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MWC Matchups: Is Boise Back On Track?

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Early surprise Washington delivered a body blow to Boise State's BCS hopes in the opener, but the Broncos are in good shape entering MWC play and should cruise against Air Force. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.
Early surprise Washington delivered a body blow to Boise State's BCS hopes in the opener, but the Broncos are in good shape entering MWC play and should cruise against Air Force. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.

Friday

Who: Air Force (1-1, 0-1 MWC) at Boise State (1-1, 0-0 MWC)

When: 6 p.m. MT 

Where: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho

On The Air: ESPN

On The Board: BSU by 24

On The Line: The sky isn’t falling in Boise, after all. After a bad beat in Washington, the Broncos rebounded for a big win against Tennessee-Martin. The Falcons looked out-gunned against Utah State last week. Look for another big Boise State win this week. 

Saturday

Who: Cal Poly (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) at Colorado State (0-2, 0-0 MWC)

When: 1:30 p.m. MT 

Where: Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, Colo.

On The Air: Mountain West Digital Network

On The Board: CSU by 9

On The Line: The Rams lost a tough one to Tulsa last week and Cal Poly didn’t look like a total pushover against Fresno State. If the Rams can’t pull this one off at home, you have to shudder at what will happen when they face Alabama next week. 

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Who: New Mexico (1-1, 0-0 MWC) at Pittsburgh (0-1, 0-0 ACC)

When: 10:30 a.m. MT 

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.

On The Air: ESPN 3

On The Board: Pittsburgh by 21.5

On The Line: We still don’t know about Bob Davie’s team yet. They looked competent against UTEP last week. Even in a down year, Pitt should be the deeper team and handle the Lobos. A 2-1 record going into a bye week would be considered a huge victory for this team, but don’t count on it. 

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Who: Weber State (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) at Utah State (1-1, 1-0 MWC)

When: 6 p.m. MT 

Where: Romney Stadium, Logan, Utah.

On The Air: ESPN3

On The Board: USU by 36

On The Line: This one is easy to call: Two weeks ago, the Aggies lost to Utah on the road by four. Last week, Weber State lost to Utah on the road by 63. USU should go into a winnable game against USC next week at 2-1.

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Who: Northern Colorado (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) at Wyoming (1-1, 0-0 MWC)

When: 2 p.m. MT 

Where: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo.

On The Air: None

On The Board: Wyoming by 26.5

On The Line: Wyoming didn’t have any trouble with Idaho last week, and they shouldn’t have any trouble with Northern Colorado. The Cowboys aren’t used to a lot of success, however. Winning the games they are supposed to is an important step to becoming contenders. 

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Who: Fresno State (2-0, 0-0 MWC) at Colorado (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12)

When: 11 a.m. PT 

Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.

On The Air: Pac-12 Network

On The Board: FSU by 9.5

On The Line: Fresno State needed overtime to eek out a win against their only other FBS opponent this year, Rutgers. We’ll also see how the Bulldogs perform on the road. We’ll learn a lot about their potential to bust the BCS on Saturday in Colorado.

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Who: Nevada (1-1, 0-0 MWC) at Florida State (1-0, 1-0 ACC)

When: 12:30 p.m. PT 

Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

On The Air: Pac-12 Network

On The Board: FSU by 34

On The Line: Two good quarterbacks face off in Cody Fajardo and freshman sensation Jameis Winston. Fajardo will have to pull off a miracle to win this one. 

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Who: Central Michigan (1-1, 0-0 MAC) at UNLV (0-2, 0-0 MWC)

When: 7 p.m. PT 

Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

On The Air: Mountain West Digital Network

On The Board: UNLV by 7

On The Line: After getting blown out by two teams from major conferences, the Rebels get a bit of a breather against Central Michigan. If the UNLV defense gives up 50 points like it did that last two weeks, it could mean another long season in Sin City.