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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 1 SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 3 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Abilene Christian at Fresno State MWN-Campus Insiders 7 p.m. PT  
UC Davis at Nevada MWN-Institutional 7 p.m. PT  
New Hampshire at San José State   7 p.m. PT  
Southern Utah at Utah State   7 p.m. MT  
Colorado at Hawai‘i CBS Sports Network 7 p.m. HT SIRIUS 84/ XM 84
Friday, September 4 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Washington at #24/23 Boise State ESPN 8:15 p.m. MT SIRIUS 84/ XM 84
Saturday, September 5 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Morgan State at Air Force ROOT SPORTS/MWN 1:30 p.m. MT  
Savannah State at Colorado State MWN-Institutional 2 p.m. MT  
North Dakota at Wyoming   2 p.m. MT  
San Diego at San Diego State Mountain West Network 5 p.m. PT  
Mississippi Valley State at New Mexico   6 p.m. MT  
UNLV at Northern Illinois CBS Sports Network 6:30 p.m. CT  


MW TEAMS IN SEASON OPENERS
Mountain West teams are 71-61 in season openers since the inception of the league in 1999. MW teams are 52-19 at home and 13-33 on the road. Below is an all-time breakdown of the Mountain West in season openers.

TWO NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN MW RANKS IN 2015
For the second consecutive year, the Mountain West welcomes two new head football coaches. Colorado State will be under the direction of Mike Bobo, while Tony Sanchez takes over at UNLV. Both are first-year head coaches.

Bobo comes to Colorado State from the University of Georgia, where he had spent the previous 14 seasons, including the last eight as offensive coordinator. Bobo's 14-year stint at Georgia, where he was a quarterback in the late 1990s, began in January, 2001, when head coach Mark Richt hired him as quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007. During his time at UGA, Bobo helped lead the Bulldogs to 135 victories, including two Southeastern Conference championships, five SEC Eastern Division titles and eight bowl victories. Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, Bobo began his coaching career at Jacksonville State (1999-2000).

Sanchez spent the last six seasons leading Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High School to an overall record of 85-5 and six consecutive state 4A championships. In his six seasons at Bishop Gorman, Sanchez saw 34 of his players earn collegiate football scholarships, including 25 to FBS programs. Prior to his stint in Las Vegas, he coached at Onate High School in Las Cruces, N.M. and Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas. His lone collegiate coaching experience came in 1996 as he was an undergraduate assistant at New Mexico State, the school where Sanchez was a two-year letterwinner.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The Mountain West is home to five of the 13 youngest head coaches at the FBS level. Boise State's Bryan Harsin (38), Nevada's Brian Polian (40), Colorado State's Mike Bobo (41), UNLV's Tony Sanchez (41) and Utah State's Matt Wells (41) are among the group of 13 coaches who were born in 1973 or later.

#HIGHLIGHTS

(Notes from around the Mountain west in 140 characters or less)

  • Nine first-team All-Mountain West honorees return in 2015, including four on the offensive side of the ball and five on defense.

  • The @MountainWest was one of three conferences with four 10-win teams in 2014, joining the Pac-12 and SEC.

  • Four MW teams posted undefeated home records in 2014 (AFA, BSU, CSU & USU), and all four schools have home winning streaks of at least six games.

  • .@BroncoSportsFB enters the year riding a nine-game win streak, the second-longest win streak nationally behind Ohio State (13).

  • .@BroncoSportsFB is coming off their 13th consecutive bowl apperance, an active streak that ties for seventh nationally.

  • Boise State boasts the highest win percentage since 2000, having won 167 of 195 contests for a mark of .856.

  • In 2015, @USUFootball will play nine opponents that played in bowl games in 2014. This is tied for the fifth-most nationally.

  • A @CSUFootball victory on Saturday over Savannah State would tie the CSU record for consecutive home wins (9 from 10/8/27 to 10/4/29).

  • .@HawaiiFootball will play 13 consecutive weeks without a bye, a number which leads the nation along with Colorado.

  • .@NevadaFootball enters the season with 13 seniors, tied for 9th fewest nationally, & only 1 at an offensive skill spot, 2nd-fewest in FBS.

  • .@USUFootball is 1 of 4 FBS teams to win 30+ games and record three bowl victories in the last 3 years (Clemson, Michigan State & Oregon).

  • .@CSUFootball's Rashard Higgins has caught at least one pass in 26 consecutive games, a streak which is T-7th in FBS & the most in the MW.

  • Higgins has registered 100 receiving yds in 8 consecutive games, a streak which ranks 2nd in MW history behind BYU's Austin Collie (11-'08).

  • The @MountainWest returns the nation's No. 1 WR in Higgins (145.8 yds/gm) and No. 2 RB in @GoAztecs Donnel Pumphrey (143.6 yds/gm).

  • Dating back to 11/8/14, Pumphrey has recorded 4 consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards, 3 games off the @MountainWest record.

  • @BroncoSportsFB's Darian Thompson has 14 career interceptions, four away from tying the @MountainWest record held by Utah's Eric Weddle.

  • .@BroncoSportsFB Thompson (14) & teammate Donte Deayon (13) rank T-2nd and 4th nationally in active career interceptions, respectively.

  • .@NewMexicoFB linebacker Dakota Cox returns for his junior season after leading the country with 12.9 tackles per game (116) as a sophomore.

  • In 2014, @UNLVFootball receiver Devonte Boyd led all freshmen nationally with 980 receiving yards in the regular season.

  • On Sept. 3, Chuckie Keeton will become only the 2nd FBS quarterback to ever start five season openers, joining Tulsa's T.J. Rubley (87-91).

  • Senior @CSUFootball linebacker Cory James has 22 career sacks, only 6.5 away from tying the MW record, which was set in 2009.

  • .@UNMFootball's Carlos Wiggins is the nation's active leader in kick return average at 28.0. The Lobos senior has returned 4 kicks for a TD.

  • For the 9th time in the last 10 years a MW team is ranked in both preseason polls (Boise State - 23 in AP & 24 in Coaches).