In this blog from Mountain West Connection, Hank Corless takes a look at Boise State’s 34-17 win over Nevada in which the Broncos lost their star quarterback Joe Southwick. I liked this post because it uses a lot of good stats and I can tell Corless really did his research for the article while still being able to provide good analysis, especially in regard to what’s next for the Broncos after their quarterback suffered a broken right angle on their first offensive play of the day. Corless did a good job of making a mostly one-sided game really seem interesting while also noting the importance of the injury.
Fresno State has been the class of the Mountain West Conference this season, starting off the year 5-0 and coming into this week ranked #21 in the AP Top 25 Poll. With all the success in Fresno this year, there seems to be one main question around the rest of the conference: who is the second best team in the Mountain West?
Out of the eleven remaining teams in the conference, five of them have a record of either 3-2 or 3-3. Those teams are UNLV, Nevada, Utah State, Wyoming, and Boise State. In the season’s first Mid-Major top 10 poll, ran by Hustle Belt and reported by MWConnection, Boise State is the next highest ranked MWC team with Wyoming rounding out the top 10.
Boise has been a national powerhouse over the past few years, but after their shaky start and loss to Fresno State earlier in the season many people think the Bronco’s continued success might have finally come to an end. Wyoming is a different story though. The Cowboys have gone through the last few years without having much overwhelming success, both in the conference and on the national scale. This year though, there’s a new swagger in Laramie. Off to a 3-2 start, with only a 3-point loss in the season-opener against Nebraska and a somewhat forgettable loss in a poor effort against Texas State, the Cowboys are playing at a higher level than they have in the past. Behind the arm of third-year-starting junior quarterback Brett Smith, the ‘Boys have their eyes set on a bowl game; and if they keep playing as well as they have been, there could be big things to come for Wyoming.