Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 1 SCHEDULE|
|Thursday, August 29||TV/Web||Time|
|UNLV at Minnesota||Big Ten Network||6 p.m. CT|
|Utah State at Utah||FOX Sports 1||6 p.m. MT|
|Sacramento State at San José State||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT|
|Rutgers at Fresno State||ESPNU||7:30 p.m. PT|
|24/24 USC at Hawai‘i||CBS Sports Network||5 p.m. HT|
|Saturday, August 31||TV/Web||Time|
|Colgate at Air Force||ROOT SPORTS||1 p.m. MT|
|Eastern Illinois at San Diego State||Mountain West Network||5 p.m. PT|
|UTSA at New Mexico||My50TV-ABQ||6 p.m. MT|
|Wyoming at 18/18 Nebraska||Big Ten Network||7 p.m. CT|
|19/19 Boise State at Washington||FOX Sports 1||7 p.m. PT|
|Nevada at 21/21 UCLA||Pac-12 Networks||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, September 1||TV/Web||Time|
|Colorado State vs. Colorado%||CBS Sports Network||4 p.m. MT|
|% Sports Authority Field (Denver, Colo.)|
WELCOME TO THE MOUNTAIN WEST
San José State and Utah State became official members of the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. SJSU and USU are coming off banner campaigns, as the Spartans and Aggies each concluded the 2012 season with identical 11-2 overall records. San José State finished the season at No. 21 in both the USA Today/Coaches' and Associated Press polls, marking the first time in program history that the Spartans were included in the final national rankings. Utah State ended the year ranked No. 17 in the Coaches' Poll and No. 16 in the AP rankings. It is just the third time in school history that USU has ended a season nationally ranked.
The addition of the Spartans and Aggies brings the full-time membership of the Mountain West to 11 institutions and 12 football-playing members. Beginning in the fall of 2013, MW football membership includes Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV in the West Division.
The Mountain West kicks off its 15th football season with three games against top 25 opponents and nine nationally-televised contests. The 2013 slate opens on Thursday night with five games, including UNLV's trip to Minnesota at 6 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network. Utah State begins its first season in the Mountain West with a visit to instate rival Utah. FOX Sports 1 will televise the game beginning at 6 p.m. MT. Fellow MW newcomer San José State opens at home vs. Sacramento State (7 p.m. PT, MWN/SJSUSpartans.com), while Fresno State hosts Rutgers (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPNU). Hawai‘i will entertain #24/24 USC at 5 p.m. HT on CBS Sports Network.
On Saturday, three additional MW teams will open the home portion of the schedule, as Air Force welcomes Colgate (1 p.m. MT, ROOT SPORTS), San Diego State takes on Eastern Illinois (5 p.m. PT, Mountain West Network) and New Mexico plays UTSA (6 p.m. MT, My50TV). Wyoming travels to #18/18 Nebraska with the Big Ten Network airing the game beginning at 7 p.m. CT. #19/19 Boise State and Nevada round out the day with outings at Pac-12 institutions, as the Broncos travel to Washington (7 p.m. PT, FOX Sports 1) and the Wolf Pack heads to #21/21 UCLA (7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).
The first week closes Sunday as Colorado State faces off against instate foe Colorado in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver is set for 4 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network.
A LOOK AT THE 2013 MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULE
The 2013 Mountain West football schedule is comprised of 98 games, including 48 Conference matchups. The scheduling format for the new 12-member football lineup consists of five intra-divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually. Each institution will play four home and four road Conference games each season.
The 2013 schedule will play out over 15 weeks, concluding on Sat., Dec. 7 with the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game to be played at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking. The game will be broadcast nationally by CBS at 8 p.m. MT.
The non-conference slate features 22 games against teams that earned bowl berths in 2012, including Alabama, Arizona, BYU (3 games), Florida State, Minnesota (2 games), Navy (3 games), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State (2 games), Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Tulsa, UCLA, USC and Washington. Eight non-conference opponents finished ranked in last year's final USA Today/Coaches' and Associated Press Top 25 polls, including #1/1 Alabama, #3/4 Notre Dame, #3 Ohio State (AP), #6/7 Stanford, #8/10 Florida State, #19/20 Oregon State, #23/25 Nebraska and #25 Tulsa (Coaches'). Below is a full breakdown of the Mountain West's 2013 non-conference opponents:
|ACC:||Florida State, Pittsburgh|
|Big Ten:||Minnesota (2), Nebraska, Ohio State|
|C-USA:||Southern Miss, Tulsa, UTEP (2), UTSA|
|Pac-12:||Arizona, Colorado (2), Oregon State (2), Stanford, UCLA, USC (2), Utah, Washington|
|Sun Belt:||Texas State|
|Independent:||Army (2), BYU (3), Navy (3), Notre Dame, Idaho (2), New Mexico State (2)|
|FCS:||Cal Poly (2), Colgate, Eastern Illinois, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Tennessee-Martin, UC Davis, Weber State, Western Illinois|
TUNE IN TO THE MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK, POWERED BY CAMPUS INSIDERS
The Mountain West Conference, in collaboration with Campus Insiders and Volar Video, will greatly expand the video content and reach of its digital network starting in the fall of 2013. Under this unique alliance, the Mountain West and its member institutions will live-stream hundreds of Conference sporting events, add branded studio programming, and grow distribution on multiple platforms and devices.
Campus Insiders (CampusInsiders.com) will exclusively broadcast five football games live online this fall on the Mountain West Network. The first MWN live football game will be streamed on Saturday, August 31, with San Diego State hosting Eastern Illinois at 5 p.m. PT. Rich Cellini will call the play-by-play, while Ted Sundquist will provide game analysis.
Below is a full list of the five contests that will be broadcast exclusively by Campus Insiders and the Mountain West Network.
|Sat., Aug. 31||Eastern Illinois at San Diego State||5 p.m. PT|
|Sat., Sept. 14||Central Michigan at UNLV||7 p.m. PT|
|Sat., Oct. 10||UNLV at Fresno State||7 p.m. PT|
|Sat., Nov. 2||San Jose State at UNLV||1 p.m. PT|
|Sat., Nov. 9||Fresno State at Wyoming||1 p.m. MT|
Additionally, the Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders will simulcast all local and regional telecasts online, including ROOT SPORTS-produced football games in markets outside of the ROOT SPORTS footprint, Oceanic PPV outside of the state of Hawaii and My50-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. See the 2013 Mountain West Composite Football Schedule for more broadcast information.
BRONCOS DEBUT AT NO. 19 IN BOTH PRESEASON POLLS
Boise State enters the 2013 college football season ranked No. 19 in both the preseason USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 and the Associated Press poll. This is the eighth straight year that a Mountain West team has appeared in the preseason rankings.
BSU is one of 11 programs to open the season ranked in both the Coaches' and AP polls in each of the last five seasons. Overall, the Broncos have appeared in 74 of the previous 78 Coaches' polls.
WYOMING'S SMITH MAKING THE CONNECTION
Wyoming's Brett Smith did not throw an interception in the last five games of the 2012 campaign. Overall, the sophomore QB has not been picked off in 174 consecutive pass attempts dating back to Oct. 20, 2012, a streak that ranks as the second-best in Mountain West and Cowboy history behind former QB Casey Bramlet. Smith is tied with Central Florida's Blake Bortles for the longest current streak entering the 2013 season. The Mountain West league touting two quarterbacks with at least 130 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, as Boise State's Joe Southwick has 131 to his credit.
Below is a look at the top five streaks in MW history for consecutive pass attempts without an interception:
|CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION|
|1.||Casey Bramlet, Wyoming||178||8/30/03 to 9/27/03|
|2.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||174||10/20/12 to Present|
|3.||Omar Clayton, UNLV||173||10/27/07 to 9/27/08|
|4.||Charlie Peterson, BYU||164||9/14/00 to 10/26/00|
|5.||Jeff Ballard, TCU||154||10/28/06 to 12/19/06|
FRESNO STATE'S ADAMS GRABBING ATTENTION FOR THE BULLDOGS
Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams enters the 2013 season with the nation's longest active streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception. He caught at least one TD in eight straight games to close out the 2012 campaign, which set a new Mountain West record and tied the Fresno State record. Adams' streak of eight-straight games with a TD reception is two more than any other player in the nation. Louisville's DeVante Parker enters 2013 with six-straight games with a touchdown catch.
BOISE STATE, FRESNO STATE PICKED TO WIN MW DIVISIONAL TITLES
Boise State was predicted to win the 2013 Mountain West Football Mountain Division title, while Fresno State was chosen to finish atop the West Division. This season marks the first time in Conference history for divisional play. Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming make up the Mountain Division, with Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV comprising the West Division. The two divisional winners will meet in the inaugural MW Championship Game, which will be held Dec. 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking. The game will be broadcast nationally by CBS at 8 p.m. MT.
The Broncos compiled a 7-1 league record in 2012 to share their first MW title with the Bulldogs and Aztecs. They received 40 first-place votes, and earned a total of 245 points in a poll of media members. Boise State posted an 11-2 overall mark in 2012 and finished the year ranked No. 14 and No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches and Associated Press final polls, respectively. Boise State returns four starters from a defensive unit that led the Mountain West in scoring defense and ranked eighth nationally at 15.77 points per game last season. The Bronco defense also boasted a 1.54 turnover margin in 2012, second-best in the nation. Offensively, five starters return, including senior quarterback Joe Southwick and 2012 All-MW second-team wide receiver Matt Miller, a junior.
Fresno State, which finished its first season of Mountain West play as tri-champions with a 7-1 mark (9-4 overall) in 2012, garnered 39 first-place votes and a total of 243 points in the poll. Senior quarterback Derek Carr, the 2012 MW Offensive Player of the Year, heads up a group of seven starters returning to lead the Bulldog offense. Last season, Fresno State ranked 17th in the country in scoring offense (37.92 ppg) and 12th in passing offense (325.62). Eight players return to a defensive squad that ranked second in the country in passing defense (167.15 ypg), 22nd in total defense (338.85 ypg), 37th in scoring defense (23.85 ppg) and tied for seventh in turnover margin (1.15 tpg).
|2013 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL TEAM - OFFENSE|
|QB||Derek Carr *||Sr.||Fresno State|
|WR||Davante Adams *||So.||Fresno State|
|WR||Noel Grigsby||Sr.||San José State|
|RB||Kasey Carrier **||Sr.||New Mexico|
|RB||Adam Muema **||Jr.||San Diego State|
|OL||Charles Leno **||Sr.||Boise State|
|OL||Matt Paradis *||Sr.||Boise State|
|OL||Weston Richburg||Sr.||Colorado State|
|OL||Austin Wentworth *||Sr.||Fresno State|
|OL||Tyler Larsen||Sr.||Utah State|
|TE||Marcel Jensen||Sr.||Fresno State|
|2013 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL TEAM - DEFENSE|
|DL||Demarcus Lawrence *||Jr.||Boise State|
|DL||Tyeler Davison *||Jr.||Fresno State|
|DL||Brock Hekking **||Jr.||Nevada|
|DL||Travis Raciti||Jr.||San José State|
|LB||Jake Fely **||Jr.||San Diego State|
|LB||Keith Smith||Sr.||San José State|
|LB||Kyler Fackrell||So.||Utah State|
|DB||L.J. Jones||Sr.||Fresno State|
|DB||Derron Smith *||Jr.||Fresno State|
|DB||Nat Berhe **||Sr.||San Diego State|
|DB||Bené Benwikere||Sr.||San José State|
|2013 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL TEAM - SPECIALISTS|
|P||Ben Skaer||Sr.||New Mexico|
|PK||Austin Lopez||So.||San José State|
|Ret.||Chase Clayton||Jr.||New Mexico|
|Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State|
|Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Derron Smith, Jr., DB, Fresno State|
|Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Chase Clayton, Jr., KR, New Mexico|
|* - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West first team.|
** - member of the 2012 All-Mountain West second team.
MW TEAMS IN SEASON OPENERS
Mountain West teams are 68-52 in season openers since the inception of the league in 1999. MW teams are 49-16 at home and 13-28 on the road. Below is an all-time breakdown of the Mountain West in season openers.
|San Diego State||5-9||5-5||0-4||0-0|
|San José State+||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0|
|^Boise State became a member of the MW in July 2011.|
~Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Nevada became members of the MW in July 2012.
+San José State and Utah State became members of the MW in July 2013.
*TCU: MW member from 2005-2011.
#BYU and Utah: MW members from 1999-2010.
THREE NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN MW RANKS IN 2013
The Mountain West welcomes three new head football coaches in 2013, including two who are taking charge of a program for the first time in their coaching careers. Nevada is under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Polian, a 16-year veteran of the coaching ranks. Polian, who is coming off one year as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Texas A&M, has also served on the staffs of Stanford (2010-11), Notre Dame (2005-09), UCF (2004) and Buffalo (1998, 2001-03).
Both of the MW's incoming members are also be under the guidance of first-year head coaches in San José State's Ron Caragher and Utah State's Matt Wells. Caragher comes to San José State from San Diego, where he led the Toreros to a 44-22 record and three conference titles in his first six seasons as a Division I head coach. A two-time nominee for the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award, Caragher previously spent four years as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Kentucky, and from 1996-2002 was an assistant coach at his alma mater, UCLA.
Wells, a 1996 graduate of Utah State, becomes the second-ever USU alum to be appointed the Aggies' head coach. The 39-year-old, who is now the 11th-youngest head coach in the FBS, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State, including serving as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2012 campaign. In 2011, Wells coached USU's quarterbacks and was the team's recruiting coordinator. He returned to Logan after two coaching stints at New Mexico, serving as the Lobos' wide receivers and kickoff return unit coach in 2010 and its wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2007 to 2008. In 2009, Wells served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Louisville, and prior to his first stint at UNM, he spent five years as an assistant at Tulsa (2002-06) and Navy (1997-2001).
FIRST-YEAR COACHES IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
The Mountain West has welcomed 19 new head coaches over the last 14 seasons. Former BYU head coach Gary Crowton posted the most wins and highest win percentage among the group with 12 victories and an .860 win percentage in his inaugural year in 2001. Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter became the eighth in the group of 19 to conclude his first season with a bowl game.
|Year||Name, Team||Record||Pct.||Bowl Game|
|2001||Gary Crowton, BYU||12-2||.860||Liberty|
|2003||Urban Meyer, Utah||10-2||.830||Liberty|
|2012||Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State||9-3||.750||Hawai‘i|
|2007||Troy Calhoun, Air Force||9-4||.692||Armed Forces|
|2005||Kyle Whittingham, Utah||7-5||.583||Emerald|
|2009||Dave Christensen, Wyoming||7-6||.539||New Mexico|
|2008||Steve Fairchild, Colorado State||7-6||.539||New Mexico|
|2005||Bronco Mendenhall, BYU||6-6||.500||Las Vegas|
|2012||Jim McElwain, Colorado State||4-8||.333||-|
|2009||Brady Hoke, San Diego State||4-8||.333||-|
|2003||Joe Glenn, Wyoming||4-8||.333||-|
|2002||Tom Craft, San Diego State||4-9||.310||-|
|1999||John Robinson, UNLV||3-8||.270||-|
|2012||Norm Chow, Hawai‘i||3-9||.250||-|
|2006||Chuck Long, San Diego State||3-9||.250||-|
|2005||Mike Sanford, UNLV||2-9||.182||-|
|2010||Bobby Hauck, UNLV||2-11||.154||-|
|2000||Vic Koenning, Wyoming||1-10||.090||-|
|2009||Michael Locksley, New Mexico||1-11||.083||-|
2013 MOUNTAIN WEST BOWL ARRANGEMENTS
The Mountain West has agreements to send six teams to bowl games in 2013. Since the league's inception in 1999, the MW has earned 56 bowl bids and holds a 32-24 (.571) all-time record in those contests. Over the past nine seasons, the MW has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup four times and owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences with a 25-16 (.610) mark. The Mountain West is the only league to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.
|Las Vegas||Pac-12||Dec. 21|
|San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia||Army/MAC||Dec. 26|
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces||Navy||Dec. 30|
|Gildan New Mexico||Pac-12||Dec. 21|
|Sheraton Hawai‘i||C-USA||Dec. 24|
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||MAC||Dec. 21|
The Mountain West returns 19 All-Conference players from last season, including nine first-team honorees and 10 second-team selections. The first-team returnees include five on offense, three on defense and one specialist, while the second-team returnees include five on offense, four on defense and one specialist. In addition, 27 All-Mountain West honorable mention honorees from 2012 also return to the gridiron.
MW newcomer San José State returns six first-team all-conference selections from 2012, including Noel Grigsby (WR) Nicholas Kaspar (OL), Travis Raciti (DL), Bené Benwikere (DB), Vince Buhagiar (LB) and Keith Smith (LB). Fellow incoming MW member Utah State returns five first-team all-conference selections, including Chuckie Keeton (QB), Tyler Larsen (OL), Eric Schultz (OL), Jack Doughty (LB) and Kyler Fackrell (LB). The Spartans also bring back five second-team all-conference performers, while the Aggies return two second-team selections.
2013 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Here's a breakdown of the returning All-Mountain West performers:
|FIRST-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSE|
|QB||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State#|
|WR||Davante Adams, So., Fresno State#|
|WR||Brandon Wimberly, Gr., Nevada|
|OL||Austin Wentworth, Sr., Fresno State|
|O||Matt Paradis, Sr., Boise State|
|PK||Nolan Kohorst, Sr., UNLV|
|FIRST-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSE|
|DL||Demarcus Lawrence, Jr., Boise State|
|DL||Tyeler Davison, Jr., Fresno State|
|DB||Derron Smith, Jr., Fresno State|
|SECOND-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSE|
|QB||Cody Fajardo, Jr., Nevada|
|WR||Matt Miller, Jr., Boise State|
|RB||Kasey Carrier, Sr., New Mexico|
|RB||Adam Muema, Jr., San Diego State|
|OL||Charles Leno, Sr., Boise State|
|PK||Jared Roberts, Jr., Colorado State|
|SECOND-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSE|
|DL||Brock Hekking, Jr., Nevada|
|DL||Andy Jennings, Sr., Fresno State|
|LB||Jake Fely, Jr., San Diego State|
|DB||Nat Berhe, Sr., San Diego State|
|HONORABLE MENTION ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST|
|Boise State: Jeremy Ioane, Jr., DB; Ricky Tjong-A Tjoe, Sr., DL.|
Colorado State: Shaquil Barrett, Sr., LB; Shaq Bell, Sr., DB; Weston Richburg, Sr., OL.
Fresno State: Sean Alston, Jr., DB; Isaiah Burse, Sr., WR; Marcel Jensen, Sr., TE; L.J. Jones, Sr., DB.
Hawai‘i: Ben Clarke, So., OL; Tavita Woodard, Sr., DL.
Nevada: Joel Bitonio, Sr., OL.
New Mexico: Justus Adams, Sr., PK; Dallas Bollema, Sr., LB; LaMar Bratton, Jr., OL; Chase Clayton, Jr., KR; Dillon Farrell, Sr., OL; Jacori Greer, Sr., DL; Darryl Johnson, Sr., OL; Ben Skaer, Sr., P.
San Diego State: Derek Largent, Jr., LB; Sam Meredith, Jr., DL; Bryce Quigley, Sr., OL.
UNLV: Tim Cornett, Sr., RB; Robert Waterman, Jr., OL.
Wyoming: Robert Herron, Sr., WR; Brett Smith, JR., QB.
|#2012 Unanimous All-MW Selection|
Heading into the 2013 season, UNLV leads the Mountain West with 19 returning starters. Below is a breakdown of key returnees.
|San Diego State||17||7||9||1|
|San José State||15||7||6||2|
BRONCOS, BULLDOGS AND AZTECS CLAIM SHARES OF MW CROWN
Boise State (7-1), Fresno State (7-1) and San Diego State (7-1) each claimed a share of the 2012 Mountain West championship. In its inaugural season as a MW member, Fresno State captured the title under first-year head coach Tim DeRuyter. It is the Bulldogs' first conference championship since 1999. Boise State and San Diego State each secured their program's first-ever MW football championship. It is the Aztecs' first league crown since 1998, while the Broncos earned their fourth conference title in five years.
There has only been one previous season in which multiple champions were crowned in the Mountain West. In the league's inaugural season of 1999, BYU, Colorado State and Utah shared the Conference crown with identical 5-2 records in MW play.
The 2012 season marked the first time in nine years that the Mountain West champion had at least one Conference loss. The last time an MW champion did not go undefeated through the league slate came in 2003, when Utah captured the title with a 6-1 mark.
THREE NINE-WIN MW TEAMS FOR FiFTH TIME IN SIX YEARS
The Mountain West had three nine-win or better teams for the fifth time in six seasons dating back to 2007. Boise State finished the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 11-2, followed by fellow co-champions Fresno State and San Diego State with identical 9-4 marks. The MW has touted at least three eight-win programs in each of the previous seven seasons and nine times overall since the league's inception in 1999.
BRONCOS FINISH 2012 IN TOP 15 foR FIFTH STRAIGHT SEASON
Boise State earned 633 points in the final 2012 USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 poll, garnering the No. 14 position. BSU has been ranked in 73 of the previous 77 Coaches' polls and is one of three FBS programs (Alabama, Oregon) to be ranked in the top 15 of the final Coaches' polls in each of the past five years.
Boise State also received 419 votes in the final Associated Press poll of the season to place No. 18. This marks the first time since 2007 that the Mountain West did not place multiple teams in the final top 25 polls. The Broncos wrapped up 2012 with top-20 rankings in the polls for the fifth straight year and ninth time in the last 10 seasons. BSU also has placed in the top 10 in both polls in three of the last four years and four of the past seven.