WAC Report: Week 11


Week 11 WAC Preview:

The most impressive thing about the Bronco’s 42-7 win over Hawaii was not that they scored 42, but that they only allowed 7 points to the number 1 passing offense in the league.  Boise has an easier task this week against their cross state rivals when they play the Vandals.

The big conference game of the week is in Fresno as the Bulldogs host the Wolfpack of Nevada in a late kickoff at 10:30 ET.  Fresno St.’s defense will face its toughest test of the year so far as Nevada has the 2nd ranked offense in the nation.  Right now the Wolfpack sit at 21 in both the coach’s and the AP pole, but a big win on the road could help them and the conference move up in the eyes of the voters and make the Thanksgiving Day Weekend matchup with Boise St. all that more interesting.

In other conference action:  look for LA Tech and Utah St. to both win on the road against New Mexico St. and San Jose St. respectively.

Weekly Tid Bit:

Interesting how TCU’s big win over Utah was given so much more press than Boise’s win over Hawaii.  Don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s a bigger win, but it is still baffling for a team like Boise to be so impressive week in and week out and still getting ‘leap-frogged’ by other teams….oh, and VA Tech is back on top of the ACC in case anyone is wondering.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Boise St.                             4-0                                       8-0

Hawaii                                 5-1                                       7-3

Fresno St.                           4-1                                       6-2

Nevada                               3-1                                       8-1

Louisiana Tech                  2-3                                       3-6

Idaho                                   1-3                                       4-5

Utah St.                              1-4                                       3-6

New Mexico St.                1-4                                       2-8

San Jose St.                       0-4                                       1-8

Written by Rusty Pettit. Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

Week 9 in the WAC


Week 9 Wac Preview:

Wouldn’t it be ironic if a loss to Colorado was what kept Boise St. out of the “Big Game”?  Not saying it will, but Hawaii’s Week 3 loss to the Buffaloes are all that is keeping them out of the top 25 right now.  There only other loss is the opening game to the Trojans, and that was no blowout.  Either way, Hawaii has to take care of the Vandals of Idaho before they meet the Broncos next week.

Boise St. already took care of business with a 49-20 drubbing of LA Tech on Tuesday night.  Tech kept it interesting early with an onside kick and they also handed Kellen Moore his 2nd Int. of the season.  That wasn’t enough to keep up with Coach Peterson’s crew though as they found plenty of ways to score including finding Moore on a TD reception to add to his 2 passing TD’s.

Nevada should continue to move forward against Utah St. and I’ll let you pick the winner of the San Jose St. and New Mexico St. matchup…if you want…you don’t have to.

LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Courtney Randall  of the Nevada Reno Wolf Pack is congratulated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick  and Brandon Wimberly  after Randall scored a touchdown against the UNLV Rebels in the second quarter of their game at Sam Boyd Stadium October 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada Reno won 44-26. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Weekly Tid Bit:

Doug Martin’s 150 yards on Tuesday night was a career high.  The Broncos also seemed determined to run the ball more, especially early in the game against LA Tech.  Was this a sign of things to come or just a matter of taking advantage of matchups?  Either way, developing a strong running game is going to be essential to Boise St. as they’ll want to keep teams like Hawaii’s offense off the field as much as possible and control the clock.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                 4-0                                       6-2

Boise St.                             2-0                                       6-0

Fresno St.                           3-1                                       5-2

Louisiana Tech                  2-2                                       3-5

Nevada                               1-1                                       6-1

Idaho                                   1-1                                       4-3

Utah St.                                0-3                                       2-5

New Mexico St.                 0-3                                       1-6

San Jose St.                        0-3                                       1-7

Written by Rusty Pettit.  Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

Pregame Warm-Up Pod Cast: Week 8


I know it’s a little late this week(technical difficulties), but it’s here the week 8 pod cast.  This week Jon Dove from NFLMocks.com and myself, Jason Madson go at it minus one.  Michael Felder was helping a friend move, or so he says.  We dive right into the Conference breakdowns to begin the episode, talking about hot topics in each conference,  Some of the topics we discuss are: Pitt making a run in the Big East, Mizzou’s National Championship chances, SMU QB Kyle Padron makes his weekly appearance, both TCU and Utah are better than Boise State and many other topics.  We also make our picks in the 5 biggest games of the week, according to me.  The show is finished off with the World Famous Prospect Quick Fire.  Sorry for the tardiness, Enjoy.

WAC Report: Week 8


Week 8 Wac Preview:

Light week in the WAC with only 3 games on the slate but that doesn’t mean it won’t be interesting.  The Hawaii vs. Utah St. match up could be one of the most explosive offensive matchups we can see in the country this season.  Also, Fresno St. is quietly putting a decent season together with only losses to Ole Miss and Hawaii on their record thus far.

HONOLULU - DECEMBER 2:  Viliami Nauahi #36 (right), Greg Salas #36 (center), Keoni Steinhoff #78 (left) and other players of the Hawaii Warriors perform the Warrior dance, the Haka, before the game against the Washington Huskies on December 1, 2007 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Hawaii won 35-28 and finished the season undefeated at 12-0.  (Photo by William Branlund Jr./Getty Images)

Predictions for the week:   Look for Hawaii to win a shootout…Fresno St. keeps gaining some momentum against  San Jose St….and finally…not that anyone cares, but New Mexico St. will upset Idaho this weekend for their 2nd win of the year.  Is it really any “upset” to beat Idaho??

Weekly Tid Bit:

The Nevada loss to Hawaii certainly did not help the conferences standing among the nation’s voters in the press or in the coaching ranks…come to think of it, the computers didn’t like it either.  Boise St. is about where I thought they would be, even though I don’t agree with it.  3rd place is the perfect spot for them as far as the BCS is concerned.  High enough to throw them a bone, but out of the big game.  Ask yourself this…Have the top 2 teams done anything this year to surprise you, i.e. make you think they were better than they were in the Pre-season??  (Most importantly, have they won any games that they shouldn’t have?)  Then ask yourself, with the two teams that were ranked above Boise St. before the season losing, have the Broncos done anything to disappoint you, or make you think they weren’t as good as you originally thought??  Chew on it for a minute.

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Kellen Moore  and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                3-0                                       5-2

Boise St.                             1-0                                       5-0

Fresno St.                          2-1                                       4-2

Louisiana Tech                2-1                                       3-4

Nevada                               1-1                                       6-1

Idaho                                  0-1                                       3-3

Utah St.                              0-2                                       2-4

New Mexico St.                 0-2                                       1-5

San Jose St.                      0-2                                       1-6

Written by Rusty Pettit.  Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

PGWU Power Poll: Week 7


Last week brought us some shake ups in the week 7 Power Poll.  Here is a look at how the Pregame Warm-Up Crew ranks the Top 15 this week.

1. Oregon Ducks 112 points (five 1st place)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes 108 points (one 1st place)

3. Boise State Broncos 106 points (one 1st place)

4. Nebraska Cornhuskers 93 points (one 1st place)

5. TCU Horned Frogs 90 points

6. Alabama Crimson Tide 71 points

7. Auburn Tigers 69 points

8. South Carolina Gamecocks 63 points

9. Oklahoma Sooners 61 points

10. LSU Tigers 57 points

11. Utah Utes 36 points

12. Michigan State Spartans 34 points

13. Arkansas Razorbacks 14 points

14. Iowa Hawkeyes 11 points

15. Stanford Cardinal 10 points

Others Receiving Points:   Florida State Seminoles 8 points, Missouri Tigers 6 points, Arizona Wildcats 5 points, Nevada Wolfpack 5 points, Michigan Wolverines 2 points

WAC Report: Week 7


Week 7 WAC Preview:

This won’t be the most telling week for a conference trying to gain recognition, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t learn some things.  The most intriguing matchup is when Nevada takes their 6-0 record to the islands to take on Hawaii.  The Warriors come in with the #1 rated passing attack in the country and the Wolfpack ranks 78th against the pass. 

Though this game may not rank up there with Iowa vs. Michigan and other BCS showdowns this weekend, I believe it is crucial for the WAC.  The Nevada/Boise St. matchup at the end of the season will mean a lot more to computers and voters alike if the two teams are undefeated when they meet on Nov. 26th.

Boise State Broncos celebrate with fans after their NCAA football game with the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho September 25, 2010. REUTERS/ Brian Losness (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Speaking of the Broncos, they should continue to roll against San Jose St. this weekend and remain at #3 in both polls…that is unless, either Oregon and Ohio St. are kind enough to take one on the chin.  By the way, with all the talk of Kellen Moore and the offense, it should not be over looked that coach Peterson owns the 2nd ranked defense in the country.

Weekly Tid Bit:

As most people like to point to the overall strength of the conference as the main reason that the WAC doesn’t get very much national attention, it is important for teams like Hawaii and Fresno St. to make as much noise as possible to show more depth.  However, in my opinion, the team that had the best potential to do this was Utah St.  Too bad it didn’t play out that way…they were so close.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                 2-0                                       4-2

Nevada                               1-0                                       6-0

Boise St.                             1-0                                       5-0

Fresno St.                           1-1                                       3-2

Louisiana Tech                  1-1                                       2-4

Idaho                                   0-0                                       3-2

Utah St.                               0-2                                       2-4

New Mexico St.                 0-1                                       1-4

San Jose St.                        0-1                                       1-5

Written by Rusty Pettit.  Follow him on Twitter @isbnRustyPettit.

PGWU Power Poll: Week 6


Every week the writers at Pregame Warm-Up will get together for our top 15 schools, or as we like to call it, the “Power Poll”. Each individual writer gives their top 15, then we assign the 1st place team 15 points all the way down to the 15th place team with 1 point. The points are combined and here is how week 6 ended up:

  1. 1. Alabama Crimson Tide- 88 points (five 1st place votes)
  2. 2. Oregon Ducks- 84 points (one 1st place vote)
  3. 3. Boise State Broncos- 67 points
  4. 3. Ohio State Buckeyes- 67 points
  5. 5. Nebraska Cornhuskers- 65 points
  6. 6. TCU Horned Frogs- 63 points
  7. 7. Oklahoma Sooners- 50 points
  8. 8. Auburn Tigers- 46 points
  9. 9. Utah Utes- 31 points
  10. 10. South Carolina Gamecocks- 26 points
  11. 11. Arizona Wildcats- 25 points
  12. 12. Arkansas Razorbacks- 21 points
  13. 12. LSU Tigers- 21 points
  14. 14. Michigan Wolverines- 20 points
  15. 15. Michigan State Spartans- 12 points

Others Receiving Points:      Iowa 8 points, Miami 6 points, Stanford 5 points, Missouri 4 points, Nevada 2 points, UCLA 1 point

PGWU Podcast-Week 6


This week we spend a lot of time talking about big games and news in each conference, especially the ACC and SEC.  We also make our picks in the Pregame Warm-Up Pick ‘Em segment and break down a handful of potential pro prospects for the NFL Draft in the “World Famous” Prospect Quick Fire.  Enjoy!

PGWU Heisman Watch


Every Week we will be giving out the top 5 Heisman candidates based on their performance so far in the season.  Last weekend gave us some strong showings, from some of the top candidates.  Michigan Wolverines QB Denard Robinson continues to seperate himself from the rest of the pack.  Terrelle Pryor took a step back with average play and an injury, LaMichael James had a huge week in a very important Pac 10 game..  Here are the top 5 Heisman candidates for this week.  They are ranked in reverse order.

5th Cameron Newton QB Auburn Tigers

He has carried the Tigers on his super-sized shoulders to a 5-0 record, both throwing and running the football.  His mix of accuracy, a big time arm and mobility are 3 of the biggest reasons Auburn is undefeated.

4th Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State

This do it all running back has the odds stacked against him every week, but he still manages to get his yards and big plays.  This former QB is a pro at running the Wildcat for HC Bill Snyder.

3rd DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma Sooners

Did you see him tip toe the sidelines against Texas last Saturday?  He is a do it all player for the Sooners who deserves more pub.

2nd Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada

I know this is probably way too high for many peoples liking, but he is as good as they come with the ball in his hands.  He should lead his team to an undefeated record when the Wolfpack face Boise State later in the season.

1st Denard Robinson Michigan Wolverines

I really don’t need to say much about this phenom.  He is the Heisman winner right now and if his season continues this way, it will be impossible to overlook Mr. Robinson.

PGWU Podcast: Week 4


This week we discuss the legal troubles at Florida, talk about the big stories in each conference in The Breakdown, make our selections in the PGWU Pick’Em segment and finish the show off with the World Famous Prospect Quick Fire. Enjoy!

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