from practice.

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UW football fall camp – Practice No. 9

Wyoming practiced in War Memorial Stadium Wednesday morning, and worked on some two-minute offense and the kicking game. The players worked out in “spiders,” which are smaller and lighter shoulder pads, helmets and shorts.

The construction progress continues for UW’s $44 High Altitude Performance Center, which is still set to open next summer. Here’s a picture of that from Wednesday’s practice:

Wyoming’s High Altitude Performance Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Photo by Robert Gagliardi

Here are some highlights of some drill work during practice:

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UW football fall camp – Practice 7

Temperatures in the high 50s, overcast and breezy — welcome to fall camp at Wyoming at 7,220 feet.

Those were the weather conditions Monday morning for the Cowboys seventh practice of camp. Junior outside linebacker Chavez Pownell Jr., who is from Florida, dressed like it was November instead of August, but joked that he probably over did it a little bit.

Here are some highlights from the early portions of practice:

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