Week 12 in the WAC


Week 12 WAC Preview:

The WAC is not a conference that we can talk about having a lot of “marquee” games, but the Fresno St. and Nevada game certainly lived up to that billing.  QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for 153 yards and passed for 171 and a touchdown as the Wolfpack downed the Bulldogs to keep them in the top 25 and poised for the big matchup with Boise St. for the conference Championship.

The Broncos took care of business against their in state rivals, the Idaho Vandals.  Also, LA Tech and Utah St. kept their bowl eligibility hopes alive with wins over New Mexico St. and San Jose St. respectively.  That being said, the conference will more than likely only be represented by 4 teams in the post season:  Boise St., Nevada, Fresno St. and Hawaii.

Nov 6, 2010; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos receiver Titus Young (1), left, is congratulated by quarterback Kellen Moore (11) and safety Jason Robinson (5) after scoring on an 83-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Hawaii Rainbows at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Hawaii 42-7. Photo via Newscom

Friday night’s matchup between Boise St. and Fresno St. is the “marquee” matchup for week 12 and it marks the 2nd week in a row that Boise St. will play in a primetime Friday night game.  At least they are getting the TV spotlight that they used to crave.

Weekly Tid Bit:

I would argue that Boise St. was the most impressive of the undefeated teams remaining in the FBS.  I know, I know…they only played Idaho, but hear me out.  They are the only team that “did what they were supposed to do”.  Auburn was pushed at home by a very mediocre Georgia team.  TCU, only a week removed from crushing Utah, struggled against San Diego St, and Oregon escaped Cal w/ their most lackluster offensive performance of the year….and spare me the “Cal plays tough at home comments”.  They’re 5-5.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Boise St.                             5-0                                       9-0

Hawaii                                 5-1                                       7-3

Nevada                               4-1                                       9-1

Fresno St.                           4-2                                       6-3

Louisiana Tech                 4-3                                       4-6

Utah St.                               2-4                                       4-6

Idaho                                   1-4                                       4-6

New Mexico St.               1-5                                       2-8

San Jose St.                      0-5                                       1-9

Written by Rusty Pettit. Follow on Twitter @isbnrustypettit

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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.

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.

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.

WAC Conference-Games to watch for week 2


 

No Boise St. talk here although the Broncos do headline the WAC week in and week out. Week 2 is going to showcase a few other schools facing some of the top teams in college football, both WAC teams will be picked to lose their games respectively.  Here’s an inside look on two games that should grab your attention this week.

Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M

Texas A&M led by Jerrod Johnson should have no problem taking care of Louisiana Tech who finished 4-8 last season. A Louisiana Tech team who is pass first will be able to compete in the WAC but not able to compete with Texas A&M who have greatly improved on the defensive side of the ball.

Who to watch for on the Bulldogs

               Quarterback Ross Jenkins is headed into his senior year and ready to take on a new offense. A high temp offense might be key for Jenkins who will have only one returning starter from last year, Phillip Livas, a senior wide receiver. The defense ranked 60th overall in the nation so they weren’t the best or the worst. They have their biggest test of the year before facing Kellen Moore later this year when they lineup against Jarrod Johnson, who might be the best quarterback in the Big-12.

Who to watch for on the Aggies

               Jerrod Johnson is a Heisman dark horse and his top wide receiver Jeff Fuller is back. With many offensive stars it may be easy to overlook the struggled defense. Linebacker, Von Miller was the nation leader in sacks last season (17) and had 16 the year before.  They return eight starters from last season and will need to step it up. They have an easy task in Louisiana Tech and will need to use this game to prepare for Big-12 conference play.        

The Aggies have to many weapons for Louisiana Tech to handle and with Jerrod Johnson racing towards the Heisman he’ll take this game as a pre-test. I like Texas A&M to win easily in this game.

Idaho at Nebraska

Not much of a game until you break it down. The Vandals of Idaho finished 8-5 last season but did not play well against top opponents last year.  Nebraska is easily favored to win this game and should be.

Written by Mike Pendleton @MP2310  on Twitter

Update from this game: The Nebraska is leading 24-0 with halftime quickly approaching, a few turnovers for both teams but the offense for the Huskers is just to explosive. No players to watch for on this game as it is already taking place. Huskers should win this easy but it may not improve their ranking in the standings.