November 29, 2020

Aint No Mountain West High Enough

Let me get this straight. At the end of the last college bowl season we had a Mountain West team playing in the Sugar Bowl against an SEC legend in Alabama. Could I have been dreaming? Oh, and by the way Utah won 31-17 to end the season undefeated.

Like My Cousin Vinnie once said, the 2 Utes look very good and could become the first team ever to go undefeated in back to back years, but of course they still would not play for a National Championship. There will be early bumps on their road to possible destiny since they travel to Oregon this year on the 19th of September and then Louisville comes to town the very next week.

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BYU senior quarterback Max Hall was named Preseason MWC Offensive Player of the Year, while TCU senior defensive end Jerry Hughes was selected Defensive Player of the Year.
Horned Frogs junior kick returner Jeremy Kerley was chosen Special Teams Player of the Year and TCU running back Ed Wesley was tabbed as Freshman of the Year for the preseason.

Hall, a first-team all Mountain West Conference honoree in 2008, after passing for league-highs of 3,957 yards and 35 touchdowns last fall. Hall led the Mountain West in these two categories for an impressive second year. Hall’s passing and overall total yardage slightly above 4,000 yards broke conference records and ranked him in the top 10 nationally. Jerry Hughes was a consensus All-American last year plus the MWC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-MWC selection. Hughes tied for the lead nationally with six forced fumbles and led the nation with 15 sacks which set a MWC record.

Below is a short list of players to keep your eyes on this year in the Mountain West Conference.

DE Jerry Hughes, Sr. TCU
QB Max Hall, Sr. BYU
WR Dion Morton, Sr. Colorado State
RB Harvey Unga, Jr. BYU
TE Dennis Pitta, Sr. BYU
RB Matt Asiata, Sr. Utah
LB Daryl Washington, Sr. TCU
WR Ryan Wolfe, Sr. UNLV
DT John Fletcher, Sr. Wyoming
DB Chris Thomas, Sr. Air Force
DL Koa Misi, Sr. Utah
DB Rafael Priest, Sr. TCU

Surprise Team

TCU – My Sleeper is TCU to win the very tough Mountain West Conference. If the Horned Frogs can get wins at Virginia in the season opener and then two weeks later at Clemson things will get off in nice fashion. They have a real tough game at BYU in October, but after a win the Frogs will not only win the Mountain West Conference they will go unbeaten because they beat Utah at home in November.

Disappointing Team

Utah – The Utes will still be playing a high level, but they have road games at BYU, TCU, Colorado State, Oregon and San Jose State and even Utah can’t survive such a brutal schedule.

Game of the Year

TCU at BYU in late October will be the game that decides who wins the Mountain West Conference title.

Next week. WAC and Big East

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