A LOOK AHEAD
Friday, September 1 TV/Digital Time
Stanford at Hawai‘i CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. HT
Saturday, September 2 TV/Digital Time
Utah State at No. RV/25 Iowa FS1 11 a.m. CT
Fresno State at Purdue Big Ten Network 12 p.m. ET
Robert Morris at Air Force Altitude/MWN 11 a.m. MT
Boise State at No. 11/10 Washington ABC 12:30 p.m. PT
Bryant at UNLV SSSEN/MWN 1 p.m. PT
Nevada at No. 6/6 USC Pac-12 Networks 3:30 p.m. PT
Washington State at Colorado State CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. MT
No. 24/RV Texas Tech at Wyoming CBS 5:30 p.m. MT
New Mexico at No. 25/23 Texas A&M ESPN 6 p.m. CT
Idaho State at San Diego State CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, September 3 TV/Digital Time
No. 18/18 Oregon State at San José State CBS 12:30 p.m. PT
AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST
- After three Mountain West teams got their seasons under way in Week 0 to kick off the 25th season of Mountain West football, a full slate of 12 contests is on tap for this weekend, starting with Hawai‘i hosting Stanford on Friday at 5 p.m. HT.
- Ten games follow on Saturday, with five teams facing ranked foes. Preseason MW favorite Boise State visits No. 11/10 Washington to get its season under way, while the MW will get its second look at No. 6/6 USC when it hosts Nevada. New Mexico visits No. 25/23 Texas A&M, while Wyoming hosts No. 24/RV Texas Tech and Utah State visits No. RV/25 Iowa.
- Also on tap, defending MW champion Fresno State, which has won nine consecutive games, visits Purdue on Saturday. The Bulldogs’ last loss came on Oct. 8, 2022, at Boise State. This is the longest win streak by a MW team since San José State won nine straight from 2019 to 2020.
- Four other MW squads are home Saturday. Colorado State welcomes Washington State, while Air Force (vs. Robert Morris), UNLV (vs. Bryant) and San Diego State (vs. Idaho State) host FCS opponents.
- San José State caps a busy MW weekend when it hosts No. 18/18 Oregon State on Sunday. The Spartans will be facing their second straight ranked Pac12 opponent, as they opened the campaign against No. 6/6 USC in Week 0. Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year Chevan Cordeiro went 21-for-38 for 198 yards and three TDs in the 56-28 loss to the Trojans, while wide receiver Nick Nash was on the receiving end of all three TDs and had a career-best 89 receiving yards en route to earning MW Offensive Player of the Week honors.
- San Diego State won its Week 0 game against Ohio, 20-13. The Aztecs picked up two MW weekly honors for their efforts, with linebacker Cody Moon claiming Defensive Player of the Week accolades after turning in 12 tackles (seven solo) and kicker/punter Jack Browning, the reigning and preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year, earning the weekly honor on special teams after kicking a pair of field goals and handling punting and kickoff duties.
- Hawai‘i gave Vanderbilt everything it could handle in a 35-28 setback in Week 0, with quarterback Brayden Schager going 27-for-35 for 351 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Pofele Ashlock had seven catches for a game-high 127 yards and a TD in his collegiate debut en route to earning MW Freshman of the Week distinction.
- Three Mountain West programs are receiving votes in the preseason AFCA Coaches Poll, including Fresno State (19 points), Boise State (18) and Air Force (6). Boise State (17) is also receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25.
- Mountain West squads have a total of 11 games scheduled against teams ranked in the preseason AFCA and/or AP top-25 polls this season.
- Boise State is the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West in 2023, marking the 16th straight season that the Broncos have been picked to claim either a conference or division crown, including every year since joining the MW in 2011. The Broncos earned 28 of 37 first-place votes to top the preseason poll with
- Wyoming junior placekicker John Hoyland earned preseason second-team AllAmerica honors from the Associated Press, The Sporting News and Athlon Sports and third-team honors from Phil Steele.
- In addition to being the preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year, San José State quarterback Chevan Cordeiro is on the preseason watch lists for several national awards, including: the Maxwell Award (player of the year), Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player), Davey O’Brien Award (best quarterback), Manning Award (best quarterback) and Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.
- Boise State has two of the four MW players on the watch list for the Maxwell Award in quarterback Taylen Green and running back George Holani. Green, the 2022 MW Freshman of the Year, is also on the watch lists for the Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose awards, while Holani is on the watch lists for the Doak Walker Award (best running back), Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) and the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.
- Joining Green, Holani and Cordeiro on the Maxwell Award watch list is Colorado State wide receiver Tory Horton.
- Wyoming linebacker Easton Gibbs, the MW Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, is on the preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski (outstanding defensive player), Bednarik (defensive player of the year) and Butkus (best linebacker) awards.