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2002 Mountain West Preview
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TEAM SCHEDULES
AIR FORCE
BYU
COLORADO STATE
August 31
NW’trn
September 7
NM
September 21
at Cal
September 28
at Utah
October 5
Navy
October 12
BYU
October 19
ND
October 26
at Wyo
October 31
Colo St
November 9
at Army
November 16
at UNLV
November 23
SD St
August 29
Syracuse
September 6
Hawaii
September 14
at Nevada
September 21
at GA Tech
October 4
at Utah St
October 12
at AF
October 19
UNLV
October 24
at Colo St
November 2
SD St
November 9
Wyo
November 16
NM
November 23
at Utah
August 22
at Virginia
August 31
Colo (*)
September 7
at UCLA
September 14
Louisville
September 28
at Nevada
October 4
at Fresno St
October 12
Wyo
October 19
at Utah
October 24
BYU
October 31
at AF
November 16
at SD St
November 23
NM
November 30
UNLV
















NEW MEXICO
SAN DIEGO STATE
UNLV
August 24
at NC St
August 31
Weber St
September 7
at AF
September 14
Baylor
September 21
at NM St
September 27
at TX Tech
October 12
at UNLV
October 19
at Utah St
October 26
Utah
November 9
SD St
November 16
at BYU
November 23
at Colo St
November 30
Wyo
August 31
at Fresno St
September 7
at Colorado
September 14
Arizona St
September 21
at Idaho
September 28
UCLA
October 12
Utah
October 19
at Wyo
October 26
UNLV
November 2
at BYU
November 9
at NM
November 16
Colo St
November 23
at AF
December 7
at Hawaii
August 31
Wisconsin
September 7
Kansas
September 14
at Oregon St
September 21
at Toledo
October 5
Nevada
October 12
NM
October 19
at BYU
October 26
at SD St
November 2
Wyoming
November 9
at Utah
November 16
Air Force
November 30
at Colo St
















UTAH
WYOMING
August 31
at Utah St
September 7
Indiana
September 14
at Arizona
September 21
at Michigan
September 28
Air Force
October 12
at SD St
October 19
Colo St
October 26
at NM
November 9
UNLV
November 16
at Wyo
November 23
BYU
August 31
at TN (%)
September 7
at C Mich
September 14
Boise St
September 21
at Wash
October 5
The Citadel
October 12
at Colo St
October 19
SD State
October 26
AF
November 2
at UNLV
November 9
at BYU
November 16
Utah
November 30
at NM















(*) Denver….(%) Nashville


Mountain West Must-See Games
August 29
Syracuse at BYU
August 31
Colorado State vs Colorado
September 7
Indiana at Utah
September 14
Louisville at Colorado State
September 27
New Mexico at Texas Tech
October 5
Navy at Air Force
October 19
Colorado State at Utah
October 24
BYU at Colorado State
October 26
Utah at New Mexico
November 9
UNLV at Utah
November 23
BYU at Utah
November 23
New Mexico at Colorado State
November 30
UNLV at Colorado State


Rating the Mountain West Schedules
Colorado State
San Diego State
BYU
UNLV
Utah
Wyoming
New Mexico
Air Force


Mountain West Out-of-Conference Opponents
Air Force
Northwestern, at California, Navy, Notre Dame, at Army
BYU
Syracuse, Hawaii, at Nevada, at Georgia Tech, at Utah State
Colorado State
at Virginia, Colorado, at UCLA, Louisville, at Nevada, at Fresno State
New Mexico
at NC State, Weber St, Baylor, at NM St, at Texas Tech, at Utah St
San Diego State
at Fresno State, at Colorado, Arizona State, at Idaho, UCLA, at Hawaii
UNLV
Wisconsin, Kansas, at Oregon State, at Toledo, Nevada
Utah
at Utah State, Indiana, at Arizona, at Michigan
Wyoming
at Tennessee, at C Michigan, Boise St, at Washington, The Citadel


Mountain West Coaching Changes
TeamOutIn
San Diego State
Ted Tollner
Tom Craft


Projected Mountain West Standings
TeamOverallConference
Utah
8-3
6-1
Colorado State
8-4
5-2
New Mexico
9-4
5-2
UNLV
6-6
4-3
BYU
6-6
4-3
Air Force
4-8
2-5
Wyoming
2-10
1-6
San Diego State
1-12
1-6


Individual Team Coverage
AIR FORCE
Probable Wins
Navy
Probable Losses
New Mexico, California, Utah, Notre Dame, Colorado St, UNLV
Toss-Ups
Northwestern, BYU, Wyoming, Army, SD State
Returning Starters
Offense: 1…..Defense: 5
Projected Record
4-8 / 2-5
Official Site
AirForceSports.com

The Falcons finished the 2001 season with a .500 record and tied for fifth in the Mountain West. Only one offensive and five defensive starters return for Air Force in 2002 though. The non-conference schedule is probably the weakest in the MWC, with a tough home contest with Notre Dame but the rest of the matchups against teams the Falcons can beat. Air Force will have very little experience this season, which will not help them to have a winning season. I think the Falcons will have to play very well and surprise some people to have a chance at going .500 again in ’02.


BYU
Probable Wins
Nevada, SD State, Wyoming
Probable Losses
GA Tech, Colorado St, Utah
Toss-Ups
Syracuse, Hawaii, Utah St, Air Force, UNLV, New Mexico
Returning Starters
Offense: 5…..Defense: 3
Projected Record
6-6 / 4-3
Official Site
www.BYUCougars.com

The BYU Cougars were one of the biggest surprises in 2001, losing only two games all season (which happened to be their final two games of the season against Hawaii and Louisville). With QB Doman and TB Staley gone, the Cougars will have to turn to their five offensive and three defensive returning starters to get the job done. The non-conference slate is challenging, with home contests against Hawaii and Syracuse as well as a trip to Georgia Tech. The Cougars won’t match last season’s results but should challenge for a winning record overall and a spot in the top half of the Mountain West.


COLORADO STATE
Probable Wins
Nevada, Wyoming, BYU, Air Force, SD State
Probable Losses
UCLA, Utah
Toss-Ups
Virginia, Colorado, Louisville, Fresno St, New Mexico, UNLV
Returning Starters
Offense: 4…..Defense: 6
Projected Record
8-4 / 5-2
Official Site
www.CSURams.com

The Rams have proabably been the most solid team in the MWC since the conference was formed several years back. Four offensive and six defensive starters return from last year’s team that went 7-5 overall and finished in second place behind BYU. The OOC schedule is the toughest in the conference, with trips to Virginia, UCLA, and Fresno State, as well as a home game with Louisville and a neutral site game with in-state rival Colorado. I expect the Rams to have similar records to last year’s squad and challenge for the ’02 MWC title.


NEW MEXICO
Probable Wins
Weber St, Air Force, Utah St, SD State, Wyoming
Probable Losses
NC State, Texas Tech
Toss-Ups
Baylor, NM State, UNLV, Utah, BYU, Colorado St
Returning Starters
Offense: 7…..Defense: 7
Projected Record
9-4 / 5-2
Official Site
www.GoLobos.com

New Mexico could be one of the surprise teams in the country in 2002 after coming off a 6-5 season in ’01 in which they finished tied for third in the Mountain West. Seven starters return from each side of the ball, but only five of the Lobos’ thriteen games are in Albuquerque. The non-conference games are tough, with trips to NC State, Texas Tech, and in-state rival New Mexico State. If New Mexico can win three or more of the non-conference games and have a successful conference season, they could go bowling in 2002.


SAN DIEGO STATE
Probable Wins
(none)
Probable Losses
Fresno St, Colorado, Arizona St, Idaho, UCLA, Utah, BYU, NM, Hawaii
Toss-Ups
Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado St, Air Force
Returning Starters
Offense: 4…..Defense: 6
Projected Record
1-12 / 1-6
Official Site
www.GoAztecs.com

The Aztecs struggled in 2001, going 3-8 and finishing next-to-last in the Mountain West. Only ten total starters, four from the offense and six from the defense, as well as both kickers, return for the 2002 campaign. The non-conference slate is second only to CSU in the conference, the toughest games being trips to Fresno State, Colorado, and Hawaii, as well as home matchups with Arizona State and UCLA. The MWC is improve this season, and the Aztecs will likely struggle in and out of conference. I don’t expect them to win more than a couple games this seaosn.


UNLV
Probable Wins
Nevada, Wyoming, Air Force
Probable Losses
Oregon St, Utah, Colorado St
Toss-Ups
Wisconsin, Kansas, Toledo, New Mexico, BYU, SD State
Returning Starters
Offense: 5…..Defense: 4
Projected Record
6-6 / 4-3
Official Site
UNLVRebels.com

After a disappointing season in 2001, in whch the Rebels had high expectations but finished 4-7 overall and tied for fifth in the conference, the Rebels will try to turn things around in 2002. Five offensive and four defensive starters return. The return of QB Jason Thomas can make up for the lack of experience if he has the kind of year most people expected him to have in ’01. The OOC schedule, which has trips to Oregon State and Toledo, as well as home games with Wisconsin and Kansas, will pose challenges to UNLV. I expect the Rebels to be improved from the past season, but I don’t think they’ll be good enough to be a serious contender for the MWC title.


UTAH
Probable Wins
Utah St, Air Force, SD State, Wyoming, BYU, UNLV
Probable Losses
Arizona, Michigan
Toss-Ups
Indiana, Colorado St, New Mexico
Returning Starters
Offense: 6…..Defense: 7
Projected Record
8-3 / 6-1
Official Site
www.UtahUtes.com

The Utah Utes won eight games last season but only finished tied for third in the MWC. Thirteen starters, six offensive and seven defensive, return this season, and I think the Utes could win the Mountain West title. Tough OOC contests at Arizona and Michigan, as well as a home game with Indiana, will challenge the Utes before the conference schedule gets underway. I think the Utes can sneak up on some people this season and come away with the conference title in 2002 even though only five of their games are in Salt Lake City.


WYOMING
Probable Wins
The Citadel
Probable Losses
Tennessee, Boise St, Washington, Colorado St, UNLV, BYU, Utah, NM
Toss-Ups
C Michigan, SD State, Air Force
Returning Starters
Offense: 9…..Defense: 6
Projected Record
2-10 / 1-6
Official Site
www.WyomingAthletics.com

The Cowboys suffered through another frustrating season in 2001, winning only two games and finshing dead last in the Mountain West. The good news is that Wyoming returns nine offensive and six defensive starters, giving them one of the more experienced teams in the conference this season. They’ll have to take their experience on the road, however, as only five of Wyoming’s twelve games are at home. Other than trips to Tennessee and Washington, the non-conference games are winnable for Wyoming. I think the Cowboys will again struggle in the 2002 season, probably not seriously challenging for a winning season.



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