Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Warriors Preview, How to Watch, Odds, Preview

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Week 13: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-9, 2-5) @ San Jose State Spartans (6-4, 4-3)

When: Saturday, November 26th – 12:30 PT

Where: CEFCU Stadium; San Jose, CA

How to Watch: Livestream on Team1Sports App

Odds: San Jose State -15  Over/Under 57

What a way to send a very deserving group of Seniors out in the home finale. Program pillars Blessman Taala, Micah Vanterpool and Ilm Manning along with twenty other seniors were honored during the Senior day festivities after a hard fought 31-25 victory over UNLV. These seniors not only have helped to set a solid foundation for head Coach Timmy Chang, but they played a big role in keeping this team together through the turmoil that went on last December. To say that the program has come a long way in a year would be an understatement. If you want to put a tag on this year’s squad, I think a pretty accurate description would be that this team plays together and they play hard and that personality can be attributed to this senior class. Mahalo Seniors for your contributions to the program. We wish you the best in all your future endeavors. 

 

This week, the Warriors hit the road to close out the 2022 campaign against the San Jose State Spartans led by former Hawaii co-captain and starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro. It is the elephant in the room and the biggest storyline of the game so let’s get that out of the way. We’ve seen local quarterback products like Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa go on to mainland Universities, have tremendous success and cheered them on as one of our own as they made the Islands proud with every touchdown throw and humility filled post-game interview. This however is a different and more unique situation. Unlike Mariota and Tagovailoa, Cordeiro chose to stay home and represent the home team. He did so for four seasons and in no way am I trying to downplay the importance of some of the big wins and memorable moments during his time in Manoa, but arguably his most impactful contribution to the program was leaving. His transfer was what sparked the transition into a new era of Hawaii football. An era we wished he could’ve been a part of, but also understand that he needed to do what he did. As a fan, I know that I appreciate Chevan’s contributions to the program, but it’s Bows over everything.

 

Cordeiro is as elusive as quarterbacks come. He has been especially dangerous in the redzone accounting for eight touchdowns on the ground this season. An emphasis needs to be put on containing him. Pass rushers need to be disciplined and whoever is playing the “spy” role needs to have a big game. Logan Taylor continued his streak of double digit tackle games against UNLV and he could be tasked with keeping an eye on the slippery quarterback. Last week the Warriors defensive front had one of their best games of the year with three sacks and seven tackles for loss. The Bows will need another strong effort from that group.


Cordeiro’s go-to-guy has been wide receiver Elijah Cooks. Cooks has been one of the best receivers in the conference with 862 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. He’s averaging over 16 yards per catch and is a big play threat down the field. Another interesting stat is that tight ends have accounted for 6 touchdowns this year. They are a big factor in the Spartan redzone attack and something to keep an eye on.

 

Offensively, Brayden Schager is coming off one of his best games as a Warrior after throwing for three touchdowns in the win over UNLV. He threw no interceptions but he did have a costly fumble that the Rebels picked up and returned for a touchdown, so there is still room to grow. What I liked is that he seems to be playing with more confidence now. It looks like he’s putting more zip on his ball, taking more shots down the field and trusting the offense and his abilities. Another thing I noticed is a little bit of a swagger for the first time after throwing the 55 yard touchdown to Zion Bowens. 

 

Taking shots down the field helped to open up space for the run game. Dedrick Parson ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, and Tylan Hines added 63 yards on just 9 carries. Parson has been solid this year and is averaging over 4.5 yards per carry this season. He has been the thunder and Hines has been the lightning with his explosive plays. I get on the edge of my seat when 24 gets the rock.

 

Win or lose, this is the last game of the season for the Bows as a bowl game is no longer in question. One more game for this respected group of seniors to cap off their collegiate careers. A win on the road, against a division rival would be a great way to end the season for the program and it would be the signature win in Timmy Chang’s inaugural season. Can the Warriors end their season strong and carry the momentum into a pivotal offseason? One last time for the seniors, let’s go Bows!


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Fresno State Vs Wyoming: Game Preview, How to Watch, Odds, Predictions

Fresno State Vs Wyoming: Game Preview, How to Watch, Odds, Predictions Fresno State looking to keep momentun Contact/Follow @MWCwire Week 13: Wyoming Cowboys (7-4, 5-2 MW) vs Fresno State Bulldogs (7-4, 6-1 MW) When: Friday, November 25th – 7:30 …

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Week 13:  Wyoming Cowboys (7-4, 5-2 MW) vs Fresno State Bulldogs (7-4, 6-1 MW)

When: Friday,  November 25th – 7:30 p.m. PT

Where: Valley Children’s Stadium Fresno, CA

TV: FS1

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Series Record: 8-5 Fresno State leads

Odds: -15 FSU

It’s Senior Night as the Bulldogs look for their seventh straight win. The Wyoming Cowboys are looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss to Boise State. Now the Cowboys will look to snap a three-game losing streak to Fresno State. Wyoming has only won once in Fresno.

Fast Start

It’s senior night and emotions will be flying high as this will be Jake Haener and Jordan Mims. and Jalen Cropper’s last game at Valley Children’s Stadium. Will the Bulldogs be locked in from the start or will they be emotional and out of it will be a big question.

With the Mountain West Championship, a week away will the Bulldogs look over Wyoming? The Cowboys have a legit defense and could give this Bulldogs offense some fits. The Dogs must come out of the gates ready to play. If the Offense is clicking on all cylinders, Wyoming might not have enough offense to keep up.  As the Cowboys have only scored over 30 points twice this season. The Bulldogs, have scored 30 + in their last six games.

Line of Scrimmage 

This matchup is going to be a very physical battle.  Can Wyoming get Haener and make him uncomfortable? Will Bulldogs have an answer for Wyoming’s rushing attack? Whichever team can control the line scrimmage will have a huge advantage in this game. For the Dogs, they have to make Wyoming throw the ball and keep the cowboys’ run game in check. Wyoming is going to work their backs and look to control the clock to keep Haener and the Bulldog’s offense off the field.

Playmakers

Look for a big game out of  Nikki Remigio and Jalen Cropper. Their last time playing at Valley Children’s stadium. Kirby Moore knows he has to get the ball out of Haener hands quicker and that is where these two and other playmakers come into play. Get the ball to them in space and let them work. Speed against this Wyoming defense will be a big key to a victory.

Predictions 

This game is going to be a very physical matchup. Can Wyoming’s defense slow down the Bulldog’s offense? Do the Bulldogs have an answer for Wyoming’s rushing attack? This game will close early but the Bulldogs will pull away in the second half.

Wyoming 17- 34 Fresno State 


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Boise State Takes Care Of Utah State, 42-23

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One of the best things about a black Friday game is that you can be on national network TV. This game also comes with an early 10 AM MT kickoff. The early start led to a sluggish start for both Utah State and the Broncos, as they combined for five punts to start the game. The first non-punt drive was by Utah State, which got into field goal range with the help of 30 penalty yards by the Broncos, only to miss the 52-yard attempt when Aggie kicker Connor Cole drove the kick into the back of his right guard’s head.

One of the penalties included a targeting call on a fake punt attempt that led to Broncos Safty JL Skinner being ejected from the game. Since the ejection was in the first half, Skinner will be available for next week’s Mountain West championship game. 

Boise State found the endzone on the following drive going 65 yards on plays and ending with a 6-yard pass from Taylon Green to Eric McAllister. The Broncos added two more touchdowns over their next three possessions to get out to a 21-0 lead, with Green’s arm featured on both scores. Green completed a 50-yard pass to Latrell Caples, and McAllister got his second touchdown with a 25-yard pass.

Utah State finally got some offense going on their final drive before halftime taking 11 plays to move the 75 yards to get in the endzone to cut the Bronco lead to 21-7 for the half.  The Aggies needed a 3-yard run from receiver Terrell Vaughn on 4th down to finally get themselves in the endzone. Utah State needed any momentum they could get in hopes of carrying it over to the second half.

The Aggies did carry some of the momentum over, driving down for a 22-yard field goal to close their deficit to 21-10.  The Broncos responded with a touchdown drive led by Taylon Green through the air and George Holani on the ground.  Holani Split the workload with Ashton Jeanty for most of the game but was still able to surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the season on the drive. 

Green connected on his fourth touchdown pass of the day, with defensive lineman Scott Matlock getting the second touchdown catch of his career to extend the Bronco lead to 28-10. Interestingly enough, Matlock’s first was in last year’s matchup against Utah State.

Boise State’s defense was stingy in the first half but showed some cracks in the second. Like most games, the secondary gave up a deep pass and the Aggies were able to take it all the way to the endzone. Utah State quarterback Cooper Legas found Terrell Vaughn, who had put a slick double move on the defensive back to go 75-yards to close the Bronco lead back to 11, 28-17. With no response for the Broncos, Utah State was able to chew up more yardage and found the endzone after a 13-play drive capped off by an 8-yard run by running back Calvin Tyler Jr to close the gap down to 28-23 and failing on the 2-point conversion.

After forcing another punt from the Broncos, the Aggies continued to move the ball, getting themselves down to the Boise State 10-yard line before Legas threw an interception attempting to convert on a 4th down from the Bronco 14-yard line. After a 1-yard loss on first down, Taylen Green found a little room to get loose for a Bronco-record 91-yard touchdown run to give the Broncos some breathing room at 35-23 with just over a minute left in the game. The Bronco defense forced an interception on the next possession that Seyi Oladipo returned 48 yards for a touchdown sealing the 42-23 victory for Boise State.

Player Of The Game:

Quarterback Taylen Green. Green completed 14 of 23 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns while adding 91 yards on six carries and an additional touchdown for good measure.

There is an honorable mention here as well, freshman linebacker Andrew Simpson who had ten tackles and a sack while stepping in for injured Ezekiel Noa. 

Final Thoughts:

This game feels like a mixed bag. Boise State controlled the game early, then struggled on both sides for most of the second half. Coming up with the big plays needed to close out the game showed the maturity that the team has built throughout the season, but they also made mental mistakes that we shouldn’t see at this point of the season.

Overall, players stepped up when they needed to, and the Broncos were able to finish undefeated in conference play. Boise State needs to carry the momentum into next week’s championship game.

Up Next:

Boise State will host the Mountain West championship game against Fresno State on FOX. Kickoff will be at 2:00 PM MT.


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Air Force vs. San Diego State: Falcons Game Preview, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction

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The Aztecs Host Air Force To End The Regular Season

WEEK 13: Air Force Falcons 8-3 (4-3) vs. San Diego State Aztecs 7-4 (5-2)

WHEN: Saturday, November 26th — 7:00 P.M. MT/ 6:00 P.M. PT

WHERE: Snapdragon Stadium (San Diego, CA)

WEATHER: Mostly clear skies. Low 47F. Winds light and variable.

TV: CBS Sports Network Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (analyst), Brandon Baylor (sidelines)

STREAM: FuboTV — Get a free trial

RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs, 104.3 the Fan in Denver; SIRIUS 388, SXM App 978

Jim Arthur (play-by-play), Jesse Kurtz (analyst)

SERIES RECORD: Air Force leads the all-time series vs. San Diego State, 19-18. The Aztecs defeated the Falcons last year 20-14, for their ninth consecutive win in the series.

LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated Colorado State 24-12. San Diego State beat New Mexico 34-10.

WEBSITES: GoAztecs.com, the official San Diego State athletics website | GoAirForceFalcons.com, the official Air Force athletics website

GAME NOTES (PDF): San Diego State | Air Force

SP+ PROJECTION: Air Force by 6

FEI PROJECTION: Air Force by 10.6

PARKER FLEMING PROJECTIONS: Air Force Win Probability of 50.14%  (Projected Score 27.33- 27.28)

Where has the season gone? Somehow we have already arrived at the final week of the regular season. Wipe away those tears though, we are in for a treat as the Air Force Falcons head West to San Diego, to take on the Aztecs. These are two of the top teams in the Mountain West, despite being eliminated from Mountain West Championship contention.

San Diego State has hit their stride since Jalen Mayden took over at quarterback, six games prior. In that span the Aztecs are 5-1, and more importantly, the offense has found a much improved passing attack. Prior to Mayden taking the reigns, SDSU was 2-3, averaging just 14.25 points per game against FBS competition. They have nearly doubled that production since, at just over 26 per game.

Like the Aztecs, Air Force enters Saturday’s contest on a three game winning streak. Their formula for victory hasn’t changed much from game to game; feed Brad Roberts the ball, and play really stingy defense. For a majority of their games, this has been a winning recipe. However, they have yet to beat an FBS team with a winning record to date, and their season finale against San Diego State provides one last regular season opportunity.

A tall order when you consider that Air Force hasn’t been able to beat the Aztecs since 2009. On top of that, as much credit as we have given their quarterback play over the second half of the season, it’s the defense that has really doubled down. True to form, San Diego State has been stellar over the last five games, featuring the nations top run defense while forcing an average of two turnovers per game and eight TFL’s. The Falcons are going to need a complete game to have a chance at ending a brutal losing streak to the Aztecs.

Keys to an Air Force Victory

3rd down

One of the things that have really helped feed into the time-of-possession dominance that the Falcons has featured is their success on 3rd down. Air Force is 21st offensively and 22nd defensively on third down. That means Troy Calhoun’s bunch is ending the oppositions drives, while sustaining them when in they have the ball. This gives them a decided advantage when you consider the way the Falcons play, limiting opposition possessions.

By contrast, 3rd down is one of the few areas that the Aztec defense has been very marginal at, and offensively they have been down-right bad. Both units have improved as the season’s moved along, but their 118th ranked 3rd down offense will be up against it, facing Air Force.

Converting these critical downs provide a lot of obvious benefits. In a game that looks to have a razor thin margin for error for either team, everything is magnified. These drive extenders and enders don’t guarantee points,  but they are certainly enablers. And when they don’t result in points, they are constantly creating an advantage in an area that the Aztecs absolutely dominated the Falcons last year. Field Possession.

field position

As just mentioned, San Diego State kept Air Force in a hold all game long last year when it came to field position. This was certainly in part to having an all-time great punter, as well as a defense that was very stingy.

In another game that isn’t likely to see a ton of points scored, the Falcons have got to be better in this area. Carson Bay has played fine in the punting game for Air Force, and he doesn’t need to be Matt Araiza. It’s more about getting a few of those drives extended on offense to be able to flip field position without asking a guy to boom 75 yard punts.

The less yards the Falcons are challenged to march offensively, the better. It’s been documented just how stingy the Aztecs have been on defense, in particular against the run. A short field that could enable points will be at a premium on Saturday.

mental fortitude

Troy Calhoun coached teams typically are discipline and do not take many penalties. While they’ve had some critical ones hit at the most inopportune times this year, they have still been the sixth least penalized team in the country. Compared to Brady Hoke’s squad who are 111th nationally, getting assessed nearly twice the number of penalties per game as Air Force. Those penalties can hinder a team in so many ways, especially in a close contest.

The other part of mental makeup that has to be considered is decision making. Whether that is on the coaching staff or the players,  the Falcons must have full brain engagement on Saturday. Forcing throws into coverage, compromising pitches or blown assignments in the secondary could prove fatal in this game. It’s incumbent on the whole of the Company to do their part.

Prediction

The last time that Air Force beat San Diego State, Troy Calhoun was just in his third season as a head coach (2009). So to say they are overdue would be a drastic understatement. For the Falcons, ending this losing streak would mean beating a team with a winning record, unfortunately this is not something they have done this year.

And like two of the three teams that defeated the Falcons this year, the Aztecs feature a front seven that is going to be very difficult to run the ball against. That same defense has also forced 19 turnovers on the season, which could also be something to watch as this game plays out. Air Force’s fumbling issues have been well documented.

And the other major hurdle comes in the red zone. The Falcons have done a nice job ensuring they walk away with points when entering the red zone. However, San Diego State has done an even better job of stopping teams. Brady Hoke’s team has the third best defense in the country when teams get inside their 20.

While I do believe the Aztecs recent resurgence has a lot to do with their schedule, and who they have played in the back  half of their schedule, it’s not as if Air Force has played a slate full of titans themselves. In fact, it’s just the opposite, and even as double digit favorites, they’ve lost twice. If you like comparing success versus common opponents though, you will be very encourage when you compare scorecards. These two share the same record (3-1) against Boise State, New Mexico, Nevada and UNLV, but it was Air Force who clearly looked better in every instance.

I wish the common opponents theme felt like a better indicator for success in this game. Unfortunately, because of timing and styles of play that isn’t really the case. This is a team that until the recent nine game win streak, Air Force had dominated the series 19-9. The narrative has certainly changed and San Diego State has won a lot of football games in recent years. So while ending this losing streak to their in Conference foes would be great, and keep hopes of another double digit win campaign alive, it just feels like we may have to settle for ending the Commander-in-Chief’s drought this year.

Prepare for an absolute battle, and enjoy this one. Even if Air Force isn’t able to get the victory. These are two very good teams who represent the Mountain West Conference well.

Air Force 13 – San Diego State 16

 

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Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Spartans Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

It’s the regular season finale for San Jose State and Hawaii. Here’s what to look for.

Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Spartans Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

 

 

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Game 11: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-9, 2-5) @ San Jose State Spartans (6-4, 4-3)

When: Saturday, November 26th – 12:30 PT

Where: CEFCU Stadium; San Jose, CA

How to Watch: Livestream on Mountain West Network

Odds: San Jose State -15  Over/Under 57

 

Just like that, the College Football regular season has reached its final week.  It seems like only a month ago everyone was reading preseason previews and getting excited for game one.  Now it is already time for rivalry games and Senior Days.  To be fair, it does feel like this is the case every year, the weeks fly by filled with equal parts Monday morning quarterbacking, and anticipation for the next matchup on the schedule.  For San Jose State, it has been a topsy-turvy season, both on and off the field, and they have been trending downward in November.  

Back-to-back losses have knocked the Spartans out of the conference championship race, but prior to that they did win their 6th game, which qualifies them for a bowl, something that eluded them a season ago.  Their opponent this holiday weekend is not so fortunate.  Hawaii brought in former star QB Timmy Chang to take the reins after the firing of Todd Graham.  Chang was a popular, if not surprising choice, considering his lack of experience.  He also inherited a roster in transit after a mass exodus through the transfer portal, something that occurred before his hiring.  One of those to leave the program, of course, was none other than current SJSU star quarterback Chevan Cordeiro.  There were others of importance as well, and it was widely known that 2022 was going to be a rebuilding year on the islands.

The first five games proved the chatter correct, as the inexperience on the field and the sideline showed.  A demolition at Michigan can be forgiven, but blowout losses at home to Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky and at New Mexico State, not exactly a who’s who of major conference football, left many thinking Chang might be in over his head.  The only win through September was a 10 point home win over FCS Duquesne.  

Since the calendar hit October however, the turnaround has been impressive.  In the last 7 games, aside from the drubbing by piping-hot Fresno State, Hawaii has dropped four one-score games, and last week upset UNLV, ending the Rebels hopes for bowl eligibility.  On the surface, 2-5 during that stretch, and 3-9 overall, may not seem like much to write home about, but anyone who saw those opening games can tell how far this team has come.  That has fans excited about the future.  With no bowl game in the cards, this is one final time to put on the uniform for several Rainbow Warriors, and if the last month plus is any indication, they will lay it all on the field for Chang. 

Looking specifically at what Hawaii has done better as of late, the running game has really kicked into gear with Dedrick Parson going over 100 yards in back to back games.  QB Brayden Schager is coming off a 3 TD outing against the Rebels.  Turnovers have been a major problem for the Rainbow Warriors for much of the year, as they rank near the bottom 10 in FBS football in turnover margin.  With how the Spartans defense has performed as of late, Parson may find some running lanes in this one.  

The UH defense has been better as well, but will never be confused with an elite unit.  They have trouble creating turnovers, with only eight forced on the entire season, and allow a large number of explosive plays.  Three of their last four opponents have scored a touchdown of 50 yards or longer.  That’s a bad recipe against Cordeiro and Elijah Cooks.  Hawaii also does not generate a lot of pressure from their front seven, with a very low number of both sacks, and tackles for loss.  This should be a good matchup for an inconsistent SJSU offensive line.  

For the Spartans, there is no way around it.  After putting themselves in position to play in the Mountain West Conference championship game, the last month has been disappointing.   A loss to Fresno State preceded lackluster efforts against struggling teams in Nevada and Colorado State.  The wheels really fell off at San Diego State two weeks ago, and a predictable letdown occurred last weekend in frigid Logan, against Utah State.  

The offense did their part, particularly the aforementioned duo of Cordeiro and Cooks.  They connected 7 times for 125 yards and 3 TD’s.  Cordeiro also hooked up with Justin Lockhart 6 times, and he threw for 257 yards in all, with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Kariee Robinson took advantage of his weekly low total of carries, this time 12, to gain 70 yards.  There should be no reason the skill players for the Spartans don’t put up big numbers again this week. 

It was the other side of the ball that let San Jose State down a week ago.  Blown coverages, missed tackles, and lack of aggression was much more noticeable than in other games.  This is a defensive group that was ranked in the top 10 nationally in points allowed until the last two weeks.  Utah State has nice players at the RB and WR position, but they should not put up 450 yards of total offense against SJSU.

The schematic matchups will always factor into how a game plays out.  But this is Week 13 of the season.  Things like focus and motivation tend to matter an awful lot more across all of college football.  San Jose State has not looked like the same team we saw earlier in the year for quite some time now.  Is that going to change this weekend?  That’s the million dollar question.  

The teams will be playing for the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy.  The legendary coach, who passed away in 2019, served as head coach of both schools during his career.  It is also Senior Day, and 13 Spartans, including many who were key contributors of the 2020 Mountain West conference Championship team, will be honored before the game.  They include Junior Fehoko, Lando Grey, Cade Hall, Kyle Harmon, Alii Matau, Nehemiah Shelton, and Noah Wright.  Will their teammates be able to send them out of CEFCU Stadium as winners and keep the perfect 5-0 home record intact?  Seeing how Hawaii has played lately, you have to figure you’re going to get one last peak effort from them.  The Spartans of course, will have a bowl game to play, but it would be nice to take out the frustrations of the last month on a conference opponent.  This is a tough one to get a read on, other than to think that both teams will get their share of points, and eventually the home team does enough to earn the W.  

 

Prediction: San Jose State 34  Hawaii 27  

 

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New Mexico vs. Colorado State: Lobos Preview, TV Schedule, Preview, Odds

New Mexico vs. Colorado State: Lobos Preview, TV Schedule, Preview, Odd Lobos looking for first conference win. Contact/Follow @MWCwire New Mexico wanting to get started least one. WEEK 12: CSU (2-9. 2-5 MWC) vs. New Mexico Lobos (2-9, 0-7 MWC) …

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WEEK 12: CSU (2-9. 2-5 MWC) vs. New Mexico Lobos (2-9, 0-7 MWC)

WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2022, 6:46 MST, 8:46 pm 

WHERE: Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, CO

WEATHER:  42° daytime & 23° evening Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph

TV: CBS Sports Network 

Play-by-play: John Sadek (play-by-play) and Randy Cross (analysis) 

LIVE Stream: FuboTV 

RADIO: 77KOB Lobo Radio Network Rob Portnoy (play-by-play), Dontrell Moore (analyst

SERIES RECORD: Colorado State leads 43-25

LAST WEEK: UNM Lost to San Diego State 34-10. CSU lost to Air Force 24-12 

WEBSITES:  golobos.com |  CSURams.com

GAME NOTES (PDF): UNM LOBOSCSU RAMS

Over/under is 35

Odds/Point Spread: Rams (-6.5)

Total/Over-Under: 35

The Colorado State Rams (2-9, 2-5 MWC) will host the New Mexico Lobos (2-9, 2-5) this Friday at 1:30 MST at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collings, Colorado.

The Lobos be trying to close out their season with a win when they face the Colorado State Rams on Friday afternoon on CBS Sports Network.

The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network with John Sadak on play-by-play and Randy Cross on the color.

The Lobos are coming off a 34-10 loss to San Diego State as 14.5-point underdogs. The Rams are coming off a 24-12 loss to Air Force as 21.5-point underdogs.

For UNM, it will be a second straight game with C.J. Montes at the helm at quarterback, UNM’s third starting quarterback of the year.

CJ Montes, just a freshman, was solid against San Diego State, going 15-for-23 for 112 yards in the contest on Friday night, and scored his first career touchdown in a 34-10 loss to the Aztecs on a read option in the red zone for UNM. 

Montes connected on 15/23 with 112 yards passing, a QB rating of 97.4, and one interception, while Nate Jones led the Lobo rushing offense with eight carries and 68 yards, and 8.5 yards per carry. 

The Lobos and the Rams are very similar in terms of being two teams with two wins that are struggling on offense, and both UNM head coach Danny Gonzales and CSU head coach Jay Norvell are in a rebuild mode of their prospective schools. 

New Mexico ranks last in the FBS in yards per game, and Colorado State ranks last in scoring. UNM is last in first downs, and Colorado State is last in the red zone offense. 

New Mexico is next to last in third down conversion percentage, ahead of only Colorado State, which is last, which speaks volumes of what both teams need to work on in the offseason. 

Both teams have been pretty good on defense and can attribute one of their two wins mainly to the defense. 

One huge strength that Danny Gonzales has is right on his staff, with Defensive Coordinator Rocky Long and his 3-3-5 scheme, nobody in the country runs it like him. 

 The Rams scored two defensive touchdowns in a 17-14 win over Nevada, and UNM had seven takeaways, including a defensive touchdown, against UTEP in a 27-10 win.

Both teams have good special teams, kicking, punting, and in the return game so there is no clear advantage for each other. 

CSU has owned the series of late, winning the last 11 in a row, but the Rams Lobos games over the years have always been very entertaining and physical. 

This writer has had the pleasure and blessing of watching it from the sidelines all the way back to the 1999-2000 Sonny Lubbock and Rocky Long eras. 

The Lobos’ last win was in 2009 when Mike Locksley got his first win (and next to last, it turned out) win as a Lobo head coach, winning on a walk-off field goal 29-27. 

The Lobos are trying to end an 11-game losing streak in conference play and a nine-game overall losing streak and getting a badly needed Mountain West Conference to win for the year. 

 Ending the 11-game losing streak to the Rams would give the Lobos much-needed momentum into an offseason that will start with the search for a new offensive coordinator, as Heath Ridenour has been holding the fort since being named the interim coordinator.

One can imagine the big challenge Heath Ridenour would have been thrown in the mix on play calling on an offense that wasn’t his. To begin with, it was former Offensive Coordinators Derek Warehime’s offense and his scheme. 

Ridenhour left a very prolific powerhouse Cleveland High School head coaching job here in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; his teams averaged over 40 points a game and are playing in the 6A State Championships this Saturday. 

  1. Score points when the offense has the ball

New Mexico is averaging 14.3 points per game. They are throwing for 108.8 yards and rushing for 127.9 yards per game.

This Lobo offense has a total of 2,604 yards this season and scored a total of 3 touchdowns passing the ball and just 12 touchdowns rushing the ball.

The Lobo offense has an average of 127.9 yards in the run game, which is 99th in Division 1

The Lobos have a solid group of running backs between Nate Jones, who leads the Lobos, followed by freshman Christian Washington and both backs should be able to break away for big chunk yards. 

The Ram’s defensive front has given up some big yards as they have given up big yards against the rush in last week’s Air Force game, over 359 yards. 

Yes, it’s a triple option Air Force, but they have also given up big yards against Boise State, Wyoming, and Utah State. 

So, look for Lobos Offensive Coordinator Heath Ridenhour to run right at this CSU Defensive front. 

CSU has given up 1,892 yards rushing for an average of 172 yards per game and 24 touchdowns via the rush game. 

They have yielded 15 touchdowns through the air and 203.2 yards per outing, with them sitting 36th in the country.

Colorado State has struggled defensively, giving up 29.4 points per game. They gave up 24 points in their last game so look for the Lobos to move the ball on them. 

In this game, explosive wide receivers Luke Wysong and Geordan Porter (ASU transfer) should be factors, so look for the Lobo offense to get the ball to them in spaces. 

A very big factor for this Danny Gonzales team this year has been the second half no show for the offense for the most part. 

They must adjust at halftime or expect the opposing team’s defensive coordinator to change things up and they in turn adjust to the adjustment. 

Just because something has worked in the first half doesn’t mean that that will still be there for the second half. 

  1.   Play Solid Defense

Look for Defensive Coordinator Rocky Long to throw everything but the kitchen sink to finish the season for the Lobos. 

Colorado State is averaging 12.8 points per game. They are throwing for 193.7 yards and rushing for 90.3 yards per game.

Ram Quarterback Clay Millen completed 79 percent of his passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Falcons. Avery Morrow had eight carries for 42 yards, while Jaylen Thomas had six catches for 49 yards.

The Rams average 284 yards per contest, which ranks them 128th in FBS, and they have compiled 684 yards of penalties on 78 violations. 

The Rams have thrown 2,131 yards through the air, with an average of 193.7 passing yards per outing, putting them at 109th in D-1. 

Colorado State is averaging 12.8 points per game putting them 131st in D-1. They are throwing for 193.7 yards and rushing for 90.3 yards per game.

This Lobo Defense has struggled defensively, giving up 26.8 points per game. They gave up 34 points in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to win this game.

But the reality is that this defense must stay out on the field much too long to give them a chance to be in games in the late third and fourth quarters. 

The Rams are the worst in the country on third downs, but New Mexico is the second worst, so both teams are similar. 

Both Defenses are the bright spot at some points during the season if one is a person who sees the glass as half full versus half empty. 

The lack of points and offensive production has been a significant anchor on both programs’ winning games. 

3)    Win the Turnover battle

This is where games are either won or lost in the heat of the battle on the gridiron.

The Lobos found this out the hard way last week, giving up some very costly plays in the game that, when one looked back, really helped determine the game’s outcome. 

So many games are won and lost on turnovers and when you are on the road its does bode well for the visiting team usually.

At some point players must step up and make plays during a game and this usually becomes a big factor to change the momentum in a college football game. 

Prediction UNM 24 CSU 17 


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New Mexico vs. Colorado State: CSU Keys, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction

The Rams host the Lobos on senior night. Can Colorado State end the season on a high note or will the season end on a sour one?

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Can the Rams end the season on a high note?

WEEK 13: New Mexico Lobos (2-9, 0-7 MW) vs. Colorado State Rams (2-9, 2-5 MW)

WHEN: Friday, November 25th — 1:30 p.m. MST / 12:30 p.m. PST

WHERE: Canvas Stadium; Fort Collins, CO (36,500)

WEATHER: Clear Sky, high of 58 degrees

TV: CBS Sports Network

STREAMING: Fans can sign up to receive a free one-week trial of Fubo, which includes CBS Sports Network, by following this link.

RADIO: K99-FM 99.1 / ESPN 1600 AM

SERIES RECORD: This will be the 68th all time matchup between the two schools. CSU leads the series 43-25.

LAST MEETING: Colorado State won 36-7 in Albuquerque

WEBSITES: GoLobos.com, the official Wyoming athletics website | CSURams.com, the official Colorado State athletics website

GAME NOTES (PDF): New MexicoColorado State

ODDS: Colorado State -7.5

OVER/UNDER: 35

SP+ PROJECTION: Colorado State by 4.3

FEI PROJECTION: Colorado State by 4.8

PARKER FLEMING PROJECTION: Colorado State has a 58.32% win probability (26.15-23.25)

Colorado State lost another rivalry game last week. This one a 24-12 loss to Air Force. The Rams let the game get away from them in the first half before getting on the scoreboard in the second half. The Rams had multiple opportunities to show something but, like a broken record, couldn’t finish when given the opportunity.

Danny Gonzales is in his third year in charge of the Lobos. Under his stead, the Lobos have amased a 7-23 record. Rocky Long has been the Lobos defensive coordinator and they shown improvement on that side of the ball. However, the offensive side of the ball hasn’t seen similar improvement.

Now to the keys to victory for the Rams.

Three Keys to a colorado state victory

1. Take advantage of what is given to you

Rocky Long’s defenses have alway been tough. So in order to beat them the Rams have to take advantage of what the Lobos’ defense gives them. Whether that’s the underneath routes and a strong running game or they challenge you to beat them over the top, the Rams need to not force the issue.

Against Hawai’i, the Rainbow Warriors started playing three high safeties to take away the deep ball. Jay Norvell and the coaches adjusted to start using underneath routes and it helped them drive down the field to score the winning touchdown. Against the Lobos, the Rams will need to do something similar and take what they give them.

2. Know your assignment OL & communicate

The 3-3-5 defense is basically organized chaos. It’s designed to confuse an offense as a blitz can come from anywhere. Struggling is an understatment when it comes to the Rams OL this year. CSU has given up 55 sacks in 11 games and against a chaos defense they need to step up.

The Rams haven’t started the same line two weeks in a row all season. Now they need to step up and communicate handoffs. They can’t just sit there and block the guy in front of them. The Rams need to keep their heads up and be prepared to peel off and pick up the late blitzer.

3. Have Fun

Tory Horton getting 1,000 yards last week pushed the Rams to eight straight seasons of having a 1,000 yard receiver. Avery Morrow has stepped up in conference play and become a bell cow carrier for the Rams. Clay Millen has a chance to set the CSU single season completion percentage record.

It hasn’t been the best season, but the Rams can finish it out strong. Have some fun with it and show what the offense can be. We’ve seen glimpses and the team reacts positively. If the Rams have some fun with it and can keep the sideline up, this will be a good way to end the season.

what will happen

It’s the end of a long season for both teams and they’re both looking to end it on a high note. The Rams have shown they can be a good team on both sides of the ball, while the Lobos have only shown it on the defensive side. CSU finally breaks out and gets above 20 points for the first time all year.

Final Score: Colorado State 21, New Mexico 14

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Nevada vs. UNLV: Keys to a Rebels Win, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction

Nevada vs UNLV: Keys to a Rebels Win, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction The battle for the Fremont Cannon trophy takes place in Allegiant Stadium as the Nevada Wolf Pack comes into Las Vegas Contact/Follow @MWCwire UNLV seeking its 5th win on the …

Nevada vs UNLV: Keys to a Rebels Win, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction


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UNLV seeking its 5th win on the season, possible bowl berth

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WEEK 13: Nevada Wolf Pack at UNLV Rebels

WHERE: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

WHEN: Saturday, November 26, 2022 – 6:00pm EST (3:00pm PST)

TV: Silver State Sports & Entertainment Network in Nevada.

STREAMING: Mountain West Network (www.themw.com/watch).

RADIO: ESPN 1100AM & 100.9 FM

SERIES RECORD: This will be the 48th meeting between Nevada and UNLV. The Rebels have won 19 of the last 47 matchups, but the Wolf Pack has won the last two games by a combined score of 88-39.

WEBSITES: unlvrebels.com is the University of Nevada Las Vegas Athletics official website |  nevadawolfpack.com is the official University of Nevada Athletics website.

GAME NOTES (PDF):  Nevada   |  UNLV

ODDS: UNLV Rebels by -12.5

PARKER FLEMING PROJECTION: UNLV Rebels by 2.85

The “Battle for Nevada”, to win the Fremont Cannon trophy, will take place this Saturday at Allegiant Stadium. And as the UNLV Rebels head into this regular season finale against the Nevada Wolf Pack, there is a lot for the team to contend with this week and in the future. 

The Rebels are returning home from a disappointing loss in Hawaii, falling to the Rainbow Warriors by the score of 31-25. It was a game that Head Coach Marcus Arroyo described as “uncharacteristically unphysical” for the Rebels, one where penalties and struggles to manage first and second down at key points in the game kept the Rebels in a back-and-forth affair until Hawaii was able to pull away in the fourth quarter. The box score favored UNLV in many key categories – yards gained, time of possession, turnovers – but the scoreboard was not in their favor as the Rebels dropped to 4-7 on the season.

Disappointed as they may be, the Rebels still find themselves playing for a potential postseason appearance. As reported by Brett McMurphy of Action Network, depending on a variety of outcomes in the weekend’s games, some teams with 5-7 records may be receiving invites to bowl games this year. Based on their APR score – Academic Progress Rate, based on academic eligibility standards for players who have remained at school – the Rebels are near the top of that short list of teams who could receive invitations. That score ranks UNLV third, behind only Rice and Iowa State, and a win against Nevada could put the Rebels in a favorable position for a bowl game.

Before the Rebels can look forward to a bowl berth, UNLV needs a win over the Wolf Pack this Saturday in Las Vegas, something they haven’t done since 2018. For a closer look at how UNLV can get the victory, here are three keys for the Rebels’ game plan:

Avoid Third and Long

A point Head Coach Marcus Arroyo touched on in the loss to Hawaii last week, the Rebels struggled to find consistency on first and second down. A difficult combination of tackles for loss, incompletions and penalties seemed to keep UNLV searching for a big play, a catalyst to open up the offense and get into the end zone. As the game unfolded, the Rebels found themselves converting only 4 of 14 3rd down opportunities and punting four times overall (there was also a turnover on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-five midway through the fourth quarter). The Rebels settled for four field goals and one offensive touchdown on the day, with only three trips inside Hawaii’s 20-yard line, and it inevitably cost them by game’s end. 

Unfortunately, the struggles on third down have plagued the Rebels for much of the season as well, as UNLV currently ranks 117th nationally with a 32.1 percent conversion rate. The Rebels this week will need to take advantage of a Wolf Pack defense giving up more than 400 yards per game on the season, including 524 to Fresno State last week. 

Another Big Defensive Game?

Arguably the Rebels’ best defensive game of the year so far was played at Utah State, when a 2-1 UNLV squad took advantage of five interceptions en route to a dominating 34-24 victory. While the Rebels may be unlikely to gather statistics like that in this week’s game, a similar effort on Saturday should be more than enough against a Nevada offense struggling in its own right.

For much of the season, and for a variety of reasons, the Wolf Pack have struggled to find success offensively. While running back Toa Taua has been featured in what was hoped to be a stout running game, Nevada currently ranks 121st in scoring offense at 18.5 points per game and 126th in total offense at 290 yards per game. In particular, an aggressive front seven, led by Adam Plant Jr. and Austin Ajiake, should be able to get pressure on the pocket and force the Wolf Pack into more third and long situations. This should be the type of offense that the Rebels defense can once again find success against, force turnovers and lead the way to a dominant win.

But as a word of caution, the UNLV defense will need to remain focused. The Rebels have struggled on the season with mobile quarterbacks, and although the Wolf Pack have not announced their starting quarterback for this game at this time, Nate Cox has shown some mobility out of the pocket. He was able to pick up 56 rushing yards in Nevada’s loss last week and currently has 242 rushing yards on the season.

Dominate Time of Possession

As cliche as it may appear, UNLV has thrived in games where they can win the battle for time of possession and control the clock (last week’s loss to Hawaii notwithstanding, where the Rebels held the ball for almost thirty-five minutes). The Rebels will need to avoid appearing predictable but[lawrence-auto-related count=1 category=645997189 tag=105822935] gaining the edge in time of possession will invariably rely on the running game, led by Aidan Robbins.

Aidan Robbins currently sits with 924 rushing yards on the season, and the Rebels will likely look to get him over the 1,000-yard barrier as a statement for the program’s success on the year. Quarterback Doug Brumfield and running back Courtney Reese may also be featured in the ground game against the Wolf Pack, who are giving up more than 173 yards on the ground.

If the Rebels can find success with the running game, even using their short passing game to get more players involved, they should be able to wear down the Nevada defense and find the end zone, without settling for field goals or keeping the Wolf Pack competitive in the game.

Prediction

With or without the opportunity of a potential bowl appearance, the Rebels should be looking to finish this regular season on a positive note for a number of reasons. It is an opportunity for a 5-win season for UNLV, which would be their first since 2017. For its seniors, a win against an in-state rival would be a fitting end to the season. For the future, a win here would add to a record that already exceeded the expectations of many and lead into recruiting and early momentum for next year’s campaign.

Expect a motivated UNLV squad to outperform a Nevada team that has played with effort on the year, but ultimately will fall short this Saturday. Even in a rivalry game, the Rebels running game should make a statement early in the game and be able to open up the offense, with a focus on finishing its drives in the end zone, not simply settling for three points instead of seven. Defensively, look for the front seven to win the line of scrimmage and an opportunistic secondary to take its chances when the Wolf Pack struggles.

UNLV 37, Nevada 19




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Week 13 Mountain West Football: TV Schedule. Picks, Odds, More

Week 13 Mountain West Football: TV Schedule. Picks, Odds, More Last full week of games! Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire One more time this year Week 13 is here for Mountain West play and that means it is, sadly, the final full week of games …

Week 13 Mountain West Football: TV Schedule. Picks, Odds, More


Last full week of games!


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One more time this year

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Week 13 is here for Mountain West play and that means it is, sadly, the final full week of games for the conference. It also means our picks and predictions.

There are three games on Friday and Saturday, so plan accordingly.

FRIDAY

Utah State at Boise State -16, 12 p.m. ET, TV: CBS or stream on FuboTV with a free trial

Jeremy: SU: Boise State | ATS: Utah State

Sean: SU: Boise State | ATS: Utah State

Brandon: SU: Boise State | ATS: Utah State

Ted: SU: Boise State | ATS: Utah State

Phil: SU: Boise State | ATS: Utah State

Michael: SU: Boise State | ATS: Utah State

Roger:SU: Boise State | ATS: Utah State

Erik: SU: Boise State | ATS: Boise State

Thomas: SU: Boise State | ATS: Boise State

New Mexico at Colorado State -7.5, 3:30 p.m. ET, TV: CBS Sports Network or stream on FuboTV with a free trial

Jeremy: SU: Colorado State | ATS: New Mexico

Sean: SU: Colorado State | ATS: New Mexico

Brandon: SU: Colorado State | ATS:  New Mexico

Ted: SU: New Mexico | ATS: New Mexico

Phil: SU: Colorado State | ATS: Colorado State

Michael: SU: Colorado State | ATS: Colorado State

Roger: SU: Colorado State | ATS: New Mexico

Erik: SU: Colorado State | ATS: Colorado State

Thomas: SU: Colorado State | ATS: Colorado State

Wyoming at Fresno State -15, 10 p.m. ET, TV: FS1 or stream on FuboTV with a free trial

Jeremy: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Wyoming

Sean: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Wyoming

Brandon: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Wyoming

Ted: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Wyoming

Phil: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Fresno State

Michael: SU: Wyoming| Wyoming

Roger: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Fresno State

Erik: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Wyoming

Thomas: SU: Fresno State | ATS: Fresno State

SATURDAY

Hawaii at San Jose State -15, 3:30 p.m. ET, TV: Spectrum PPV (Hawaii) or Team1Sports app (mainland)

Jeremy: SU: San Jose State | ATS: San Jose State

Sean: SU: Hawaii| ATS: Hawaii

Brandon: SU: San Jose State | ATS: Hawaii

Ted: SU: Hawaii | ATS: Hawaii

Phil: SU: San Jose State | ATS: Hawaii

Michael: SU: San Jose State | ATS: San Jose State

Roger: SU: San Jose State | ATS: San Jose State

Erik: SU: San Jose State | ATS: San Jose State

Thomas: SU: San Jose State | ATS: Hawaii

Nevada at UNLV -12.5, 6 p.m. ET, TV: Silver State Sports & Entertainment Network, KVVU FOX5 in Las Vegas and Nevada Sports Net OR STREAM: The Mountain West Network

Jeremy: SU: UNLV | ATS: UNLV

Sean: SU: UNLV | ATS: Nevada

Brandon: SU: UNLV | ATS: UNLV

Ted: SU: UNLV | ATS: UNLV

Phil: SU: UNLV | ATS: Nevada

Michael: SU: Nevada | ATS: Nevada

Roger: SU: UNLV | ATS: UNLV

Erik: SU: UNLV | ATS: Nevada

Thomas: SU: UNLV | ATS: UNLV

Air Force at San Diego State +1.5, 9 p.m. ET, TV: CBS Sports Network or stream on FuboTV with a free trial

Jeremy: SU: San Diego State | ATS: San Diego State

Sean: SU: San Diego State | ATS: San Diego State

Brandon B SU: San Diego  State | ATS: San Diego State

Ted: SU: San Diego State | ATS: San Diego State

Phil: SU: Air Force | ATS: Air Force

Michael: SU: Air Force | ATS: Air Force

Roger: SU: San Diego State | ATS: San Diego State

Erik: SU: San Diego State | ATS: San Diego State

Thomas: SU: Air Force | ATS: Air Force 


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Week 13 Mountain West Football: Best Bets

Mountian West football reaches the final week of the regular season. After your turkey coma, where should you place your bets this week?

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A look at the Mountain West betting odds for Week 13


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What are the oddsmakers saying about these match ups?

Late in the week we will look at odds and recent lines and make our best picks and bets. Odds courtesy of Vegas Insider and inputted at time of writing.

The title game is set. Boise State hosts Fresno State. Now it’s all about pride. We went 4-2 last week and are 48-42 on the year. Another solid week. Let’s make some money in this final week.

Utah State @ Boise State (-17, O/U 51.5)

Boise State locked their spot in the MW Championship game last week with a close win over Wyoming. Utah State pulled an upset over San Jose State. This week is for pride, but Boise will look to maintain momentum going into the MW Championship.

Pick: Boise State (-17)

New Mexico @ Colorado State (-7.5, O/U 35)

Colorado State is looking to go for 12 straight wins over New Mexico. The Lobos are looking to end the season on a high. CSU is a 7.5 point favorite and you can’t really trust it. The over/under is really low for a non-service academy game. This game is the perfect opportunity for the Rams offense to show what it can be.

Pick: Over

Wyoming @ Fresno State (-15, O/U 50.5)

Neither team has done well against the spread this year. But Wyoming has shown they can compete with the top of the MW. Fresno State has pulled their head out of the sand after the return of Jake Haener. The Cowboys defense will be the star of the show here.

Pick: Wyoming +15

Hawai’i @ San Jose State (-15, O/U 57.5)

Hawai’i pulled a large upset last week against UNLV (at least in terms of how the season has gone). San Jose State surprisingly lost to Utah State last week. The Spartans have gone downhill in terms of momentum after losing to Fresno State. Watch for the Rainbow Warriors to potentially pull another upset.

Pick: Hawai’i +15

Nevada @ UNLV (-12.5 O/U 49)

The Battle for Nevada and the Fremont Cannon is on the line in this heated rivalry. Both teams have fallen off a cliff after a strong start to the season. UNLV seems like the better choice if you want to go Money Line. However, you can throw convential wisdom out the window in a rivalry game. The over seems like a better bet here.

Pick: Over

Air Force @ San Diego State (+1.5 O/U 43.5)

This one is tough to call. Both teams are 5-6 against the spread and on the over/under. Both teams had a chance to make the MW Championship game, but blew their opportunities. They’re now looking to finish the season on a high note. Air Force seems like the better choice to win and picking them straight up feels like a safe bet.

Pick: Air Force ML

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