Saturday, November 26, 2022

CFB Week 10 Conference Notes: Mountain West Conference

NEXT UP IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST

Saturday, November 6 TV/Digital Time
Army vs. Air Force% CBS 10:30 a.m. CT

Colorado State at Wyoming* CBS Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT

Utah State at New Mexico State FloFootball 2 p.m. MT

Boise State at RV/25 Fresno State* CBS Sports Network 4 p.m. PT

UNLV at New Mexico* Stadium 5 p.m. MT

San José State at Nevada* FS2 7 p.m. PT

San Diego State at Hawai‘i* FS1 5 p.m. HT

*Mountain West game

 

AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST
• Air Force (6-2), Fresno State (6-2), Nevada (6-2), San Diego State (7-0) and Utah State (6-2) are bowl eligible. San José State can reach bowl eligibility with a victory over Nevada on Nov. 6. The MW’s five bowl eligible teams are tied for the second-most amongst the 10 FBS conferences (Big Ten), trailing only the SEC.

• In 2021, the Mountain West has five victories over autonomous-5 opponents, the most of any non-autonomous-5 conference. Including all 10 FBS conferences, the MW is tied for the third-most A5 victories with the ACC, and trails only the Big Ten and SEC.

• This season, the Mountain West has a pair of nonconference victories over nationally-ranked opponents, including Fresno State’s win over then-No. 13/13 UCLA and Boise State’s defeat over then-No. 10/10 BYU. The MW is tied for fourth nationally with two victories against top-25 nonconference opponents, trailing only the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC (3).

• The Mountain West is one of just two FBS conferences with at least two nonconference victories against top-15 opponents (SEC – 3).

• The league has a .500 record against opponents from the Pac-12 in 2021.

• In nonconference play, the Mountain West has compiled a 29-18 (.617) record, the fifth-best win percentage nationally and best among the non-autonomous-5 conferences.

• San Diego State and Fresno State have both been nationally ranked at some point in 2021. This is the sixth-consecutive season at least two Mountain West programs have been nationally ranked.

• Fresno State is the only non-autonomous 5 program to earn at least two top-25 victories this season.

• The Bulldogs defeated No. 13/13 UCLA (40-37) on Sept. 18 and No. 20/21 San Diego State (30-20) on Oct. 30. Both wins came on the road, marking the first season Fresno State has earned a pair of road top-25 victories.

• San Diego State opened the 2021 season with a pair of victories over autonomous-5 opponents, including Pac-12 South Division leader Utah and Arizona. The Aztecs are the only non-autonomous-5 team with multiples wins over autonomous-5 opponents this season.

• On Oct. 16 against UNLV, Utah State senior Savon Scarver tied the NCAA and Mountain West record for career kickoff returns for a touchdown (7).

• Dating back to the 2019 season, the Mountain West has won 16 games against autonomous-5 opponents, including 14 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).

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