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TEAM SCHEDULES
BOISE STATE
FRESNO STATE
HAWAII
August 31
Idaho
September 7
at Arkansas
September 14
at Wyoming
September 28
Utah State
October 5
Hawaii
October 12
at Tulsa
October 19
Fresno St
October 26
at SJ St
November 2
at UTEP
November 9
Rice
November 16
LA Tech
November 23
at Nevada
August 23
at Wisc
August 31
SD St
September 7
at Oregon
September 21
at OR St
September 28
at Rice
October 4
Colorado St
October 12
SMU
October 19
at Boise St
October 26
Hawaii
November 2
at LA Tech
November 9
Tulsa
November 16
Nevada
November 23
at SJ State
August 31
E Illinois
September 5
at BYU
September 21
at UTEP
September 28
SMU
October 5
at Boise St
October 12
Nevada
October 19
Tulsa
October 26
at Fresno St
November 2
San Jose St
November 16
at Rice
November 23
Cincinnati
November 30
Wash St
December 7
SD St
















LOUISIANA TECH
NEVADA
RICE
August 31
OK St
September 7
at Clemson
September 21
at Penn St
September 28
at TX A&M
October 5
Tulsa
October 12
at Rice
October 19
at SMU
October 26
Nevada
November 2
Fresno St
November 9
at SJ State
November 16
at Boise St
November 23
UTEP
August 31
at Wa St (*)
September 14
BYU
September 21
Rice
September 28
Colorado St
October 5
at UNLV
October 12
at Hawaii
October 19
San Jose St
October 26
at LA Tech
November 2
at SMU
November 9
UTEP
November 16
at Fresno St
November 23
Boise State
August 31
Houston
September 7
at Mich St
September 21
at Nevada
September 28
Fresno State
October 5
LATech
October 12
at Navy
October 19
at UTEP
October 26
SMU
November 2
at Tulsa
November 9
at Boise St
November 16
Hawaii
















SAN JOSE STATE
SMU
UTEP
August 31
at ArkSt (%)
September 7
at Wash
September 14
at Stanford
September 21
at Illinois
September 28
UTEP
October 5
at SMU
October 12
at Ohio St
October 19
at Nevada
October 26
Boise State
November 2
at Hawaii
November 9
LA Tech
November 16
at Tulsa
November 23
Fresno St
August 31
Navy
September 7
Texas Tech
September 14
at TCU
September 21
at Okla St
September 28
at Hawaii
October 5
SJ State
October 12
at Fresno St
October 19
LA Tech
October 26
at Rice
November 2
Nevada
November 16
at UTEP
November 23
Tulsa
August 31
Sac St
September 7
at KY
September 14
at OK
September 21
Hawaii
September 28
at SJ State
October 5
at NM St
October 19
Rice
October 26
at Tulsa
November 2
Boise St
November 9
at Nevada
November 16
SMU
November 23
at LA Tech
















TULSA
August 30
Oklahoma
September 7
at Ark St
September 21
at Baylor
September 28
Kansas
October 5
at LA Tech
October 12
Boise State
October 19
at Hawaii
October 26
UTEP
November 2
Rice
November 9
at Fresno St
November 16
SJ State
November 23
at SMU
















(*) Seattle….(%) Little Rock


WAC Must-See Games
August 31
Idaho at Boise State
August 31
Oklahoma State at Louisiana Tech
October 4
Colorado State at Fresno State
October 5
Hawaii at Boise State
October 5
Nevada at UNLV
October 19
Fresno State at Boise State
October 19
Rice at UTEP
October 26
Hawaii at Fresno State
November 2
Fresno State at Louisiana Tech
November 16
Louisiana Tech at Boise State
November 23
UTEP at Louisiana Tech
November 30
Washington State at Hawaii


Rating the WAC Schedules
San Jose State
Fresno State
Louisiana Tech
Nevada
Hawaii
UTEP
Tulsa
SMU
Boise State
Rice


WAC Out-of-Conference Opponents
Boise State
Idaho, at Arkansas, at Wyoming, Utah State
Fresno State
at Wisconsin, San Diego St, at Oregon, at Oregon St, Colorado State
Hawaii
Eastern Illinois, at BYU, Cincinnati, Washington State, San Diego State
Louisiana Tech
Oklahoma State, at Clemson, at Penn State, at Texas A&M
Nevada
at Washington State, BYU, Colorado State, at UNLV
Rice
Houston, at Michigan State, at Navy
San Jose State
at Arkansas State, at Washington, at Stanford, at Illinois, at Ohio State
SMU
Navy, Texas Tech, at TCU, at Oklahoma State
Tulsa
Oklahoma, at Arkansas State, at Baylor, Kansas
UTEP
Sacramento State, at Kentucky, at Oklahoma, at New Mexico State


WAC Coaching Changes
TeamOutIn
SMU
Mike Cavan
Phil Bennett


Projected WAC Standings
TeamOverallConference
Louisiana Tech
7-5
7-1
Boise State
9-3
6-2
Hawaii
8-5
6-2
Fresno State
7-6
5-3
UTEP
5-7
4-4
Rice
5-6
3-5
Nevada
3-9
3-5
Tulsa
3-9
2-6
SMU
3-9
2-6
San Jose State
3-10
2-6


Individual Team Coverage
BOISE STATE
Probable Wins
Wyoming, Utah St, Hawaii, Tulsa, Fresno St, San Jose St, Rice
Probable Losses
Arkansas
Toss-Ups
Idaho, UTEP, Louisiana Tech, Nevada
Returning Starters
Offense: 7…..Defense: 6
Projected Record
9-3 / 6-2
Official Site
BroncoSports.com

Boise State had a successful season in 2001, winning two-thirds of their games and tying for second place in the WAC. Seven starters from the offense return for the ’02 season while six of the defensive starters will be back for the Broncos. The non-conference schedule is fairly easy with only one big-name opponent on the schedule (Arkansas). The WAC schedule is challenging as always. Six of the Broncos twelve games are in Boise, and I feel the Broncos will have about the same record as last year in 2002.


FRESNO STATE
Probable Wins
SD State, SMU, Tulsa, Nevada
Probable Losses
Wisconsin, Oregon, Oregon St, Boise St, LA Tech
Toss-Ups
Rice, Colorado St, Hawaii, SJ State
Returning Starters
Offense: 7…..Defense: 8
Projected Record
7-6 / 5-3
Official Site
GoBulldogs.com

After a fabulous start to the 2001 season, the Bulldogs lost a few games in the second half of the season and failed to make a BCS Bowl as they’d hoped. Although FSU lost QB David Carr to the NFL, seven starters from the offense and eight starters from the defense return to the 2002 Bulldog team. As it was last season, the non-conference slate is extremely difficult. Three of the five OOC games are on the road at major conference teams. I don’t feel the Dawgs will be as successful this season, but a winning season is definitely in reach for Fresno State.


HAWAII
Probable Wins
E Illinois, SMU, Nevada, Tulsa, SJ State, SD State
Probable Losses
BYU, Boise St, Washington St
Toss-Ups
UTEP, Fresno St, Rice, Cincinnati
Returning Starters
Offense: 4…..Defense: 8
Projected Record
8-5 / 6-2
Official Site
www.UHAthletics.hawaii.edu

Hawaii had a very successful season in 2001 and probably deserved a bowl bid. But due to the WAC’s limited number of bowl tie-ins, the Warriors were left out of postseason play. Hawaii, though, appears to be ready to make another run at postseason play in ’02. Four offensive and eight defensive starters return. There are a few big-name teams, BYU, Cincinnati, and Washington State, on the OOC schedule. I think the Warriors will have a similar record to last year’s and be a contender for the WAC title in 2002.


LOUISIANA TECH
Probable Wins
Tulsa, SMU, Nevada, Fresno St, UTEP
Probable Losses
Clemson, Penn St, Texas A&M
Toss-Ups
Oklahoma St, Rice, Boise St, SJ State
Returning Starters
Offense: 8…..Defense: 7
Projected Record
7-5 / 7-1
Official Site
LATechSports.com

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs snuck up on everyone and won the WAC Championship last season. The Dawgs return a total of fifteen starters (eight on offense and seven on defense) from last year’s team plus both kickers. The non-conference schedule is extremely tough; all four OOC games are against teams from major conferences, and three of the games are on the road. The non-conference games will be tough to win, but I feel LA Tech will be successful in conference play. Another WAC Championship may be in store for the Dawgs.


NEVADA
Probable Wins
(none)
Probable Losses
Washington St, BYU, Colorado St, UNLV, Hawaii, LA Tech, Fresno St
Toss-Ups
Rice, SJ State, SMU, UTEP, Boise St
Returning Starters
Offense: 5…..Defense: 8
Projected Record
3-9 / 3-5
Official Site
NevadaWolfpack.com

The Nevada Wolfpack struggled through the 2001 season, going 3-8 overall and finishing tied for seventh place in the WAC. This season, the ‘Pack has a tough OOC slate to go along with the tough in-conference schedule. They will struggle to win more than one of the non-conference games. Only five offensive starters return though eight of the defensive players will be back for 2002. There are no guarantee wins on the ‘Pack’s schedule, but I feel they can capture a few wins in conference and finish with a record very similar to the one they had in 2001.


RICE
Probable Wins
SMU
Probable Losses
Michigan St, Fresno St, LA Tech, Boise St
Toss-Ups
Houston, Nevada, Navy, UTEP, Tulsa, Hawaii
Returning Starters
Offense: 3…..Defense: 3
Projected Record
5-6 / 3-5
Official Site
RiceOwls.com

Rice had a surprisingly successful ’01 season, winning two-thirds of their games and finishing tied for fourth in the WAC. The future doesn’t look quite as bright, however, as only six total starters return from last year’s team, three on each side of the ball. The non-conference schedule has only one tough game, a trip to Michigan State. I expect the Owls to struggle, especially at the beginning of the season, in 2002. The overall record should be just under .500, as will the conference record.


SAN JOSE STATE
Probable Wins
(none)
Probable Losses
Washington, Stanford, Illinois, Ohio St, Boise St, Hawaii, LA Tech
Toss-Ups
Arkansas St, UTEP, SMU, Nevada, Tulsa, Fresno St
Returning Starters
Offense: 5…..Defense: 1
Projected Record
3-10 / 2-6
Official Site
SJSUSpartans.com

The Spartans suffered through a disappointing 3-9 season in 2001, and this season will be played mostly by newcomers. Only six starters from the 2001 team return, including five on offense and only one on defense. SJSU is looking to improve their fifth-place finish in the WAC and make a run at a .500 record. The non-conference schedule is one of the toughest in the country, all five of the games being on away from San Jose and four of those against teams from major conferences. The Spartans have only four home games this year, and I don’t expect them to exceed last year’s win total overall or in the WAC.


SMU
Probable Wins
Navy
Probable Losses
Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma St, Hawaii, Fresno St, LA Tech
Toss-Ups
SJ State, Rice, Nevada, UTEP, Tulsa
Returning Starters
Offense: 5…..Defense: 6
Projected Record
3-9 / 2-6
Official Site
SMUMustangs.com

Although the Mustangs were only 4-7 overall, they finished the conference schedule at .500 last season, good enough for sixth place. Only 11 starters return from that team, however, for the 2002 campaign. The non-conference slate has two games against major conference teams (one at home, one on the road) and a trip to in-state rival TCU. A home game against Navy seems to be the only sure bet for a win. Matching last season’s record will be tough for the Mustangs this season.


TULSA
Probable Wins
(none)
Probable Losses
Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas, LA Tech, Boise St, Fresno St
Toss-Ups
Arkansas St, UTEP, Rice, SJ State, SMU
Returning Starters
Offense: 6…..Defense: 6
Projected Record
3-9 / 2-6
Official Site
TulsaHurricane.com

Tulsa struggled through a tough 1-10 season in 2001 in which they did not win a conference game and finished dead last in the WAC. I like the way their non-conference schedule is shaping up though. They have one tough game, a home matchup with in-state rival Oklahoma. Then they have a trip to Arkansas State along with a trip to Baylor and a home battle with Kansas, two teams from the powerful Big XII but possibly the two weakest teams in that conference. If they can split the OOC games and play .500 in the conference, then the Hurricane can make a run at a .500 record. I don’t think it will happen this year though, as there are only six starters returning on each side of the ball.


UTEP
Probable Wins
Sacramento St
Probable Losses
Kentucky, Oklahoma, Hawaii, NM State, Boise St, LA Tech
Toss-Ups
SJ State, Rice, Tulsa, Nevada, SMU
Returning Starters
Offense: 6…..Defense: 10
Projected Record
5-7 / 4-4
Official Site
UTEPAthletics.com

The Miners are coming off a tough 2-9 season in 2001 after going bowling in 2000. UTEP finished ninth last year, but sixteen starters will return for the ’02 season. Six of those are on the offense while ten are from the defensive side of the ball. A road game against Oklahoma is an almost impossible OOC game, though road contests at Kentucky and New Mexico State are winnable, as is a home matchup with D-IAA Sacramento State. If the Miners can steal a road non-conference game, they can make a run at .500. I think UTEP will finish just under .500 overall and be in the middle of the pack in the WAC.



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