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MWC Matchups: Spartans Re-Visit Cardinal

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San Jose State quarterback David Fales and the Spartans played Stanford close for most of last year's gme, but they are nearly three-touchdown underdogs. Photo by David Madison/Getty Images.
San Jose State quarterback David Fales and the Spartans played Stanford close for most of last year's gme, but they are nearly three-touchdown underdogs. Photo by David Madison/Getty Images.

Saturday

Utah State (0-1, 0-0 MWC) at Air Force (1-0, 0-0 MWC)

When: 1:30 p.m. MT 

Where: Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colo.

On The Air: CBS Sports Network

On The Board: USU by 9.5

On The Line: The Falcons and the Aggies kick off their MWC schedules in just the second week. Air Force had an easy tune-up win against Colgate while USU lost a nail biter to in-state rival Utah. The Aggies will be on high alert to keep from falling to 0-2 to start the season.

UT Martin (1-0, 0-0 OVC) at Boise State (0-1, 0-0 MWC)

When: 1 p.m. MT 

Where: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho

On The Air: ESPN 3

On The Board: BSU by 35.5

On The Line: An apparent get-well game couldn’t come at a better time for the Broncos after suffering the worst loss of the Chris Petersen era. We won’t learn much about the BSU from this matchup, but hopefully they can get some confidence back with what appears to be an easy win. 

Colorado State (0-1, 0-0 MWC) at Tulsa (0-1, 0-0 C-USA)

When: 6 p.m. CT 

Where: H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.

On The Air: CBS Sports Network

On The Board: Tulsa by 10.5

On The Line: Last week’s loss to Colorado marks the first time head coach Jim McElwain lost a season opener since 2004 when he was an assistant at Michigan State. They face a Tulsa squad that many picked to be a power in C-USA this year, but they sure didn’t look like it in a 34-7 beat down at Bowling Green. 

New Mexico (0-1, 0-0 MWC) at UTEP (0-0, 0-0 C-USA)

When: 6 p.m. MT 

Where: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

On The Air: Conference USA Digital Network

On The Board: UTEP by 6

On The Line: The Lobos hung around with UTSA last week, only losing by eight. They face another Conference USA opponent when they travel to UTEP on Saturday. The Miners are expected to be a bottom feeder in the conference again this year.  New Mexico can’t afford to drop many more of these “winnable” games.

Idaho (0-1, Ind.) at Wyoming (0-1, 0-0 MWC)

When: 2 p.m. MT 

Where: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo.

On The air: ROOT

On The Board: Wyoming by 28

On The Line: Nobody garnered more respect from a loss than the Cowboys did last week against Nebraska. QB Brett Smith announced his presence to the country, and now gets a soft Idaho team. Only a major upset prevents the Cowboys from getting back to .500 early in the season. 

Cal Poly (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky) at Fresno (1-0, 0-0 MWC)

When: 7 p.m. PT 

Where: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.

On The Air: ESPN 3

On The Board: Fresno by 27.5

On The Line: Quarterbacks don’t normally require pitch counts, but after Derek Carr’s 73 attempts in the Bulldogs win over Rutgers, the coaching staff might consider it. The good news is, he should be able rest against Cal Poly. There’s no reason FSU can’t put this game away early.

Hawaii (0-1, 0-0 MWC) at Oregon State (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12)

When: 5 p.m. PT 

Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.

On The Air: Pac 12 Network

On The Board: OSU by 27

On The Line: Before the season started this looked like a definite loss for the Rainbow Warriors, but after the Beavers couldn’t handle Eastern Washington State, all bets are off. Hawaii needs QB Taylor Graham to do better than the four interceptions he threw against USC last week to have a chance. 

UC Davis (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky) at Nevada (0-1, 0-0 MWC)

When: 6 p.m. CT 

Where: Mackay Stadium, Reno Nev.

On The Air: Mountain West Digital Network

On The Board: Nevada by 18

On The Line: Last week’s 38-point loss to UCLA is not the way Brian Polian wanted to start his tenure at Nevada. Next week the Wolf Pack travels to Florida State. This is probably the only winnable game for them until the end of September.

San Diego State (0-1, 0-0 MWC) at Ohio State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

When: 3:30 p.m. ET 

Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.

On The Air: ABC/ESPN2

On The Board: Ohio State by 28

On The Line: Ohio State may have shown signs of vulnerability against Buffalo last week, but San Diego State showed signs of being downright bad against FCS opponent Eastern Illinois. The Aztecs' task gets a lot more difficult with the Buckeyes and a date with Oregon State in two weeks. Did anybody have SDSU pegged for an 0-3 start?

San Jose State (1-0, 0-0 MWC) at Stanford (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12)

When: 8 p.m. PT 

Where: Stanford Stadium, Sanford, Calif.

On The Air: Pac-12 Network

On The Board: Stanford by 25.5

On The Line: The Spartans had the Cardinal on their heels last year, but couldn’t manage the upset. They won’t be able to sneak up on them this time. Stanford has legitimate BCS championship hopes this season, so you better believe they will come out firing in their season opener.  

Arizona (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) at UNLV (0-1, 0-0 MWC)

When: 7:30 p.m. PT 

Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.

On The Air: CBS Sports Network

On The Board: Arizona by 10.5

On The Line: The Rebels averaged 5.7 yards per rush against Minnesota last week. Unfortunately their defense was giving up 5.8 per handoff. They need to shore up the defense a bit if they hope to compete with Arizona.