Big 5 futures
BUY — BYU: Should be able to pound ball at next 3 opponents
BUY — Utah: A win tonight would set up huge November for Utes
HOLD — USU: Nevada's offense putting up amazing numbers
BUY — WSU: At home with chance to win third straight game
HOLD — SUU: Finally, T-birds facing a team that's not ranked
Game of the week
Wyoming at Air Force
Saturday, noon (The mtn.)
Last week, Air Force was back to doing what it does best, running the ball 69 times for 385 yards in a win over Colorado State. The result was a fourth MWC win for the Falcons, setting up this Saturday's contest against Wyoming as a must-win between two teams with one conference loss.
"Troy was lying about that 22 passes a game deal," joked Wyoming coach Joe Glenn about Falcon coach Troy Calhoun's offense, which was supposed to put more emphasis on the pass this year.
Whether the Falcons will take the same approach against Wyoming is uncertain. Calhoun attributed the volume of running plays in part to weather, but regardless of the conditions, Air Force will face a major test in the Cowboy defense. Wyoming ranks No. 1 in the conference and 10th nationally, giving up just 280.5 yards per game.
"You look at the second half of last year, and then look through the first half of this year, It's as good of a defense as there may be in the country," said Calhoun, noting that the Cowboys are well-coached, disciplined and "able to stop the run even if they don't necessarily have a lot of hats in there."
Said Glenn: "Our two teams have always matched up really good. Every year I've been here, we've had just a knock-down, drag-out brawl ... so I don't expect anything any different."
Team on the rise
NEW MEXICO: Overcame the disappointment of losing to BYU, a near-two-hour lightning delay in Laramie and a tough Wyoming team to even its MWC record at 1-1.
Team on the decline
UNLV: What looked like a major breakthrough victory against Utah has been followed by three straight losses.
"It was a horrible weather day at 7,220 (elevation), and the Lobos made it even more horrible." — Joe Glenn, Wyoming coach on the loss to New Mexico that was interrupted in the second quarter by a one-hour, 43-minute lightning delay.
UNLV coach Mike Sanford on linebacker Beau Bell: "He got co-defensive player of the week and somebody tried to congratulate him and he was very disappointed and upset that BYU ran the football on us like they did. And he takes that personally." ... UNLV's starting quarterback will be a game-time decision on Saturday. Starter Travis Dixon (ankle, knee) was hurt on the final drive against BYU ... New Mexico's Rocky Long on the retirement talk surrounding CSU's Sonny Lubick: "Only Sonny knows if it's time to retire or not, but I think he's one of the great coaches of all time."