2022 Wyoming Football Schedule

2022 Wyoming Football Schedule Cowboys new group of players getting ready for this year. Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Who does Wyoming play this year? Wyoming has a fairly manageable non-conference schedule and a solid home slate to start …

2022 Wyoming Football Schedule


Cowboys new group of players getting ready for this year.


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Who does Wyoming play this year?

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Wyoming has a fairly manageable non-conference schedule and a solid home slate to start the year with three of four in Laramie. The non-conference play features one Power 5 team in Illinois — who is very beatable — then Tulsa, Northern Colorado and former WAC and Mountain West rival BYU.

In West Division play, the Cowboys will play San Jose State, Hawaii, and Fresno State. They miss Nevada, UNLV and San Diego State.

Aug 27 at Illinois

Sept 3 Tulsa

Sept 10 Northern Colorado

Sept 17 Air Force

Sept 24 at BYU

Oct 1 San Jose State

Oct 8 at New Mexico

Oct 15 OPEN DATE

Oct 22 Utah State

Oct 29 at Hawaii

Nov 5 OPEN DATE

Nov 12 at Colorado State

Nov 19 Boise State

Nov 26 at Fresno State


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PODCAST: Colorado State Is Looking Into Allegations Regarding Race, Violating COVID Protocols

Colorado State athletic department is having issues of racial abuse and violating COVID-19 protocols.

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PODCAST: Colorado State Is Looking Into Allegations Regarding Race, Violating COVID Protocols


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Colorado State having an internal investigation

Matt and Jeremy are joined by our Colorado State writer Josh Fredlund to discuss the allegations put on the Colorado State. The issues started with COVID-19 protocols allegedly being violated by the coaching staff. That started an investigation but that was not all. There are also allegations of racial issues within the program.

There are a lot of players and coaches who back new head coach Steve Addazio so there is something going on in the program. There is a lot to figure out and the school is looking into the football department and the athletic department as this is not all encompassed within the athletic department.

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Mountain West Looking At Football Scheduling Options

Mountain West Looking At Football Scheduling Options There are three scenarios being considered. Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire How many games? The Power 5 conferences have all come out and declared what type of schedule that will be played …

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Mountain West Looking At Football Scheduling Options


There are three scenarios being considered.


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How many games?

The Power 5 conferences have all come out and declared what type of schedule that will be played as have two of the non-power leagues. The Mountain West has lost a total of 23 games between the Power 5 conferences.

The league is expected to announce on Wednesday for what the schedule would be, and Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger has the details of the three options.

 

These options make the most sense and playing 10 games is a good number as it is in line with the rest of the Power — except the ACC which currently is trying 11 games.

The Mountain West has one team that desperately would want to play two non-conference games and that is Air Force who annually plays Navy and Army for the Commander-In-Chief award. So, the league might be sympathetic to the Falcons and try to allow them to play those two games.

Overall, none of the options are bad because football beats no football but the non-conference aspect of playing two will be difficult for some teams that have lost multiple out of league games, and playing 10 games within the Mountain West makes the most sense as no team would need to go out and add a last-minute opponent.

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Nevada Football: Previewing The Wolf Pack Offense In 2020

Nevada Football: Previewing The Wolf Pack Offense In 2020 The Nevada Wolf Pack head into the 2020 season with potentially one of the best offenses in the Mountain West. We preview this offense heading into the 2020 season. Contact/Follow …

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The Nevada Wolf Pack head into the 2020 season with potentially one of the best offenses in the Mountain West. We preview this offense heading into the 2020 season.

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Previewing The Wolf Pack Offense In 2020

The Nevada Wolf Pack are headed into the 2020 season looking to improve on their 7-6 record in 2019. Last season, Nevada did have their moments where they struggled and looked bad such as the games against Oregon and Hawaii. However, the Wolf Pack did improve late in the season and notch impressive road wins over San Diego State and Fresno State to become bowl eligible. 

This year, the Wolf Pack are welcoming back some talented players who are looking to take that next step and compete for a Mountain West conference championship. And in the Western division of the Mountain West where four of the six teams are breaking in new head coaches, this could be the year Nevada breaks through and wins the West division.

In this article, I will be previewing the Nevada offense as they look to have the talent to win the West division and play for a Mountain West championship in 2020.

OFFENSE

Heading into the 2019 season, the Wolf Pack were dealing with a quarterback conundrum as they were searching to see who would be the starting quarterback to replace Ty Gangi who had graduated.

Cristian Solano, Malik Henry and Carson Strong all got to start at least one game at quarterback for Nevada early in the season. By the end of the 2019 season, Strong ended up being the full time starter at quarterback for Nevada. Strong started in ten games in his freshman season and threw for 2,335 yards and threw for 11 touchdowns against seven interceptions. 

Strong did start the season opener against Purdue and was excellent throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Boilermakers. However, Strong struggled in his next three games against Oregon, Weber State and Hawaii as he threw five interceptions and zero touchdowns,

After not starting for two games due to injury, Strong came back to start but struggled once again in a loss to Wyoming. But after that Wyoming game, Strong played well down the stretch as he threw eight touchdown passes and only one interception  as Nevada won three of their last five games to become bowl eligible.

In the upset victory on the road over San Diego State, Strong had a fine outing going 19 of 26 passing for 147 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Aztecs. Strong had a solid freshman year but needs to continue his stellar play in order for the Wolf Pack to compete for a conference title in 2020.

 

Running Backs

In the running back department, the Wolf Pack welcome back a pair of hard-hitting runners in sophomores Toa Taua and Devontae Lee. In 2019 Taua ran for 807 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns last year and while the numbers are fine, it was a step down from his freshman campaign. 

Taua’s 2019 rushing numbers were down from his sensational freshman campaign in 2018 where he ran for 872 yards and his average yards per attempt was 4.9 yards. In 2019 Taua’s rushing yards per attempt went down to 4.1. Taua is still one of the talented running backs in the Mountain West but he needs to return to his performance as a freshman in order for Nevada to take that leap forward. 

Backing Taua up at running back is fellow sophomore Devontae Lee. Lee is a wrecking ball with legs when he is carrying the football. Lee ran for 302 yards and led the team in rushing touchdowns with seven in 2019. Lee, unlike Taua, saw his yards per attempt go up in 2019 as he went from 4.2 yards per carry in 2018 to 4.5 yards per carry in 2019.

Taua and Lee are a running back tandem that has the makings of being one of the best in the Mountain West. Two questions that need to be answered is can Taua bounce back from a disappointing sophomore season and who will be the third running back for Nevada?

With Jaxson Kincade transferring to Western Michigan, the Wolf Pack will need to find a third running back to step up and time will tell if Avery Morrow, Terrell Johnson or Wes Kommer can step in and be that third running back.

 

Wide Receivers

The Nevada wide receiver group in my opinion is the best unit in the Mountain West conference heading into the 2020 season. And the two stars of that receiver group are Elijah Cooks and Romeo Doubs. In 2019 Cooks caught 76 passes for 926 yards and eight touchdowns while Doubs caught 44 passes for 649 yards and four touchdowns. 

Some other interesting stats courtesy of the 2020 Nevada football preview podcast by Jeremy Mauss and Matt Kenerly, is that in 2019, both Doubs and Cooks combined for 24 catches of 20 yards or more. Also after November 1st of 2019, Cooks averaged eight catches and 100 yards per game for Nevada.

Cooks and Doubs (who missed the last two games due to injury) make up a very talented wide receiver duo that gives Nevada more than a good chance of winning the West division in 2019.

The key now is for Nevada’s AirWolf offense to find a third, fourth and fifth receiver to really get the offense going. Look for returning receivers Melquan Stovall and Cole Turner along with true freshmen receivers Jamaal Ball and Issac Jernigan to compete for starting time.

Offensive Line

No matter how talented the Wolf Pack skill position players are, their talent can’t be utilized to achieve maximum success without a solid, functional offensive line.

In 2019, the Wolf Pack offensive line was a mostly inconsistent unit and that inconsistency was heightened when left tackle Jake Nelson missed the remainder of the season with an injury. The Wolf Pack offense had difficulty protecting the quarterback as they gave up 33 sacks in 2019 which placed them last in the Mountain West in that category. 

When it came to establishing the running attack, the Wolf Pack struggled in that department in 2019 as well. Per the advanced stats, the Wolf Pack were 120th and 122nd in line yards per carry and opportunity rate, respectively.

And going back to the regular stats, the Wolf Pack offense was 11th in the Mountain West is yards per play at 5.02 yards per play. Only the San Diego State Aztecs were worse in that category at 4.78 yards per play. Also, due to the inconsistent offensive line play, the Wolf Pack were last in the Mountain West in rushing yards per attempt at 3.37. 

Despite the struggles on the offensive line which resulted in the offense taking a step back in 2018, the Wolf Pack does return all five starters from last season and due to injury the Wolf Pack does have more than a few players who have playing experience. At tackle, Miles Beach and Nate Brown both return to bolster the Wolf Pack offensive line that is nicknamed “The Union”.

The center position is still in flux as both Nate Edwards and Ty Orsini are listed as the starting center. Once the center position is settled, the Wolf Pack must improve their offensive line play in 2020 in order to be in the hunt for a Mountain West championship.

 

Final Thoughts

Heading into the 2020 season (assuming the season starts and ends on time) the Wolf Pack on paper are one of the most interesting teams in the Mountain West. On the offensive side of the ball they have the talent at the skills position to compete with Hawaii and San Diego State for a division title. 

But the running game and the offensive line must improve from a lackluster 2019 for the Wolf Pack to take that next step and  play for a Mountain West title. Carson Strong has the tools to be one of the best quarterbacks in the conference but he must continue his excellent play from late last season when he threw eight touchdowns and one interception.

If the offensive line and running game get back to the great play from 2018 and Strong and those receivers play well, you could see the Wolf Pack play for a chance to win the Mountain West conference in 2020.

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NCAA Has Six-Week Plan For Returning To Football

College football has a plan to return and start on time.

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Six-week plan is taking place.


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If approved, college football could be back.

Schools from across the NCAA, plus the Mountain West, are slowly returning to campuses for voluntary workouts through June and July. That is the first step in making sure college football is going to return as normal, but the big picture of getting players in shape was said to be six weeks.

The NCAA is close to approving a plan that will allow for a six-week restart period for college football.

“We’re 90 percent there,” Shane Lyons, the West Virginia athletic director and chair of the Oversight Committee, told Sports Illustrated.

This is great news and it shows that there is a plan to start the college football season on times, but fans in attendance are a big question mark.

Teams can begin fall camp 29 days before the season begins. For those Mountain West teams that have a Week 0 game which includes Hawaii, UNLV, New Mexico, and Nevada, that means they can start practices on July 31 for fall camp.

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However, players and coaches meet two weeks before fall camp, on a limited basis. The breakdown is eight hours a week of training, one hour a day of walk-through, and one hour per day of meetings.

This is the plan in place but it is not sure. What can derail this plan is if there is a spike of players who test positive for COVID-19. There have been some campuses re-open with positives tests from players coming back and working out.

What will determine next is how these schools care for those players and others. Those players who got sick and others nearby will be quarantined for two weeks as is the protocol. The amount per school, so far, has not been all that high which is a positive thing. Constant testing and keeping safe and things clean will determine if the college football season will start on time.

Also, what could derail this plan is if COVID-19 cases spike in the city and state of these schools. So, it is more than having these athletes safe but those in the surrounding area need to do their best to keep positive tests to a minimum.

All signs point to being on track but we are going through a week-by-week process for getting college sports back.

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2020 Mountain West Football All-Recruiting Team

2020 Mountain West Football All-Recruiting Team Who were the best players per position? Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Creating a future all-conference team? National signing day is in the books and now is a time to over exaggerate and look …

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2020 Mountain West Football All-Recruiting Team


Who were the best players per position?


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Creating a future all-conference team?

National signing day is in the books and now is a time to over exaggerate and look into the future at what players are the best at their position. With that, we created an all-conference team among the best recruits and to figure out who is the best we used 247 Sports composite rankings to create this newcomer all-conference team.

There are likely to be a handful of more players who sign but the odds of them making this list is fairly low.

OFFENSE

QB Gavin Beerup, Wyoming

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RB John Gentry, Utah State

RB Nathaniel Jones, New Mexico

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WR LaTrell Caples, Boise State

WR Justin McGriff, Utah State 

TE Alex Lines, UNLV

ATH Quin Bright, Hawaii

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OT Brandon Hernandez, Boise State

OG Kyle Juergens, Boise State

C Wesley Ndago, Air Force

 OG Tai Marks, Colorado State

OT Joey Wright, San Diego State

DEFENSE

DE LeShaun Bell, UNLV

DT Herbert Gums, Boise State

DT Divine Obichere, Boise State & Jay Kakiva, San Jose State

DE Blake Burris, Air Force

LB Brennon Scott, UNLV

LB Vai Kaho, San Diego State

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LB Kobah Fuamatu, San Diego State

CB Donovan Clark, Boise State

S Semaj Verner, Boise State

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S Jalen Apalit-Williams, San Jose State

CB Rodney Robinson, Boise State & Xavier Carter, Wyoming

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Boise State Football: A Way Too Early Projection Of The 2020 Depth Chart

The defending Mountain West champions will have to reload after another banner year. We predict how the Broncos might do so.

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Boise State Football: A Way Too Early Projection of the 2020 Depth Chart


The defending Mountain West champions will have to reload after another banner year. Here’s how we think the Broncos might do so.


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An early guess as to what the Broncos will look like in 2020.

Folks, its almost February and that means it is time to start getting ready for the 2020 Boise State Broncos football season. The way, way too early depth chart is a yearly tradition for us here at Mountain West Wire where we make inferences about who we might see on the field well before spring camp is under way.

For a look back, here are our previous attempts at a way too early Bronco depth chart: 2019, 2018 defense, and 2018 offense

Unlike last year, we did not have major disputes at QB1 or RB1 but disagreed on a few other crucial positions and did vary considerably on how we saw the second string playing out.

Please note that the three of us do not have any insider information and are basing these depth charts purely on our fanatical obsession with Bronco football. Additionally, the signing and transfer periods have not finished, so there may be many changes between what we predict now and where the depth chart stands on September 5th when Boise State takes the field versus Georgia Southern.

Returning starters from 2019 are italicized.

Offense

Quarterback

QB1: Hank Bachmeier, Soph.
QB2: Chase Cord, RS Jr.
QB3: Cade Fennegan, Fr.

Others Considered: Zach Matlock, RS Soph.; Riley Smith, RS Soph.

Analysis: While the Broncos do lose interim starter Jaylon Henderson and his extremely efficient 1,080 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, Boise State does return starter Hank Bachmeier. Bachmeier had a terrific freshman year with 1,879 yards and nine touchdowns against six interceptions. Chase Cord also put up good numbers, as well, though he is dealing with a shoulder injury this offseason.

Confidence: Very high. While there may be some concern with the lack of a proven third-string quarterback, Boise State fans should feel very good with Bachmeier back at the helm and Cord as his backup. If Bachmeier can work with his offensive line to learn how to take less hits, Hank has all the tools to put up record breaking stats in 2020.

Running back

RB1: George Holani, Soph.
RB2: Robert Mahone, RS Sr.
RB3: Andrew Van Buren, Jr.

Others Considered: Danny Smith, RS Soph.

Analysis: Holani kept Boise State’s 1,000-yard runner streak alive by getting more and more carries as the year went along last season. Like Bachmeier, Holani was a true freshman and we should expect him to only improve in his sophomore campaign. Mahone dealt with injuries late in the 2019 campaign, but he still had 501 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns, including a tremendous performance in the first game of the year at Florida State, where he racked up 169 total yards and two touchdowns. Van Buren, meanwhile, showed growth in his sophomore campaign.

Confidence: Extremely high. Holani appears to be on his way to following Jay Ajayi, Jeremy McNichols, and Alexander Mattison’s path to NFL stardom. If he can stay healthy, he should notch another 1,000 yard rushing year and work his way onto an all-conference team. Mahone, Van Buren, and Smith should be able to handle the load as reserves behind Holani.

Wide receiver

WR1 (X): Khalil Shakir, Jr.
WR2 (X): Stefan Cobbs, RS Soph.

WR1 (H): CT Thomas, Sr.
WR2 (H): Billy Bowens, RS Soph.

WR1 (Z): Octavius Evans, Sr.
WR2 (Z): Khyheem Waleed, RS Fr.

Others Considered: Shea Whiting, RS Fr.; LaTrell Caples, Fr.

Analysis: John Hightower, Shakir, and Thomas racked up 2,337 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019. While Hightower has graduated and is likely off to the NFL, Shakir has all the talent to step into the star wide receiver role. Evans also chipped in 211 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Confidence: Absurdly high. Shakir is a superstar and he is going to prove it in 2020. Hightower’s loss does hurt, but the Broncos have recruited this position extremely well. Shakir, Thomas, Evans, and Cobbs will likely all contribute, but expect another younger wide receiver to break through and show flashes of future stardom. This is likely the Broncos’ greatest position of strength.

Tight end

TE1: John Bates, RS Sr.
TE2: Tyneil Hopper, RS Soph.
TE3: Cole Ramseyer, RS Soph.

Others Considered: Riley Smith, RS Soph.; Kaden Deluna, RS Soph.

Analysis: John Bates was listed at TE1 for most of 2019 and led the team in receptions from the position in 2019. He returns in 2020. The Broncos use the tight end position in a very versatile manner and departed senior Garret Collingham was the all-purpose tight end while Matt Pistone was the fullback/tight end hybrid. Hopper was a highly touted recruit, but played only sparingly in 2019.

Confidence: Feel alright. Bates is a huge target and had 22 catches in 2019. He will continue to be a great safety weapon for Bachmeier and Cord. I do expect Hopper to take a step forward as the more experienced players above him on the depth chart have left. It will be interesting to see how the Broncos fill the Pistone blocking role, but there is some talent at this position. Smith was a quarterback who moved over to the tight end spot in the middle of last season.

Offensive line

LT1: John Ojukwu, RS Jr.
LT2: Nick Crabtree, RS Sr.

LG1: Jake Stetz, RS Sr.
LG2: Ben Dooley, RS Fr.

C1: Kekaniokoa Holomalia-Gonzalez, RS Soph.
C2: Donte Harrington, RS Sr.

RG1: Donte Harrington, RS Sr.
RG2: Riden Leong, Jr.

RT1: Garret Curran, RS Soph.
RT2: Kole Bailey, RS Sr.

Others Considered: Dallas Holiday, RS Soph.; Jacob Golden, RS Fr.; Keegan Ulrich, RS Soph.; Brandon Hernandez, Fr.

Analysis: The offensive line was an area of much concern in 2019 as highlights of Bachmeier getting hit dominated the early season. Much of this can be blamed on Bachmeier’s youth since the line improved tremendously under both Cord and Henderson. The unit also did well in opening holes for the run game. Left tackle Ezra Cleveland departs Boise State after his junior to enter the NFL draft and the Broncos only return one starter on the offensive line from 2019.

Confidence: Guarded optimism. The line had some issues in 2019 but was statistically solid. Ojukwu is a known commodity and is a solid player. Stetz and KHG both got playing time last year and Harrington was a solid starter in 2018 before missing 2019 due to injury. Many of 2019’s struggles may get fixed with Bachmeier’s continued development and coaching. The staff at Boise State will likely make improved offensive line play a priority heading into 2020.

Mountain West Football Championship: Boise State Defeats Hawaiii, 31-10

The Broncos claimed their third outright conference title in a convincing win over the Warriors on Saturday afternoon.

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Mountain West Football Championship: Boise State Defeats Hawaii, 31-10


The Broncos claimed their third outright conference title in a convincing win over the Warriors on Saturday afternoon.


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A runaway victory for the boys in blue.

The Boise State Broncos rode a strong defensive performance, complete with multiple red zone stands, to beat the Hawaii Warriors, 31-10, and win the 2019 Mountain West football championship.

Boise State finished the game with only a slight advantage in terms of total offense, outgaining the Warriors 364-320, but the defense held firm on three different drives that reached inside the 40-yard line, including two goal line stands in the early second and early third quarter. The third stop came courtesy of Kekoa Nawahine, who intercepted a Cole McDonald pass that the offense would turn into a touchdown of its own.

Unlike the first matchup between these two teams, McDonald got off to a fairly strong start overall but tailed off as the Warriors fell behind and were forced to throw. He completed 15 of his first 22 passes, but six straight incompletions and a fumble forced by Sonatane Lui proved too much to overcome and he finished 20-of-36 for 241 yards with zero touchdowns.

Jaylon Henderson, meanwhile, kept the Warriors defense on its heels with both his arm and his legs, completing 21-of-30 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns and an interception by Kai Kaneshiro. He also ran for 51 yards on 14 carries, absorbing just one sack from Jonah Laulu, while combining with running back George Holani to average 3.9 yards per carry.

Khalil Shakir also had a standout performance for the Broncos in scoring twice, first to give Boise State a 10-3 lead in the second quarter and again in the third quarter to put the rout on for good, while contributing 99 all-purpose yards. Miles Reed led Hawaii with 87 rushing yards on 12 carries, while Jason-Matthew Sharsh led Warriors receivers with 74 yards on seven catches.

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How to Watch, Livestream the Mountain West Football Championship

The Boise State Broncos and Hawaii Warriors face off for the Mountain West title on Saturday. Here’s how to tune in to watch or listen.

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How to Watch, Livestream the Mountain West Football Championship


The Boise State Broncos and Hawaii Warriors face off for the Mountain West title on Saturday. Here’s how to tune in to watch or listen.


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Don’t miss the big game.

2019 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Hawaii Warriors (9-4, 5-3 Mountain West) vs. #19 Boise State Broncos (11-1, 8-0 MW)

WHEN: Saturday, December 7 — 2:00 PM MT/1:00 PM PT/11:00 AM HT

WHERE: Albertsons Stadium; Boise, Idaho (36,387)

TV: ESPN

STREAMING: Many cable providers should enable viewers to tune in to the game via the ESPN app for Apple and Android or at ESPN.com/watch. Alternatively, you can get a free seven-day trial of FuboTV by clicking here.

RADIO: The Hawaii broadcast can be found on ESPN Honolulu, 1420 AM and 92.7 FM, while the Boise State broadcast can be found on the affiliates of the Bronco Sports Network, including the flagship 940 AM (KBOI).

Both radio broadcasts can be streamed online, as well. The Boise State broadcast can be found on TuneIn and the Hawaii broadcast can be found through ESPN Honolulu‘s official website.

SERIES RECORD: Boise State leads the series 13-3. In the last meeting on October 12, 2019, the Broncos defeated the Warriors, 59-37, in Boise.

LAST WEEK: Hawaii defeated Army at home, 52-31, while Boise State won on the road at Colorado State, 31-24.

WEBSITES: HawaiiAthletics.com, the official Hawaii athletics website | BroncoSports.com, the official Boise State athletics website

GAME NOTES (PDF): Hawaii | Boise State

ODDS (via OddsShark): Boise State -13.5

SP+ PROJECTION: Boise State by 13.3 (78% win probability)

FEI PROJECTION: Boise State by 15.4

Championship Saturday is finally at our doorstep, which means that the Hawaii Warriors and Boise State Broncos will put it all on the line to claim the Mountain West football crown.

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Rather than concluding the last big day of football games, however, the game will kick off in the daytime, probably under gray skies, this time around. It appears both teams will have to deal with rainy conditions on the blue, which could have an effect on they approach things when they have the ball on offense.

If you plan to tune in, you’ll want to head to ESPN in order to do so and see whether the Warriors can claim their first outright title since 2007 or if the Broncos can take their last biggest step toward claiming a bid in the Cotton Bowl.

2019 Mountain West Football Championship Game Roundtable

2019 Mountain West Football Championship Game Roundtable Our staff breaks down the championship game. Contact/Follow @MWCwire The burning questions are answered. The Mountain West title game is this weekend and with just the one game we had our …

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2019 Mountain West Football Championship Game Roundtable


Our staff breaks down the championship game.


Contact/Follow @MWCwire

The burning questions are answered.

The Mountain West title game is this weekend and with just the one game we had our staff members answer a set of questions. Everyone will introduce themselves first and answer the questions.

@RajaBleedsBlue

Introduction: Hi my name is Raja and I am an Army Vet and Boise State graduate.  While I do sincerely attempt to give honest opinions on the football teams of the Mountain West, I am a Boise State graduate and earned the right to be a cocky and arrogant fan. And yes it is fantastic to once again be hosting the Mountain West Championship game, which I will of course be attending.

@BrandonGBlake

My name is Brandon B and I write for the Nevada Wolf Pack for both football and basketball . I am from Florida and went to the University of Florida but before I moved to Florida, I spent several years out west and was a big fan of the old Western Athletic Conference and I am forever a fan of west coast football and especially the Mountain West.

Sean O’Toole

My name is Sean O’Toole and I contribute to the MWC Wire by writing about the Air Force football team. In full transparency, I have no military, academic or athletic ties to the USAFA or any team in the Conference as I am a Penn State grad. I have however been a fan and followed the Falcons since back into the Fisher DeBerry era, and from there developed an affinity for the MWC as a whole. 

@ErwinSports

I’m Erwin Mendoza, and I cover San Diego State for MW Wire. I graduated from SDSU around the same time as Kawhi Leonard. I also take my UNLV, San Jose State, and Craig Thompson slander slightly seriously.

@Pbake14

I’m Preston Baker, I cover Hawaii for MW Wire. I have no true connection to Hawaii or the Mountain West conference as a whole. I’m a high school student in Michigan, and look for any sports writing related gigs I can find. I was a big Colt Brennan fan as a little kid, but that’s about the extent of my connection to the team. 

@TedMcGovern

Hi, my name is Ted McGovern. I’m a San Diego State grad and #aztecforlife.  I cover SDSU football, basketball, and key sports highlights. I rowed for the SDSU Crew team as an undergrad. I love watching sports; making fun of BYU, and getting Boise State die-hards like Raja to pour powerade all over themselves. It’s not that I think Craig Thompson is the “antichrist” but he is not “living his best life” and we’re all suffering through watching more sports on sketchy media like Stadium for it.  As the Mountain West programs get stronger our visibility needs to improve.

@JeremyMauss

I am Jeremy Mauss and am the managing editor for the site and have been covering the Mountain West for just over a decade back when the league looked quite different in terms of the team makeup. Officially a University of Utah guy when I started this thing yet despite that I am called a homer for probably every league in the team, so there is that. 

@erik_smiley54

My name is Erik and I cover Boise State. I have lived in the Midwest for the vast majority of my life but spent a little time in the west coast. I have been a fan of Boise State since the tail end of the Dan Hawkins era.

@Logantj

I’m Logan Jones, Utah State football and hoops contributor for MW Wire. I’ve been covering Aggie football in some capacity since my freshman year back in 2013 — so just after the magical 2012 season but just in time for the Kent Myers experience. Originally from Oregon, I enjoy staying relatively neutral on most MW squabbles while anxiously waiting for Oregon State to stop being the Utah State of the Pac-12. Matt Wells did nothing wrong.

@J0shFr3d

I’m Josh Fredlund, Colorado State football and basketball contributor for MW Wire. I’ve been covering Colorado State since mid-2016. Graduated from Colorado State and know when to pick my battles when it comes to this team, except whenever I can antagonize Raj (Boise is not a state).

1. Are you surprised that Boise State or Hawaii are in the title game?

@RajaBleedsBlue

Hawaii surprised me this season.  The schedule was tough and I saw the Warriors winning between 5 and 7 games and fighting for bowl eligibility.  I was wrong and Coach Rolovich has done a great job getting his team back on track. They aren’t ‘there’ yet but definitely a team on the rise.  Boise State is no surprise and as a Bronco, I was offended that some media folks had the audacity to vote for Utah State in the preseason poll to win the Mountain Division.

@BrandonGBlake

I am not surprised that Boise State is in the title game because they have shown themselves to be the best team in the conference. A few hiccups here and there such as the BYU loss this season but despite that, the Broncos being in the championship game is not a surprise to me.

Hawaii being in the championship game is a surprise to me because I had them as at least third in the conference behind Fresno State and San Diego State. Fresno State collapsed and Hawaii defeated San Diego State to win the West division and now here we are Hawaii in the championship game. Who knew?

Sean O’Toole

 

I am not surprised to see Boise State in the title game, they are the class of the conference and epitomize consistency dating back to the Hawkins era. I am however a little surprised to see Hawai’i opposite the Broncos, but not shocked. After the down years that had plagued the Bow’s until the Rolo era, its good to see them resurface as a contender. 

@ErwinSports

Hawaii in the title game just because San Diego State had this lined up until they stopped scoring. Boise State had an easier path to get to the title game.

@Pbake14

I’d honestly be more surprised if Boise State wasn’t in the title game. They’ve shown again and again that they’re the predator, not the prey in the conference. Hawaii on the other hand is a surprise. A new coach, uncertainty on the starting quarterback and general fuzziness about the team makes this conference championship appearance no easy feat. This should be a good stepping stone for the Warriors, even if they can’t pull through. 

@TedMcGovern

I’m not surprised by the matchup but very disappointed my Aztecs didn’t beat Hawaii for a chance to spank Boise State on the blue turf just like we did at last matchup.  Yet in full disclosure: I’m very impressed with what Nick Rolovich has done at Hawaii, and considering how poorly our offense performed SDSU didn’t deserve to beat Hawaii.  Rolovich is an odd duck, but I like him and a formidable Hawaii team makes the Mountain West stronger and more interesting

@MattK_FS

 I’m not much surprised by Boise State since, in preseason, I’d projected them to roll through conference play undefeated. Hawaii, on the other hand, felt impossible to predict and, even in spite of winning the West for the first time, remained impossible as the season wore on. If the passing game wasn’t throwing for four touchdowns a week, it was turning it over four times instead, but I give them credit for overcoming those swings and keeping it together when things mattered most.

 

@JeremyMauss

It should never be shocked when Boise State is in the Mountain West title game. They are appearing in its third-straight title game and are usually frontrunner each year. 

As for Hawaii, it is fairly surprising they are in the championship game. We knew the offense would be better and a tough challenge but they were more of a dark horse but be behind San Diego State and Fresno State.

@Logantj

Nobody is surprised to see Boise State in this game, though I’m sure Air Force diehards sensed a crack in the armor early in the year. The Broncos are complete team and handled their business as usual. Hawaii isn’t surprising to me either, being the best offense in its division with enough firepower to overcome a leaky defense and surpass pretenders Fresno and SDSU.

@J0shFr3d

I’m not surprise Boise is in the title game, I am surprise Hawaii is. Hawaii has been an improved squad since Rolovich became the head coach, but I thought they would be a year away from contending for the West Division. Hawaii’s offense has been impressive from the start, so it’s nice to see their defense catch up a little bit.

@erik_smiley54

I’m fairly surprised that Hawaii has made it. They have been on the rise had the offense to complete, but their defense could never stop anyone. This year their defense has found a way to limit opponents and come up with a big play when it is needed. As for Boise State, I had them picked to win the Mountain Division and conference before the season had started.