The Pregame Warm-Up Podcast: Legends & Leaders, Coaching Carousel part 2 and Bowls.

This week we poke fun at the Big Ten’s division names and new logo, trying to figure out why they did it.  We discuss more changes in the coaching ranks and  talk about a few of the upcoming bowl games, including the Letdown Bowl, which features Boise State and Utah.  I’m joined this week, as always, by Michael Felder from and Jon Dove from

Here is the Will Muschamp press conference:


MWC Report: Week 7

MWC week 6 pack it in, welcome week 7

With week 6 in the books already, this 2010 FBS season is going by quickly, next thing you know its bowl season already; can we halt this a bit so we can enjoy it before you know it football is gone from us again. Anyway, there were a couple surprises last week in the MWC and a majority of “yeah I knew that would happen” type of games; like the New Mexico and New Mexico State game, like I said don’t expect any offense in that game.

The Class Act in the MWC
TCU HORNED FROGS currently ranked 4th in the nation, they can thank Alabama for their lost and better TCU’s chances of a possible bid in the title game. They have an upcoming 3 game stretch that’ll be their meat of the schedule, they can tough it out and win out, who knows what’ll happen within the BCS Rankings. They welcome BYU this week, play 23rd ranked Air Force following week and got a date with another MWC powerhouse 11th ranked Utah, none are easy outs for the Horned Frogs. They’re currently the top ranked defense in the nation, 2nd in points allowed with 10.2 ppg and just had back to back shutouts to extend their regular season winning streak to 19. They are playing at home this week where they have outscored their opponents 152-17.

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24: Safety Tejay Johnson  of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates his touchdown pass interception with Tank Carder  in the fourth quarter against the SMU Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Week 6 recap
• Colorado State – 27 @ Air Force – 49
• Wyoming – 0 @ TCU – 45
• UNLV – 10 @ West Virginia – 49
• SDSU – 21 @ BYU – 24
• UTAH – 68 @ Iowa State – 27
• New Mexico – 14 @ New Mexico State – 16

• Colorado State – RB – Leonard Mason 22car 139yds 1td
• Air Force – RB – Asher Clark 17car 125yds 1td
• Air Force – WR – Zach Kauth 3rec 85yds 2td
• TCU – QB – Andy Dalton 14-17 270yds 3tds
• TCU – RB – Ed Wesley 17car 115yds 1td
• TCU – rushed as a team for a total of 305yds
• SDSU – QB – Ryan Lindley 20-34 220yds 3tds 1int
• SDSU – WR – Vincent Brown 6rec 101yds 1td
• BYU – RB – JJ Di Luigi 22car 134yds 1td
• BYU – RB – Bryan Kariya 22car 85yds 2tds
• UTAH – RB – Eddie Wide 13car 71yds 2td 4rec 46yds 1td
• UTAH – QB – Jordan Wynn 23-31 325yds 2td 1int
• UTAH – WR – DeVonte Christopher 6rec 124yds 1td


UNLV @ Colorado State – if the Rams RB Mason can continue to run well, I’ll take the Rams in this one. UNLV QB Omar Clayton should keep this one interesting though but at home, Rams come out with the victory. UNLV – 17 @ CSU – 27

(11) Utah @ Wyoming – what are the chances for Wyoming to face TCU one week only to follow it up against Utah. Wyoming can play for pride, as I don’t think they’ll score a touchdown in this game neither. Look for Utah to get another blowout in as QB Wynn takes care of business, early and often. Utah – 52 Wyoming – 0

BYU @ (4) TCU – back to back shutouts and TCU is at home where they’ve outscored their opponents 152-17; yes I like their chances of winning another game to extend their regular season winning streak to 20, Dalton and Wesley will take care of business, easily. BYU – 14 @ TCU – 47

December 31, 2008: .Air Force TB Asher Clark #17 in action during the NCAA Football game between the Houston Cougars and the Air Force Falcons at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, TX. Houston defeated Air Force 34-28. Manny Flores/CSM Photo via Newscom

(23) Air Force @ San Diego State – I believe San Diego State got upset last week in the hands of BYU, look for a bounce back game but it wont come easy as the Falcons potent rushing attack will be a hard out for San Diego State. This should be a shootout with the home team coming out on top in this one. Aztec RB Ronnie Hillman will definitely have a bounce back game. AIR FORCE – 31 @ SDSU – 42

Written by Brandon “Bee” Salamat.  Follow him on Twitter @TruGentleman808.

Mountain West Conference Breakdown


 Week 5 is in the books in the 2010 FBS Season and there were a few surprises that occurred with some games.  A few notes for some MWC players; Andy Dalton (QB – TCU) is 4 wins above Kellen Moore (QB-Boise State) for active wins as a Quarterback. UNLV WR Philip Payne had a career game in a loss against Nevada.

Week 5 Game Re-Caps


Navy 6 – Air Force 14

               Although the score may seem low, the Falcons offense was a little to much for Navy to handle.  Air Force ran for 292 yards and brings a total of 8 straight games that they’ve out rushed their opponent.  The Falcons defense was stellar as well; holding Navy QB Ricky Dobbs without a rushing touchdown for the first time in his career (17 games). With that in mind Air Force has held each of their opponents scoreless in the 4th quarter; with Oregon being the only other team to do so (impressive).

TCU 27 – Colorado State 0

               Another week gone by and another victory for the BCS Busters TCU Horned Frogs.  The Rams were no match for TCU as they easily went away with this one, albeit it was pretty but a win is a win.  TCU has now outscored their opponents 50-7 in the 4th quarter in 2010.  They didn’t need much of Dalton in this one as the Horned Frogs racked up a season high 346 yards on the ground. 


               Losing streak continues for the Lobos as they drop to 0-5 after a lost to UTEP.  It was a close game throughout the 1st half as the Lobos defense and special teams kept them in the game, but as the game went on they could no longer contain the Miners as they compiled 435 yards of total offense to 229 yards for New Mexico. 


               Freshman QB Jake Heaps threw for 271 yards but took him 54 passes.  The Cougars were simply beat by big plays early on and could never recover, as this was quite surprising that Utah State were able to pull of the victory.  Things don’t get easier next week as the Cougars face the high-powered offense of San Diego State. 


               After going up 14-0 then midway thru the 3rd being up 20-0 the cowboys were able to withstand Toledo’s 4th quarter comeback as they hold on for the 5 point victory.  Wyoming improves its 2010 record to 2-3 and probably not looking forward to their week six date with the 5th ranked team in the nation TCU.


               This is a game UNLV would like to forget, as they had no answer to stop the Wolfpack’s running game.  Nevada was able to rack up 374 yards on the ground and score 5 touchdowns while at it.  Another thing is that UNLV didn’t allow Nevada to punt, not once.  UNLV WR Payne was the lone bright spot for the runnin’ rebels as he had 170 yards receiving. 



Colorado State @ (25) AIR FORCE

               Can the Rams stop the Falcons rushing attack? I don’t think so as I see Air Force put up more than 14 points in this game.  Their at home, finally cracked the top 25 and look to prove they belong there with a strong game against inter-conference opponent Colorado State.  I see Air Force putting up more rushing yards than their opponent for the 9th straight game and literally run away with the win.


Wyoming @ (5) TCU

               It wasn’t pretty for QB Andy Dalton last week but the run game dominated the game and against the 114th ranked rush defense in Wyoming.  Another inter-conference game this week in the MWC, and another victory for the BCS Busters TCU Horned Frogs.  Look for RB Ed Wesley to run away with this one as he’s averaging an astounding 7.1 yards per rush, with Tucker providing another RB for Wyoming to worry about.  After a shutout last week, look for TCU to flirt with another one as Dalton and Wesley and the nations 3rd ranked defense take care of the Cowboys. 



               This will be the first time in schools history that UNLV will face off against a Big East opponent and they had to pick West Virginia, huh? UNLV will have their hands full all game long trying to stop speedy RB of WVU Noel Devine.  UNLV pulls up short with a late 2nd half surge once again as Devine and company come away with the victory.



               The Aztec’s are coming off a bye week and this high-powered offense is hoping the Cougars are not ready for what’s about to hit them.  The 7th best offense in the nation looks to manhandle the 101st ranked defense in the nation.  Come Saturday I’ll call this the Lindley and Hillman show with special guest at WR DeMarco Sampson as the Aztecs get an easy win on the road to go 1-0 in MWC play. 



               Coming off a bye, the Utes look to continue their undefeated season as they visit Iowa State.  Utah is currently 5-0 coming off a regular season bye and look to get that streak to 6 games.  QB Terrance Cain ranks 1st in the nation in pass efficiency being at 192.5.  As good as Utah is playing their going to look for their 1st victory over Iowa State as they came up short with the past 4 meetings.  I’m going with Cain and the Utes coming off a bye and continue to win out.



               This will be the 101st meeting between these inter-state rivals but this one shouldn’t be pretty.  I wouldn’t know what to expect from this game as both are bad on offense and defense; the plus side to this though is one of these schools will pick up their 1st victory of the season but things don’t look well for the Lobos as New Mexico State has won 3 straight games when they play at home.  Lets hope New Mexico Lobos can pull out the victory for their first win.


Written by Brandon “Bee” Salamat. Follow him on Twitter @TruGentleman808

The MWC Recap/Preview


As week 4 comes to a close for the 2010 College Football Season; the Mountain West Conference went a combined 4-1 in non-conference games while Air Force and UNLV both picked up victories in conference play.  There were some blowouts and a couple games coming down to the wire, all in all a successful week for the MWC. 

Week 4 Recap


Tim Jefferson ran for the go ahead TD that helped propel the Falcons to victory.  Air Force RB Jared Tew lead the way with 136 yards on the ground.


This was an exciting game as CSU kicker converted on a 35-yard field goal as time expired to help the Rams end their 12 game losing streak. QB Nathan Enderle of Idaho threw for 345yds 3tds in the lost.  

NEVADA (27) BYU (13)

BYU QB Jake Heaps, a freshman, got his first start and went 24-45 for 229 yards, as the Cougars offense wasn’t enough to beat Nevada. 


SDSU QB Ryan Lindley passed for 362 yards and 3 tds as the Aztecs rolled past Utah State to continue their offensive onslaught thru their first 4 games.


The Utes had 8 different players to have scored a touchdown and QB Jordan Wynn played for the first time since the season opener.


  • Air Force – RB – Jared Tew 27car 135yds 1td
  • Air Force –RB- Tim Jefferson 15car 91yds 1td
  • Wyoming –RB- Alvester Alexander 22car 123yds 2td
  • Colorado State –RB- Raymond Carter 16car 107yds 1td / 4rec 120yds 2tds
  • Colorado State –QB- Pete Thomas 28-35 381yds 3tds 1int
  • BYU –RB- JJ Di Luigi 15car 67yds 1td / 8rec 57yds
  • UTAH –QB- Jordan Wynn 14-18 124yds 2td
  • SDSU –RB- Ronnie Hillman 24car 101yds 1td
  • SDSU –QB- Ryan Lindley 17-25 362yds 3tds 1int
  • UNLV –WR- Michael Johnson 8rec 138yds 3tds
  • UNLV –QB- Omar Clayton 14-20 194yds 3tds


PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 05:   Quarterback Ryan Lindley #14 of the San Diego State Aztecs looks to pass in the first half against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on September 5, 2009 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

A Look at Week 5 Match-Ups

BYE WEEK – UTAH and San Diego State


Last week Utah State faced an offensive onslaught brought by San Diego State, now they face the Cougars and their potent rushing attack.  Can they stop them? Probably not, Freshman QB Jake Heaps, of BYU, will look to make his 2nd start and lead his team to victory.  BYU (31) Utah State (13)


TCU QB Andy Dalton will look to bounce back from a mediocre performance last week at SMU.  The Horned Frogs will look to their run game again as it disappeared last week as well; so it seems as fast as the Rams ended their 12 game losing streak their celebration will not last long.  Colorado State will have a tough time defending TCU in the pass and with the run as the Horned Frogs blow this one away, early. 

TCU (53) Colorado State (13)


After coming away with a go ahead TD last week things could get a bit easier for the Falcons this week.  We shouldn’t see much passing in this game as both teams give new meaning in “lets establish the run” because that’s what both teams are known for, running the football.  Look for RB Tim Jefferson, Air Force, to keep pounding the ball on the ground and lead the Falcons to victory.  AIR FORCE (37) Navy (24)


With UTEP putting up 16pts last week against Memphis and New Mexico putting up a big zero in the scoring column against UNLV, I’m not sure we can expect much offense in this match-up, and if this is the case, look for UTEP to step up and take over the game as the Lobos look lost this season and will fall to 0-5 in the 2010 season.

UTEP (24) New Mexico (13)


The Cowboys will look to rebound after coming up short against Air Force in week 4; as Toledo packs a punch on offense.  Wyoming would have to try and contain Toledo dual threat QB Austin Dantin because he’ll run it if he has too and piled up 2 rushing tds and 2 passing tds in week 4.  Toledo is at home and I believe the Cowboys don’t stand a chance.  TOLEDO (48) Wyoming (17)


The Wolfpack is off to a remarkable start, 4-0 and they take their game to Las Vegas.  UNLV looked good last week against New Mexico in a blowout, but Nevada has been more impressive as they already beat Cal on national television and has yet to find anyone to contain their offensive assault.  UNLV QB Omar Clayton will try to duplicate what he did last week but will be hard pressed by Nevada’s own Colin Kaepernick.  The Runnin’ Rebels keep this one close, but the Wolfpack provides the ending punch. NEVADA (43) UNLV (31)

Written by Brandon Salamat @TruGentleman808 on Twitter