MWC Wrap Week #14

Only four Mountain West Conference teams were in action this week. All of the bowl bids were accounted for, and the champ had already been crowned, but there was still pride, conference standing, and a possible national ranking up for grabs in the final week of regular season play. The highlight of the weekend was TCU finishing out 10-2, which was enough to earn them a spot in the top 25.

BYU did not play, taking time instead to recuperate, lift weights, and get ready to face Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 21st, 2006. Bowl officials could have gambled on giant-killer UCLA, but they took a pass and settled early for Oregon. Senior wide receiver Nathan Meikle, who missed the Utah game with a hamstring, is expected to be a full strength. Junior Kayle Buchanan will miss the game with a broken leg. Justin Robinson (shoulder) and Ben Criddle (toe) are likely.

Next up: Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl, December 21 (ESPN).

TCU 38, Air Force 14.

It was ugly, folks. The Frogs led 38-0 in the fourth quarter before Air Force blocked a punt and ran it in for the score. It was so lopsided that the Falcons ran only seven plays in the entire first quarter. TCU meanwhile won its seventh straight after back-to-back losses against BYU and Utah and reached 10 wins for the fifth time in the last seven years.

Next up: Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl December 19.

San Diego State 17, Colorado State 6.

When the wheels are falling off your wagon, any win is a great win. The Aztecs finished tied for sixth in the conference with Air Force instead of tied for seventh with Colorado State and managed to avoid becoming the only team in SDSU football history to lose 10 games in a season, although the 2-9 1983 squad only had 11 tries. The win will help quell a storm that erupted earlier this week at a booster luncheon at which former Aztec and NFL great Fred Dryer challenged first year coach Chuck Long.

New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and UNLV did not play. Utah will face Tulsa December 23 in the Armed Forces (Ft. Worth) Bowl, while New Mexico will inaugurate the New Mexico Bowl against San Jose State the same day.

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