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CFB Conference Notes: Mountain West

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Thursday, September 2 TV/Digital Time
Boise State at Central Florida ESPN 7 p.m. ET
Houston Baptist at New Mexico MWN/MY50 6 p.m. MT
Eastern Washington at UNLV Stadium 7 p.m. PT

Friday, September 3 TV/Digital Time
South Dakota State at Colorado State FS1 7 p.m. MT

Saturday, September 4 TV/Digital Time
Fresno State at #12/11 Oregon Pac-12 Network 11 a.m. PT
Lafayette at Air Force Stadium Noon MT
Montana State at Wyoming MWN 2 p.m. MT
San José State at #14/15 USC Pac-12 Network 2 p.m. PT
Nevada at California FS1 7:30 p.m. PT
New Mexico State at San Diego State CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT
Utah State at Washington State Pac-12 Network 8 p.m. PT
Portland State at Hawai‘i Spectrum/Team1 Sports App 6 p.m. HT

AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

• Boise State travels to Central Florida on Thursday, Sept. 2 (7 p.m. ET on ESPN), as the Broncos will look to improve the Mountain West’s record against opponents from the AAC (14-10).

• Fresno State RB Ronnie Rivers is the nation’s active leader with 45 career touchdowns, setting the program career record on Saturday, Aug. 28. Rivers is seven touchdowns shy of tying for fifth-most in Mountain West history, a spot currently held by San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny (2014-17).

• Bulldogs QB Jake Haener has thrown for at least 300 yards in four consecutive contests, tying for the fifth-longest streak in  Conference history. Haener can jump into a tie for second place with a 300-yard day at Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 4.

• Nevada, a team which boasts arguably the Mountain West’s most dangerous offensive attack, will look to earn its first road victory against an autonomous five opponent since 2012 when the Wolf Pack travel to Cal on Saturday, Sept.4 (7:30 p.m. PT on FS1).

• The Mountain West welcomes a pair of new coaches this season, including Boise State’s Andy Avalos and Utah State’s Blake Anderson. Avalos, a former Bronco linebacker and defensive coordinator, comes to Boise after two seasons as defensive coordinator at Oregon. Anderson joins the Aggies after a seven-year stint as head coach at Arkansas State.

• San José State, the defending Mountain West champions, will enter the 2021 Conference season riding an eight-game win streak, which is the fourth-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.

• The Spartans go on the road on Saturday, Sept. 4, to No. 14/15 USC, looking for their first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since 2013.

• Colorado State punter Ryan Stonehouse, who returns for a fifth season, enters the 2021 season as the NCAA’s career punting average record holder (46.8).

• Against all autonomous 5 competition, the Mountain West has won 11 of its last 23 games, including nine against the Pac-12.

• In the past 17 years, the Mountain West has been the top non-autonomous 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).

Ty Gaston

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