MW Notebook: Fresno State, Sand Diego State & Utah State Bowl Eligible
This Week’s Schedule
|Wyoming at Colorado State*||8 p.m. MT||CBS Sports Network|
|New Mexico at Utah State*||2 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at San Jose State||3:30 p.m. PT||AT&T SportsNet|
|Boise at Air Force||5 p.m. MT||CBS Sports Network|
|Hawaii at Fresno State||7:30 p.m. PT||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|San Diego State at Nevada||7:30 p.m. PT||ESPNU|
Last Saturday, Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State became eligible for the postseason. Fresno State is bowl eligible for the second consecutive year under head coach Jeff Tedford. San Diego State is bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season, while Utah State has earned postseason eligibility for the fifth time under head coach Matt Wells.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN 280 CHARACTERS OR LESS
In the 19 seasons since the league’s inception, the @MountainWest’s champion or a current MW member has been a BCS/CFP participant eight times.
.@FresnoStateFB, @USUFootball & @SDSUFootball all earned bowl eligibility last Saturday. The @MountainWest has sent at least five teams to the postseason in 11 consecutive years.
.@HawaiiFootball and @BroncoSportsFB will become bowl-eligible with victories in Week 9.
Last Saturday, @AFFootball head coach Troy Calhoun became one of just two head coaches to win 50 Mountain West games, joining @SDSUFootball’s Rocky Long.
.@USUFootball has opened the season 6-1 for the first time since 1974. In league play, the Aggies are 3-0 for the first time since 2013.
.@FresnoStateFB has the No. 1 scoring defense nationally, limiting opponents to 12.6 points per game. In three @MountainWest games, the Bulldogs have only allowed 13 points and one touchdown.
.@BroncoSportsFB Brett Rypien is the FBS’ active leading passer with 12,042 yards. He is the only active FBS QB with more than 12,000 career passing yards.
.@BroncoSportsFB Brett Rypien ranks second in @MountainWest history with 12,042 career passing yards. Rypien needs 649 passing yards to take the top spot.
.@UNLVFootball RB Lexington Thomas is 590 rushing yards shy of becoming the program’s career leading rusher. Earning that would also place Thomas in fifth-place all-time in @MountainWest history.
.@FresnoStateFB WR KeeSean Johnson leads the nation with at least one reception in 43 consecutive games.
.@SDSUFootball ranks fifth nationally in rush defense, limiting opponents to just 83.6 yards per game. In the season opener, the Aztecs held Stanford’s Bryce Love to 29 rushing yards.
The Aztecs’ 38 victories in the last three years are the sixth-most nationally and the most among the Group of 5, trailing only Alabama (49), Clemson (47), Ohio State (42), Oklahoma (40) and Wisconsin (39).
.@wyo_football’s Andrew Wingard enters the week with 428 career tackles, just 27 shy of setting the @MountainWest record (New Mexico’s Carmen Messina - 454).
The @MountainWest has four quarterbacks ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing yards/game: @HawaiiFootball’s Cole McDonald (5th; 325.9),
@BroncoSportsFB’s Brett Rypien (8th; 309.4), @CSUFootball’s K.J. Carta-Samuels (19th; 271.5) & @NevadaFootball’s Ty Gangi (20th; 269.0).
.@USUFootball PK Dominik Eberle tied two NCAA single-game records on Sept. 8 against New Mexico State: points scored kicking (24) and most field goals from 50-plus yards (3).
.@FresnoStateFB defeated UCLA 38-14 on Sept. 22, earning its first victory against an Autonomous 5 opponent since Sept. 15, 2012 (Colorado, 69-14).
.@FresnoStateFB defeated Idaho 79-13 in the season opener. The 79 points are the second-most scored in a single game in @MountainWest history.
.@FresnoStateFB is off to its best seven-game start (6-1) since going 7-0 in 2013.
The @MountainWest has won four consecutive games against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (Boise State over UConn, Hawai‘i over Navy and Fresno State over Houston and Air Force over Navy).
.@BroncoSportsFB has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West.
.@BroncoSportsFB has been selected to win the Mountain Division for the fifth consecutive season, while @FresnoStateFB is favored to win the West Division for the first time since 2014.
.@CSUFootball scored 25 unanswered points on its way to defeating Arkansas (34-27) on Sept. 8. This is the first @MountainWest victory against a SEC opponent since 2011 (Boise State over Georgia).
In the season-opener against Troy, @BroncoSportsFB senior cornerback Tyler Horton tied an FBS single-game record with two fumble returns for touchdowns.
.@SDSUFootball has compiled a 38-10 record over the last three seasons. The Aztecs are searching for their fourth consecutive 10-win season, which would be the longest-stretch in program history.