Mountain West WireAug 27, 2020
2020 San Jose State and UNLV team previews
Jeremy and Matt are back to take a look at what have been for the UNLV and San Jose State's football season. These were the two teams we did not get to before the Mountain West decided cancel the fall season. We go through each team and what could have been by going through the rosters of each team. A big takeaway was that San Jose State has things going in the right direction and could have caused some noise in 2020. UNLV would under a new head coach has a lot to work on, especially a defense that has given up over 30 points per game for basically forever.
We start the show discussing some news with New Mexico which is being sued by the family of Nahje Flowers who took his own life and the lawsuit alleges that head coach Bob Davie overruled doctors that said Flowers should not be playing but was forced to anyways.
Who should Mountain West teams root for?
Matt and Jeremy are back to take a look at some comparisons of teams that are similar in style, play and historical for the upcoming season. We run through the teams and do our best to comp Group of 5 and Power 5 teams to get on the bandwagon now. We also go through some news with transfer portal updates and who could go where, plus could the league see seniors pass on their final year if a spring season is not really in their best interest.
Brandon Huffman discusses the impact of recruiting and COVID-19
Jeremy is joined by Brandon Huffman who is the national recruiting editor for 247Sports to discuss how recruiting is impacted by COVID-19. There are not only four FBS conferences not playing this fall, including the Mountain West, but a good number of states that are pushing back high school football into the spring. We discuss how offering these athletes is becoming different, especially for the 2022 class, and how limited high school football will likely prevent poaching from Power 5 programs at the last second.
There also is the discussion about transfer athletes and if there will be a place to play for some of even the top FBS talent who want to play this fall. Then there is the aspect of negative recruiting from schools and leagues that are saying they value football more and other leagues that are saying we value your health.
What will Mountain West football look when it's back?
Jeremy and Matt are back to discuss the decision that the Mountain West made which was to cancel football in the fall with the plan to push it back in the spring. We dive into why that decision was made. Losing the season is a gut punch even if it was expected by a lot of people. There is a petition to get college football back for the Big Ten but that seems to be short-sighted with the medical evidence we know and a lot we do not know.
We also go through many options of how a Mountain West spring football season could be done safely. They include a showcase, monthly games, rivals only and a shortened season of seven games.
MAC, Mountain West are sitting out football this fall
Jeremy is joined by James Jimenez of Hustle Belt who covers MAC sports as the assistant site manager and creative director. We go over the reasons behind MAC canceled the football season and if it was the right choice (which is the right move). Health was clearly at the top as to why to not play football from both leagues, plus with actual football not happening yet, we don't know how much COVDI-19 will be transferred once the players get in close contact. We also discuss if there is anyway a spring season can happen safely even without a vaccine for coronavirus.
Mountain West announces new football schedule; will the season go on?
Jeremy and Matt discuss the new schedule for the upcoming Mountain West football schedule which is an eight-game league slate plus two non-conference games. This allows Air Force to schedule Army and Navy but the league says teams can schedule up to two more games, so there will be some teams that play anywhere between eight and 10 games. Then they discuss if there will even be a college football season with the MAC not playing this fall and UConn also forgoing football this fall.
Colorado State football facing myriad of allegiations
Matt and Jeremy are joined by our Colorado State writer Josh Fredlund to discuss the allegations put on the Colorado State. The issues started with COVID-19 protocols allegedly being violated by the coaching staff. That started an investigation but that was not all. There are also allegations of racial issues within the program. There are a lot of players and coaches who back new head coach Steve Addazio so there is something going on in the program. There is a lot to figure out and the school is looking into the football department and the athletic department as this is not all encompassed within the athletic department.
2020 Fresno State Football Preview
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2020 Fresno State football season. The Bulldogs have a new head coach in Kalen DeBoer but he is no stranger to Fresno State fans as he was the offensive coordinator during the 2018-19 seasons which saw Fresno State go to a pair of Mountain West title games.
The offense will have a new quarterback which should be better than last year in the race to replace Jorge Renya and it should be an upgrade for whoever gets the job. The running back group is deep with Ronnie Rivers and the return of Jordan Mimms from injury. The wide out group is deep but an emerging star is still up in the air.
The defense was not up to standards in 2019 and with returning talent like linebacker Justin Rice who is one of the best defenders in the league, and the defense should take a step forward and no longer be near the bottom of the Mountain West but rather improve to at least average, if not better.
2020 Boise State Football Preview
Matt and Jeremy are back to preview the 2020 Boise State season. As of now, the Broncos have a full 12-game slate so we preview as normal. While this Boise State team does return 11 starts back from both sides of the ball there seems to not be any regression and possibly even an improvement over last year.
The quarterback spot is one of the deepest in the league with starter Hank Bachmeier returning for his second year and he should take a big step forward, assuming he remains healthy. Running back is deep as well led by George Holani also heading into his sophomore season, the wide receiving group does lose talent but there is talent back. The offensive line and defensive line are the biggest question marks heading into the season. The former while losing four starters had plenty of backups who started in 2019, plus a few transfers who will help shore up that line.
The defense loses some big names and usually every year there is a name that people aren't really familiar with that step up for a huge season and that should be the case this year.
2020 Nevada Football Preview
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the Nevada Wolf Pack team. This Nevada squad brings back a lot of its talent from last year and couple that with a strong November and this team could be in contention to win the West Division. The team now has just one quarterback in Carson Strong and he is entrenched as the starter and he did play in 10 games last year. There are other pieces as well that include one of the best WR's in Elijah Cooks, the entire offensive line returns and its two top running backs. That should be a success for a breakout offensive season.
The defense returns 10 starters and if they can build upon consistency and be about average then that will allow the Wolf Pack to make a bowl game and challenge for a Mountain West title.
Air Force Loses QB Donald Hammond III
Jeremy and Matt provide a quick update to Air Force football with QB Donald Hammond III no longer in good standing and likely will not be with the Falcons team this year. This is a huge loss as Hammond was going to be our first-team quarterback and offensive player of the year, so the Falcons losing him is a big deal for their success in 2020.
2020 Air Force Football Preview
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the Air Force football season which is already down one game with the Purdue cancelation. The Falcons do lose a lot of talent, eight total starters, but their offense returns their key players in two of the best offensive lineman around, QB Donald Hammond III, and its top two running backs. The defense will have issues in the secondary with most of those starters gone and as per usual, if the Air Force defense can be just above average in yards per play allowed this team will very much compete for a Mountain West title.
What will the Mountain West football schedule look like?
Matt and Jeremy are back to talk about the tumultuous upcoming college football season that is looking less and less not normal. The Pac-12 and Big Ten have announced that they are going with only conference games and that hurts the Mountain West by losing 15 games. The two discuss what a Mountain West football season will look like and what the most likely option could be.
They also discuss any and all options, including getting in regional games that include BYU.
2020 Utah State Football Preview
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2020 Utah State which is a team that has a unique identity for this upcoming year. There is a new quarterback in Henry Colombi, a new starting running back in potential breakout star Jaylen Warren, the defense is brand new and there is a new offensive coordinator in Bodie Reeder who comes over from North Texas.
The schedule could be the biggest hurdle for the Aggies team in making a bowl game. They have Washington, Washington State and BYU in non-league play, and in the two cross-division games are San Diego State and Nevada. Looking at games in a vaccum there are a lot of winnable games but the layout of the schedule does not help.
There is no key returning defender for the Aggies but there is usually a standout everyone will know, but we just don't have a real good idea who that can be. Also, head coach Gary Andersen is relying on a number of transfers to fill the defensive holes. This season could be wild for Utah State.
Trying to predict the college football season
Jeremy and Matt are back to take a look at what the upcoming college football season will look like now that athletes are back on campus. With players back for workouts in a small and divided group, there are still people resting positive for COVID-19 and these are non-contact workouts. How can the season go on as planned if non-contact activities cause some COVID-19 positive tests? What goes on when there has to be physical contact to play actual football.
There will be an attempt to have a normal season but it will be tough if the virus keeps spreading the season will be shortened, condensed and, who knows, maybe even canceled.
2020 Hawaii Football Preview
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the Hawaii Warriors 2020 football team which will, if nothing else, be an exciting team to watch in the Mountain West. They have a new head coach in Todd Graham and also lost a lot of offensive talent in Cole McDonald and the top three wide receivers but there is potential with who is returning and replacing those players. There is the go-go offense which people should look up and get to know and that unique style of play. As for the defense, they just need to take a small step up to help this team overall. The defensive line need more of a pass rush or disruption to help out the entire unit.
Hawaii has the talent to be a contender in the West Division if things go well and repeat as division champs.
2020 New Mexico Football Preview
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2020 New Mexico Lobos football season. The Lobos have moved on from the Bob Davie-era and made a great hire in Danny Gonzales who is a former Lobo coach and player. This hire was very popular with the Lobos fans as was being able to get back Rocky Long to the staff as he is the defensive coordinator.
This team has some potential but with a lot of questions. Quarterback is up in the air but there is a lean toward Tevaka Tuioti who has the most experience and is the only New Mexico signal-caller to complete more than 50 percent of his passes. The top-five pass catchers are back and the running game has a lot of questions but options to tote the ball.
The defense has some real issues with players transferring and overall not being that great, specifically in its pass defense. That is where Long and Gonzales come in as defensive coaches to get these players ready. This team likely won't go bowling but they will be an interesting team to watch.
2020 Wyoming Football Preview
Matt and Jeremy are back to preview the 2020 Wyoming Cowboys football season. This Wyoming team has a lot of potential and even the loss of the multiple NFL Draft picks, this team can still be in the running for the Mountain Division title. The Cowboys do need to settle out its quarterback situation between Levi Williams and Sean Chambers, plus the wide receiving group needs new faces. The defense could be as good as 2019 as the backups who were making plays in a limited role will now have a larger spot on the team and become potential all-conference players.
2020 San Diego State Football Preview
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2020 San Diego State Football team. The Aztecs are one of many teams in the league with a new head coach in Brady Hoke, who is being promoted from within after Rocky Long stepped down. The big questions for San Diego State's offense is finding a new starting quarterback and what running back will step up. There are options at both positions and players with experience but who will rise to the challenge is the question.
The Aztecs defense has the chance to be real special, especially those at the defensive line position. There is talent lost at the linebacker and the cornerback positions, but the safeties are bringing nearly everyone back and should also be a force. Overall, the schedule plays out with a lot of winnable games but there are many that could go either way. So, the record could fluctuate between bowl eligible and an elite team.
2020 Colorado State Football Preview
Matt and Jeremy are back to preview the 2020 college football season and the first team we are talking about from the Mountain West is the Colorado State Rams. The duo go through what a new coaching staff means for the Rams with Steve Addazio in charge coming over from Boston College. Will his run-first offense work well with a Colorado State offense that is poised to be pass-heavy?
They go through each position unit and there are is a lot to like about this Colorado State team, specifically the offense. The defense has promise as well and if that unit gets a bit better then Colorado State can be pretty good this year. Finally, they go through the schedule and this team has a wide-ranging outcome of possibilities for the final win-loss record.
Alternate Mountain West Football Schedules
Jeremy and Matt are back to talk some Mountain West football and go over some creative ways the schedule could turn out in 2020. Everything is going on as planned but different states have different guidelines on big events, even without fans. California and Oregon are pretty strict in what they will and will not allow. The two go over what happens if the Mountain West needs to play only league games, no California schools in 2020, plus what other leagues could band together for reasonable travel for games and still play a full season. Could a few Big 12 or Big Ten schools far enough West be able to play a Mountain West team to complete its schedule.
Who are the biggest players to replace in Mountain West football?
Jeremy and Matt talk about the biggest players who will be missing from each Mountain West football teams. They go through each of the teams to not only explain who the biggest loss would be but who would step up either to replace said player or the next big thing on each and every team. Before they get to that, they discuss name, image, and likeness and how it is a step in the right direction but not quite there. Plus, a few options on what a 2020 college football season would look like.
2020 NFL Draft: How did the Mountain West perform?
Jeremy and Matt are back to recap the NFL Draft from the Mountain West and where players went. The big name was Utah State's Jordan Love who went to the first round by the Green Bay Packers, and the two discuss how that pick played out and why it was a good and also a bad pick by Green Bay. There were 10 other players drafted this weekend with a few surprises like Boise State's Curtis Weaver falling to the fifth round and Fresno State's Mykal Walker.
Then the duo discusses free-agent signings and how there were fewer this year and it likely has to do with the lack of having any rookie mini-camps the week after the draft.
2020 NFL Draft Preview: How Many Mountain West Players Will Get Drafted
Jeremy and Matt are back to talk some NFL Draft in regards to the Mountain West. The big question of the draft from a Mountain West perspective is where Utah State quarterback Jordan Love will get drafted. He seems likely to be a first-rounder or not but he in all likelihood will be the first Mountain West player taken. We discuss the best fits for Love and if it is better for him to start right away or take a back seat for at least part of the year or longer.
The other players who could be early draft picks come from Boise State in Ezra Cleveland and Curtis Weaver. Other names who could be drafted are Fresno State's Netane Muti, Hawaii's Cole McDonald, San Diego State's Keith Ismael, and maybe a few others. Also, we discuss some sleeper picks and what being an undrafted player means.
2020 Mountain West Football Ultimate Road Trip
Jeremy and Matt are back to talk some college football for the Mountain West. We first start talking about what a college football season will look like this season. Options we discuss are no season, split season, conference only, or push the season into a spring sport. Also, those making predictions, even like ours, should be taken with a grain of salt as no one really knows how long COVID-19 will be causing issues.
The second half of the podcast is more upbeat with the two going through the upcoming schedule and what games they will attend each week. One rule they attempt to have is to make sure to see every Mountain West team.
Early Look At 2020 Mountain West Football Schedule
Jeremy and Matt are back at it to take a look ahead to the 2020 Mountain West football schedule and go through what teams have it easy and tough. We go through some fun non-conference games to watch and what league games could decide a division title in the final week of the Mountain West season.
They also discuss how COVID-19 could impact college football in either a delayed sense or no football at all which would be a very bad scenario. We discussed comments made by Utah State's Gary Andersen who suggested maybe only conference games could happen if football activities can not resume by June 1. Plus, more on the show including a very bold prediction by Jeremy about Colorado State's start to the season.
How much will no spring football hurt Mountain West teams?
Jeremy and Matt are back to talk about how COVID-19 has put an impact on the college sports world, specifically football. Spring football has been canceled for all schools and only Air Force was able to complete all of their practices. A few others got a handful of practices like San Diego State but what we get into is how not having spring practice will impact teams, and especially the teams that have a new head coach. We also go through teams positions that could have used spring football to get better.
2020 Mountain West Tournament Recap
Jeremy and Andrew are back to go over the Mountain West tournament which saw No. 11 Wyoming makes a tournament run and Utah State coming from behind to defeat San Diego State for its second straight tournament title. We go through the games with what surprised us and disappointed us through the games. We chat how UNLV's seasons went in T. J. Otzelberger's first year on the job and how he overachieved a bit.
We get into NCAA Tournament seeding with San Diego State and whether they would rather get that No. 1 seed out East or stay close to home as a No. 2 seed. Also, there is some talk about covid-19 possibly changing the dynamic of the NCAA Tournament by playing games with no fans or even condensing the sites.
Mountain West Tournament Preview
Jeremy and Andrew are back to preview the 2020 Mountain West tournament which begins this week. The two go through the scenarios in the tournament and they both find a soft spot for Colorado State who could sort of play a spoiler in this event. They also go over the various all-conference awards and wonder what is the deal with San Diego State head coach Brian Dutcher who is complaining a lot for a likely No. 1 seed.
Also, all signs point to a two-bid Mountain West tournament, well as long as Utah State doesn't mess things up.
Marchxness features the best songs that are actually bad
Jeremy, Matt and Brandon are here to guide you through the amazingness that his Marchxness.com. This year the bracket is the best songs that are bad from around 1970-89 and the trio go through their brackets, voting philosophy, and surprises throughout. There are some truly bad songs and artists like an Eddie Murphy song, The Eagles have a "hit" on the list, Billy Joel and a whole lot more.
To follow along with this 64-song bracket go to Marchxness.com and vote each day and listen to the songs you think are so bad that they are good.
Spring football preview: Air Force, San Diego State, San Jose State
Jeremy and Matt are back to take a first look at Mountain West teams as spring football gets going. The three teams they discuss are Air Force, San Diego State, and San Jose State. All three have different issues, strengths, and weaknesses heading into the 2020 season. Air Force has depth issues at quarterback, a brand new set of wide receivers and some defensive concern. San Jose State does return all of its pass catchers but the big change is at quarterback with Josh Love graduating and in comes Arkansas transfer Nick Starkel to take over. San Diego State has a new coach with Rocky Long retiring and Brady Hoke taking over. There is a new quarterback and the running game needs to be worked as last year was the worst in years.
Returning Production For 2020 Mountain West Football Teams
Jeremy and Matt are back to take a look at a lot of different topics as we go deeper into the offseason of the college football season. The duo go through coaching changes on the coordinator level like Rocky Long going back to New Mexico and how he can make the team get off to a quicker start with him in charge of the defense.
The NFL Combine is upcoming and we go over a few snubs and expectations, why the NCAA should not hope the U.S. Congress bails them out for name, image and likeness, and finally some takes on part two of national signing day.
They also get into returning production and the first SP+ rankings and make a few tweaks to each of their preseason Mountain West rankings for the 2020 season.
What will happen to the Boise State relationship with the Mountain West?
Jeremy and Matt are back to guide you through the Mountain West football offseason. This latest show begins with the latest coaching hire in the Mountain West which has Todd Graham taking over the Hawaii job as Nick Rolovich has left for the Washington State job. They also get into the transfer portal which is impacting a lot of Mountain West schools, specifically San Diego State landing QB Jack Sears and also Air Force losing multiple key players to the portal.
The wrap the show up talking about the disagreement between Boise State and the Mountain West in regards to the side deal they get for being a superior football program. Now, there is some fighting and the two discuss what is next and what could happen.
Who is the second best team in the Mountain West?
Jeremy and Andrew are back over a far too long of a break to discuss Mountain West hoops. San Diego State is 20-0 and the two discuss the odds of them going undefeated the rest of the season. Then the real conversation starts about who could be the second best team and the two lean toward UNLV but their schedule the rest of the way is not easy. Also, what is going on with Utah State and do they have a chance to land an at-large bid if they win out?
Mountain West TV deal announced; Boise State concerned about separate home game deal
Matt and are Jeremy are back to talk some offseason Mountain West football. They begin with the latest in coaching changes which include San Diego State's Rocky long stepping down and Brady Hoke taking over. The other move saw Nick Rolovich leave Hawaii for Washington State, plus Rolovich raided the Wyoming defensive staff to add to his own at Washington State.
They also dive into the Boise State vs. Mountain West in regards to the TV deal. Mountain West claimed that this separate deal for Broncos home football games is done after this current deal but Boise State disagrees.
Rapid Mountain West Bowl Recap
Jeremy and Matt are back to recap the Mountain West bowl season. Now that both are back they quickly go through the games and along the way nominate players for the all-bowl team for the Mountain West. We get into some vague early 2020 talk surrounding some of the games and also some coaching news within the Mountain West.
Let the offseason begin.
2019 Mountain West Bowl Recap Part 2
Jeremy flies solo once again to recap the Cheeze It and Hawaii Bowl, plus he previews the Arizona Bowl between Georgia State and Wyoming. In the bowl recaps it starts with Hawaii earning a 38-34 victory over BYU. The Warriors offense had a huge game throwing the ball from Cole McDonald who was turnover-free in the game. The Warriors defense also stood out with three turnovers of their own. There was some technology issues in the game that could have made things a bit different but the bowl game was lacking the proper tech.
Air Force vs. Washington State lived up to the hype with the Falcons running at will and the Cougars offense slinging the ball quite well. Air Force had a classic 20-play, 12-plus minute drive that went over the first and second quarters for a touchdown. The Falcons defense also made a few big plays by stopping Washington State on multiple fourth downs.
We also preview the Arizona Bowl between Wyoming and Georgia State which will feature strength vs. strength with the Cowboys defense vs. the Panthers offense and vice versa with weakness vs. weakness. Also, there is some confusing information regarding Wyoming's starting quarterback.
Mountain West Bowl Preview Part 2
Jeremy previews the two Mountain West bowl games this week which is the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve which features old WAC foes BYU vs. Hawaii. This is an interesting game as the Cougars are good enough to get the win over Hawaii but the Warriors offense, if clicking, should be able to take care of business. The other game is a few days later with Air Force taking on Washington State. This game will be very interesting due to the contrasting styles of a run-option attack going up against a pass-heavy offense.
2019 Mountain West Bowl Recap Part One
Jeremy goes solo to recap the first three games of the bowl season which include the Frisco, Las Vegas, and New Mexico Bowls. Well, they all did not go as planned with the league going 1-2 in those games with only San Diego State coming out on top in New Mexico. Utah State's offense showed up in the Frisco Bowl for the most part with a few miscues but the defense could not tackle and gave up an absurd 51 points. Boise State played one of its worst games in a very long time and had its poorest bowl performance ever in the 38-7 loss to Washington. There is a lot of second-guessing for head coach Bryan Harsin in how he got ready for this game and specifically at the quarterback position.
Mountain West Bowl Preview Part 1
Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the first three Mountain West bowl games which include the Frisco Bowl between Utah State and Kent State, Las Vegas Bowl which features Washington and Boise State, and the New Mexico Bowl which has San Diego State vs. Central Michigan. They pick games and ponder if the Mountain West could possibly go undefeated in the bowl slate. The duo also recap all the coaching hires within the league as well.
Grading The Colorado State, UNLV Coaching Hires
Matt and Jeremy are back to go over some of the big news from the Mountain West. It starts with discussing Utah State QB Jordan Love declaring for the NFL Draft and if he made the right choice. Plus, how will he fit in the NFL and what team could be a good fit.
Next, they go over and pick apart and grade UNLV hiring Marcus Arroyo who comes to UNLV from Oregon where he was the offensive coordinator. The other coaching change saw Colorado State bring in recently fired Steve Addazio which is not being perceived as a great move for the Rams football program.
Who is the third best team in Mountain West basketball?
Jeremy and Andrew are back for another round of Mountain West hoops talk. They get into how San Diego State and Utah State are the clear top teams and that it might not be all that close, well, maybe New Mexico. It appears that BYU is trying to its best to even its record vs. the Mountain West after its blowout win over Nevada and then they head to Salt Lake City to play Utah State. That Cougars vs. Aggies game could end up being the game of the week with Yoeli Childs back for BYU and Neemias Queta healthy for the Aggies.
We discuss some teams that might surprise in league and Jeremy gives tips on how to run a college basketball program to its fullest potential. Also, the two look way ahead and noticed the Mountain West is foolishly trying to own college hoops on January 1.
2019 Mountain West Football Title Game Recap
Jeremy and Matt are back to recap the Mountain West football title game which saw Boise State defeat Hawaii 31-10. That three touchdown difference was a bit closer than the score indicated. The Warriors were a bit more aggressive and it cost them a few times when they were in the red zone. Plus, points off of turnovers did not help the Warriors either.
We also get into the bowl game selections which look really good, rail on the College Football Playoff ranking system and the rankings in general, and then a quick discussion regarding Jeff Tedford stepping down as Fresno State's head coach due to health reasons.
Mountain West title game preview with Dave Southorn of The Athletic
This is our third podcat looking at the Mountain West title game between Boise State and Hawaii. This podcast features Jeremy chatting with Dave Southorn of The Athletic to preview the title game. We discuss under the radar players, how it matters that Hawaii has seen Jaylen Henderson in person and vice versa and is there any transfer portal drama at QB?
We also get into the New Year's Six race between Boise State and Cincinnati; finally we end on thoughts regarding Chris Petersen stepping down at Washington and some fond memories Dave has on covering Coach Peter.
We round out the show with Raj's take on the New Year's bid for Boise State vs. Cincinnati.
Mountain West Football Title Game From A Homer's Perpsective
Jeremy is joined by Raj who covers Boise State and Preston who covers Hawaii to preview this Mountain West title game from the perspective of each person who covers their team more closely. We go back and forth with Jeremy chiming in with lame jokes about this game. The two give predictions and how each team can win.