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CFB Conference Notes: Mountain West Conference


Saturday, September 18 TV/Digital Time
New Mexico at #5/7 Texas A&M SEC Network 11 a.m. CT
Nevada at Kansas State ESPN+ 1:05 p.m. CT
Ball State at Wyoming Stadium 2 p.m. MT
Colorado State at Toledo ESPNU 4 p.m. ET
Utah at San Diego State CBS Sports Network 4 p.m. PT
Utah State at Air Force* FS2 5:30 p.m. MT
#22/RV Oklahoma State at Boise State FS1 7 p.m. MT
#14/14 Iowa State at UNLV CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT
Fresno State at #13/13 UCLA Pac-12 Network 7:45 p.m. PT
San José State at Hawai‘i* FS1 6:30 p.m. HT

• Heading into Week 3, the Mountain West has six undefeated teams, which only trails the SEC (10) and Big Ten (7) amongst the 10 FBS conferences. Additionally, it is the most among the nonautonomous-5.

• Mountain West play begins Saturday when Air Force hosts Utah State (5:30 p.m. MT on FS2) and San José State travels to Hawai‘i (6:30 p.m. HT on FS1). An Aggies victory on Saturday evening would give them a 3-0 mark for the first time since 1978.

• San José State, the defending Mountain West champions, will enter the 2021 Conference season riding an eight-game win streak, which is the fifth-longest active league win streak nationally. In 2020, the Spartans were 7-0 in MW play and haven’t lost a league contest Nov. 23, 2019.

• Through Week 2, Mountain West programs have registered three victories over autonomous-5 opponents (San Diego State def. Arizona, Utah State def. Washington State and Nevada def. Cal). The three A5 victories are the most by a nonautonomous-5 conference this season.

• A Nevada victory on Saturday at Kansas State would give the Wolf Pack two autonomous-5 wins. The last time Nevada defeated a pair of A5 opponents in a single season was 2010.

• Fresno State RB Ronnie Rivers is the nation’s active FBS leader with 46 career touchdowns, setting the program career record on Saturday, Aug. 28. Rivers is six touchdowns shy of tying for fifth-most in Mountain West history, a spot currently held by San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny (2014-17).

• Nevada is coming off a victory at Cal (Sept. 4) and has now won three out of its last five games against autonomous-5 opponents. The Wolf Pack can improve that win figure on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Kansas State.

• New Mexico has opened the season with a 2-0 mark for the first time since 2005.

• Dating back to the 2019 season, the Mountain West has won 14 games against autonomous-5 opponents, including 12 against the Pac-12.

• In the past 17 years, the Mountain West has been the top nonautonomous 5 conference nine times and second five times.

• The Mountain West has been nationally-ranked in 21 of the last 28 College Football Playoff Rankings.

• The Mountain West produced the first non-automatic-qualifying FBS team into a BCS bowl game (Utah – 2005 Fiesta Bowl) and into the College Football Playoff
(Boise State – 2014 Fiesta Bowl).

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