That’s WAC: Week One

5 09 2010

SCORES AND SCHEDULE
WAC Record: 4-4 overall, 2-4 vs FCS, 1-3 vs top 25

Thursday, September 2
North Dakota 0 at Idaho 45 – Final
Eastern Washington 24 at Nevada 49 – Final
#14 Southern Cal 49 at Hawai’i 36 – Final

Saturday, September 4
Utah State 24 at #7 Oklahoma 31 – Final
Louisiana Tech 20 at Grambling State 6 – Final
San Jose State 3 at #1 Alabama 48 – Final
Cincinnati 14 at Fresno State 28 – Final

Monday, September 6
#3 Boise State 33 vs #10 Virginia Tech 30 – Final (FexEd Field – Landover, Maryland)

TOP PERFORMERS
Passing:
1. Diondre Borel, SR (USU): 17-36, 341 yds, 2 td, 3 int vs Oklahoma
2. Nathan Enderle, SR (UI): 24-37, 311 yds, 2 td, int vs North Dakota
3. Colin Kaepernick, SR (NEV): 26-37, 306 yds, 2 td vs Eastern Washington
4. Bryant Moniz, JR (UH): 18-36, 269 yds, td vs USC
5. Ryan Colburn, SR (FSU): 18-24, 247 yds, 4 td, int vs Cincinnati

Rushing:
1. Princeton McCarty, JR (UI): 12 car, 89 yds, 2 td vs North Dakota
2. Doug Martin, JR (BSU): 12 car, 83 yds vs Virginia Tech
3. D.J. Harper, JR (BSU): 4 car, 80 yds, td vs Virginia Tech
4. Lennon Creer, JR (LT): 17 car, 69 yds vs Grambling State
5. Alex Green, SR (UH): 9 car, 66 yds, td vs USC

Receiving:
1. Kealoha Pilares, SR (UH): 5 rec, 176 yds, 3 td vs USC
2. Virgil Green, SR (NEV): 7 rec, 144 yds, 2 td vs Eastern Washington
3. Greg Salas, SR (UH): 8 rec, 124 yds vs USC
4. Royce Pollard, JR (UH): 7 rec, 106 yds vs USC
5. Dontel Watkins, SO (USU): 3 rec, 91 yds, td vs Oklahoma

CONFERENCE OUTLOOK
After posting a 4-4 record, the opening week was a success for the Western Athletic Conference.  Fresno State handled Cincinnati – a team that played in a BCS bowl game last year – while  Idaho, Louisiana Tech and Nevada all beat up on a trio of successful FCS programs.  Utah State and Hawai’i both put scares into perennial powers no.7 Oklahoma and no.14 Southern Cal.  As for San Jose State, well, not much more could be expect out of a young program that had to travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the defending national champs in Alabama.

In terms of playing big on the big stage, Boise State did it once again.  Trailing 30-26 with under two-minutes left in the game, Kellen Moore effortlessly led the Broncos 56 yards down the field (was their any question he wouldn’t?), hitting Austin Pettis for the game-winning touchdown.

It’s going to be sad to see this conference break up, because it seems like that are really starting to compete.

STAT OF THE WEEK

  • Boise State’s record against teams in the AP top 10 since 2000: 4-1.  Virginia Tech’s all-time win total against teams in the AP top 5: 0 (22 games)

BEAVERS DAMN UP BRONCOS BCS HOPES
With 24th-ranked Oregon State slated to play both no. 3 Boise State and no. 6 TCU this fall, the Beavers 30-21 loss to the Horned Frogs Saturday night significantly dammed up the Broncos national title hopes.  With OSU expected to fall out of the top 25, that leaves just one ranked opponent left on BSU’s schedule – Virginia Tech.

Originally, it was thought a win over the Hokies and an undefeated season would all but ensure the Broncos a spot in the national title game.  However, if there are two 1-loss teams out of a bigger conference, I believe we’ll have the same ol’ debate on our hands.  If BSU loses even once, their title hopes are all but over.  The pressure is on the Broncos once again to be perfect.

To make matters worst, the Beavers are still a talented team.  Brothers James and Jacquizz Rogers are two of the most exciting players on the West Coast, and projected NFL 1st round defensive tackle Stephen Paea anchors a solid defense.   At some point in time, I believe the kids from Corvallis will be ranked in the top 20 this fall, but that happening before they square off with the Broncos on Septemeber 25 is a long shot.

The good news, the Beavers are a historically slow starting team.  Despite the fact they’ve posted four straight 8-plus win seasons, they’re just a combine 7-5 in the first three games in the same span (If your confused, go back over the last four seasons and see how the Beavs have faired in the first three games of each fall.  Not good.).  BSU on the other hand is 11-1 with two wins over ranked opponents.

OSU has recently had success against top-ranked teams (see 2006 vs #2 USC, 33-31 and 2008 vs #1 USC, 27-21), however, both those games were at home and now the Beavers have to do it in Bronco stadium, a place oppositing teams are 0-fer their last 55 during the regular season.

Probably more important than any stat though, BSU head coach Chris Petersen always has his teams prepared to play.  First things first, they need to take care of business against Va-Tech, but I couldn’t help but look ahead.

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