It was not a good week for Nebraska's non-conference opponents. Their combined record was 0-3 and only one team was should have been on the same field as their opponent. That team was Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Tennessee-Chattanooga - Last week - @Georgia Southern (L, 27-28). This week vs. Western Carolina
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team’s record run in the rankings has ended. The Mocs dropped out of the Football Championship Subdivision coaches' poll and the Sports Network poll, which were released today. Ranked for a school-record six straight weeks, the Mocs (2-4, 0-3 Southern Conference) fell out of the polls following last Saturday’s 28-27 loss at No. 1 Georgia Southern. The Mocs have lost three straight games, by a total of four points.
This drives me NUTS. I do not understand pollster logic like this. A team that goes on the road against the No.1 rated school in their division and loses by 1 point and they drop in the ratings. Sorry, but you lost, therefore, you must drop X amount of spots in the polls. Maybe the Mocs shouldn't be rated (they are 2-4), but they are consistently competitive against their fellow FCS schools.
Fresno State - Last week - Boise State (L, 7-57). This week vs. Utah State.
But with the country tuned in, the Broncos dominated in normal Boise State fashion, manhandling Fresno State from start to finish on both sides of the ball during Friday’s football game. The Broncos would go on to win 57-7, marking the worst loss in Bulldog Stadium history.
Surely, the prospect of a Western Athletic Conference championship will be a big part of coach Pat Hill's message today as Fresno State reconvenes following Friday night's 57-7 thrashing by No. 5 Boise State at Bulldog Stadium.
Ouch. We had a tough go against Fresno State, at home. Based on the transitive property, Boise State should smoke us. You know what? I don't care. I'd still love a shot at Boise this year. Are team is getting better every week and it would be fun to see how the Huskers stacked up to the Broncos in a bowl game.
Speaking of transitive properties, Utah State (Wyoming's last opponent) plays Fresno this week.
Washington - Last week - bye. This week vs. Colorado.
Sarkisian said Colorado, Washington's opponent this Saturday, reminded him of the Huskies from two years ago. That's when Sarkisian was brought in to replace Tyrone Willingham and boost a program that was winless the prior year.
FYI: This is the final season for Husky Stadium in its present state. Renovation will begin immediately following the last home game. In 2012, the Huskies will play their home games in CenturyLink Field, home of the NFL's Seahawks.
Ooooh. I get to talk about Colorado again. If the Buffaloes want to sniff a bowl game this year, this is a must win. Unfortunately, I think the Huskies are eying a bigger prize than the Holiday Bowl this year, and a win over Colorado is a must for them.
Wyoming - Last week - Utah State (L,19-63). This week vs. UNLV.
Chuckie Keeton threw five touchdown passes as the Aggies beat the Wyoming Cowboys in an offensive rout 63-19 Saturday night. The true freshman from Houston threw for a season high 213 yards before being pulled in the third quarter.
Saturday night in Logan is probably best left completely forgotten as the Pokes were pounded by the Utah State Aggies of the WAC by a score of 63-19. The Pokes had a 12-0 lead very early in the first quarter but where then out scored 63 to 7 in the remainder of the game.
So what could UW learn from arguably one of its most humiliating losses in recent memory? Perseverance. One wondered what the Aggies' collective psyche would be after losing those three games the way they did. True, they could be 5-0 if a play or two changes in those three losses. Or, would the mounting frustration of close losses put the Aggies over the edge?
Not a great week for the Cowboys. I have a soft spot for them and had higher hopes for the team. But, as Nebraska struggles a bit to learn their new offense this year, so too Wyoming is going through the growing pains of a freshman quarterback. If there's a Mountain West Conference in two years, Wyoming could be in the top half.