Around the MW: Notes, Quotes and This Week's Games on Sirius XM

TOP RANKED GROUP OF 5

After Week 2, Boise State is ranked No. 17 in both the Amway Coaches Poll and Associated Press Top-25. The Broncos are the highest ranked Group of 5 team, jumping UCF in the AP Top-25. This is the 17th consecutive season the Broncos have been nationally ranked for at least one week. Additionally, Hawai‘i, which has started 3-0 for the first time since 2007, is receiving votes in both polls.

BUILDING ON 2017

Last season, Fresno State became only the second FBS program in history to go from double-digit losses one season (1-11) to double-digit wins the next (10-4), joining Miami (Ohio) from 2010. Mountain West teams have recorded the nation’s largest win improvement in the last two seasons. Fresno State had a nine-game win improvement in 2017, while Wyoming tied for the best nationally with a six-game win improvement in 2016.

HAWAI‘I BRINGS BACK THE RUN-N-SHOOT OFFENSE

Hawai‘i brought back the Run-N-Shoot offense in 2018, and through three games the Rainbow Warriors have seen great success. In the season opener at Colorado State, UH threw for 418 yards and rushed for another 199 yards. The 617 yards of total offense is the Rainbow Warriors’ highest output in a single-game since Nov. 23, 2013 (624 yards at Wyoming). In the Conference-opener against the Rams, sophomore QB Cole McDonald set a program record for passing yards (418) in a starting debut. The record was previously held by now-head coach Nick Rolovich, who threw for 367 yards vs. Portland State in 2001. In a home-opening victory against Navy, McDonald threw for 428 yards and six touchdowns. He is the first Mountain West QB to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games since Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson in September of 2014. The Rainbow Warriors, who ran this offense from 1999-2011, currently rank fourth nationally in passing offense (391.0/game) and have the No. 1 red zone offense nationally.

NOT JUST A FLASH IN THE PAN

• The Mountain West has won three consecutive games against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (Boise State over UConn, Hawai‘i over Navy and Fresno State over Houston). •

In the last three seasons, San Diego State has racked up 33 victories, which is the most among the Group of 5 and sixth-best nationally, trailing only Alabama (43), Clemson (42), Ohio State (37), Oklahoma (36) and Wisconsin (36).

• Head coach Rocky Long has led the Aztecs to a bowl game in his first seven seasons. Long is the all-time winningest head coach in Mountain West history (129-99).

• Boise State has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West. This year, the Broncos travel to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 15. Since 2010, BSU has compiled a 12-8 (.600) record against current Autonomous 5 programs. The Broncos have defeated Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington State.

• Boise State is nationally-ranked for at least one week for the 17th consecutive season.

• Boise State has made 16 consecutive post-season appearances, the longest streak among Group of 5 institutions and sixth-best nationally.

• Over the last 14 seasons, the Mountain West owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences (.560), trailing only the SEC (.628).

#HIGHLIGHTS

(NOTES FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN 280 CHARACTERS OR LESS)

• .@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).

• .@USUFootball PK Dominik Eberle tied two NCAA single-game records last Saturday against New Mexico State: points scored kicking (24) and most field goals from 50-plus yards (3).

• .@FresnoStateFB, which travels to UCLA on Saturday, Sept. 15, looks for 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.

• The @MountainWest has won three consecutive games against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (Boise State over UConn, Hawai‘i over Navy and Fresno State over Houston).

• @BroncoSportsFB is ranked No. 17 in both the Amway Coaches Poll and @AP_Top25. The Broncos are the highest ranked Group of 5 program this season.

• .@BroncoSportsFB has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West. This weekend, the Broncos travel to nationally-ranked Oklahoma State.

• .@SDSUFootball RB Juwan Washington, who outrushed Stanford’s Bryce Love in the season opener, ranks second nationally in rushing yards per game (157.0) and third in total rushing yards (314).

• .@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.

• .@BroncoSportsFB Brett Rypien is the FBS’ active leading passer with 10,543 yards. He is the only FBS QB with more than 10,000 career passing yards. • .

@BroncoSportsFB Brett Rypien ranks fourth in @MountainWest history with 10,543 career passing yards. Rypien needs 478 passing yards to move into third place.

• .@HawaiiFootball has opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 2007, when the Rainbow Warriors opened the year with 12 consecutive victories.

• .@HawaiiFootball QB Cole McDonald, who leads the FBS with 1,165 passing yards through three games this season, is the first @MountainWest QB to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games since 2014 (CSU’s Garrett Grayson).

• 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 33-10 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.

• The Aztecs’ 33 victories in the last three years are the sixth-most nationally and the most among the Group of 5, trailing only Alabama (43), Clemson (42), Ohio State (37), Oklahoma (36) and Wisconsin (36).

• .@SDSUFootball QB Christian Chapman became the winningest signal-caller in program history last Saturday after a 28-14 victory over Sacramento State.

• .@wyo_football’s Andrew Wingard enters the 2018 season with 387 career tackles, just 68 shy of setting the @MountainWest record (New Mexico’s Carmen Messina - 454).

• .@FresnoStateFB WR KeeSean Johnson leads the nation with at least one reception in 38 consecutive games.

• .@CSUFootball QB K.J. Carta-Samuels threw for 537 yards against @HawaiiFootball in the Rams’ season-opener, which is tied for the second-most in MW history for a single game.

• .@UNLVFootball RB Lexington Thomas is 987 rushing yards shy of becoming the program’s career leading rusher. Earning that would also place Thomas in fifthplace all-time in @MountainWest history.

• .@USUFootball ranks third nationally in kickoff return average (44.5), and has the highest average amongsts all FBS teams with at least four returns this season.

• .@BroncoSportsFB is one of four Group of 5 teams that will not face a FCS opponent this season, joining UTSA, Miami (OH) and Northern Illinois.

MW FOOTBALL ON SIRIUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO

The following game will be available on SIRIUS/XM Satellite radio this week:

MW Football Games on Sirius XM This Week

Thur., Sept. 13

Tennessee Tech at Utah State . . 6 p.m. MT . . . . . . . SIRIUS 205/ XM 201

Sat., Sept. 15

Hawai‘i at Army . . . . . . . . . . . Noon ET . . . . . . . . . SIRIUS 81/ XM 81

Boise State at Oklahoma State . 2:30 p.m. CT . . . . SIRIUS 111/ XM 201

Colorado State at Florida . . . . . 4 p.m. ET . . . . . . . . SIRIUS 98/ XM 190

Wofford at Wyoming . . . . . . . . 2 p.m. MT . . . . . . . . . . XM 387

San José State at Oregon . . . . . 2 p.m. PT . . . . . . . . SIRIUS 78 XM 197

Oregon State at Nevada . . . . . . 4 p.m. PT . . . . . . . SIRIUS 119 XM 202

New Mexico at New Mexico St. . 6 p.m. MT . . . . . . . SIRIUS 138/ XM 380

Prairie View A&M at UNLV . . . . 7 p.m. PT . . . . . . . SIRIUS 137/ XM 210

Arizona State at San Diego State . . 7:30 p.m. PT . . . . . SIRIUS 81/ XM 81

Fresno State at UCLA . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. PT . . . . SIRIUS 136/ XM 198