In the beginning of the end for the BCS National Championship, with the college football playoff starting next season, the last weekend before the first BCS standings of the year was a wild one for the Mountain West Conference.
Fresno State continued their dominance in the conference last weekend, beating UNLV soundly 38-14. Stud quarterback Derek Carr set more school records in the game, including the records for career touchdowns and completions. With Carr setting the pace, Fresno State has seemingly not slowed down at all on their chase of an undefeated season and a BCS bowl birth.
The Bulldogs enter the initial BCS standings at number 17, with no other MWC being represented at this point in the season. The next most likely team from the MWC to break the BCS Top 25 would seem to be perennial power Boise State, but after this past weekend their chances seem dismal.
Boise State veteran quarterback Joe Southwick went down with a broken ankle in their win against Nevada that could cost him the rest of the season. That leaves the Broncos offense in the hands of junior Grant Hendrick, who did an alright job of managing the rest of the 34-17 win over the Wolfpack. This leaves the Broncos with a few questions. Can Hendrick lead them to the conference’s first ever championship game on December 7th? And if they were to get there, could he win the likely rematch between the Broncos and the undefeated Fresno State Bulldogs?
Things are heating up in the mountains this season, and there seems to be a lot more twists to come.