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MWC Matchups: Newcomers Square Off

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Chuckie Keeton and Utah State look to cement themselves as a contender in the MWC with a win against fellow conference newbie San Jose State on Friday. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.
Chuckie Keeton and Utah State look to cement themselves as a contender in the MWC with a win against fellow conference newbie San Jose State on Friday. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

Friday, Sept. 27

Who: Utah State (2-2, 1-0 MWC) at San Jose State (1-2, 0-0 MWC)

When: 6 p.m. PT 

Where: Spartan Stadium, San Jose, Calif.

On The Air: ESPN

On The Board: USU by 9.5

On The Line: The two newcomers to the MWC square off as the conference gets its second consecutive Friday night showcase on ESPN. The Aggies look as though they’ve carried over their success from last season better than the Spartans. USU should be chomping at the bit after letting one get away at USC last week. 

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Saturday, Sept. 28

Who: Air Force (1-3, 0-3 MWC) at Nevada (2-2, 1-0 MWC)

When: 4:30 p.m. PT 

Where: Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nev.

On The Air: CBS Sports Network

On The Board: Nevada by 10.5

On The Line: Nevada is coming off of a get-well game against Hawaii and is looking to stay undefeated at home and in conference play. Air Force is just looking to snap a three-game losing streak and hold an opponent under 40 points for the first time since week one. The Wolf Pack should improve to 3-2 this week.

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Who: Southern Miss. (0-3, 0-0 C-USA) at Boise State (2-2, 1-1 MWC)

When: 8:15 p.m. MT 

Where: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho

On The Air: ESPNU

On The Board: BSU by 28

On The Line: After being dethroned from the top of the MWC, Boise State gets to nurse its wounds by beating up on Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles are averaging just more than 10 points per game and BSU is looking to prove a point. This could get ugly quick.

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Who: UTEP (1-2, 0-1 C-USA) at Colorado State (1-3, 0-0 MWC)

When: 1:30 p.m. MT 

Where: Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, Colo.

On The Air: CBS Sports Network

On The Board: Colorado State by 13.5

On The Line: The Rams won’t be favored by this much for the rest of the season. Alabama took it easy on them last week, but it was obvious how outgunned they were against the nation’s top team. The competition gets a lot easier against UTEP and CSU should pick up their second win of the season.

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Who: UNLV (2-2, 0-0 MWC) at New Mexico (1-2, 0-0 MWC)

When: 6:00 p.m. MT 

Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.

On The Air: ROOT

On The Board: UNLV by 2.5

On The Line: If the Rebels can pick up an in-conference road win, they go into their bye week halfway to bowl eligibility, which is no small feat for this team. New Mexico, on the other hand, will look to hold court at home and get back to .500. This game is a toss-up between two teams looking to climb out of the MWC basement. 

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Who: Wyoming (3-1, 0-0 MWC) at Texas State (2-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)

When: 6 p.m. CT 

Where: Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, Texas

On The Air: Longhorn Network

On The Board: Wyoming by 12

On The Line: The Cowboys' strong start hasn’t let up and they’ve done well to avoid losing games they should win. They have one more out of conference contest against a Texas State team that is capable of challenging them, but Wyoming should roll into conference play at 4-1.

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Who: Hawaii (0-3, 0-1 MWC) at Fresno State (3-0, 1-0 MWC)

When: 9 p.m. PT 

Where: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.

On The Air: KSEE-24 TV

On The Board: FSU by 18.5

On The Line: Coming off an emotional win like last week might lead to you to believe that the Bulldogs are in line for a letdown, but Hawaii hasn’t been within two scores of any of its opponents this year. FSU should begin October undefeated.

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Who: San Diego State (0-3, 0-0 MWC) at New Mexico State (0-4, IND)

When: 6 p.m. MT 

Where: Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, N.M.

On The Air: ESPN 3

On The Board: SDSU by 17

On The Line: The good news is, somebody will leave this game with a win. The better news for Aztec fans is that it probably will be SDSU. The Aztecs played better in a close loss to Oregon State last week.