LARAMIE – Tonight was supposed to be the night Colorado State truly showcases its new football stadium.
A week ago at this time, the Rams, despite losing to Air Force, still were in control of their destiny when it came to the postseason.
Tonight’s home game against Boise State was supposed to be for first place in the Mountain West’s Mountain Division. It was supposed to be CSU’s springboard to the possibility of a big-time bowl game. The Rams were breaking out their State Pride uniforms for the game.
Except the Rams didn’t count on losing to the University of Wyoming.
Now, CSU (6-4 overall, 4-2 MW) enters tonight’s game with a remote chance at best of winning the division, needing a lot of things to go its way during the final three weeks of the regular season.
Boise State (7-2, 5-0) sits in firm control of the division. A win tonight would clinch at least a tie for the Mountain title. The Broncos close out the regular season with a Nov. 17 home game against Air Force and Nov. 25 at West Division leading Fresno State.
The most intriguing part of tonight’s game is that a win by the Rams would benefit UW more than CSU.
The Cowboys (6-3, 4-1), who play at Air Force the same time as Boise State and CSU, trail Boise State by a game. The Broncos hold the tiebreaker over the Cowboys, so UW needs Boise State to lose two of its final three games to have a chance at the title.
In the other conference game with MW postseason implications, Fresno State plays at Hawaii.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-1) start a tough final stretch needing a win to stay ahead of San Diego State in the West Division standings.
Fresno State closes its season with a Nov. 18 game at UW and home against Boise State to wrap up the regular season.
The MW schedule started with a nonconference game late Friday night. UNLV hosted Brigham Young at Sam Boyd Stadium. Also in nonconference play, New Mexico plays today at Texas A&M.
Utah State has a bye this week.
Here’s a look at the games involving MW teams. All times are MST.
San Jose State at Nevada
Game: 2 p.m. today, Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nevada (ESPN3)
Records: San Jose State 1-9, 0-5 MW; Nevada 1-8, 1-4 MW
Series: Nevada leads 19-9-2
Notable: This game matches two of the nine one-win teams left in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The others are North Carolina, Baylor, Kansas, Charlotte, Rice, Oregon State and Coastal Carolina. Texas-El Paso and Georgia Southern remain as the only winless teams left in the FBS. … San Jose State won last season’s meeting in San Jose to snap a nine-game losing streak to Nevada.
New Mexico at Texas A&M
Game: 5 p.m. today, Kyle Field, College Station, Texas (ESPNU)
Records: New Mexico 3-6, 1-5 MW; Texas A&M 5-4, 3-3 SEC
Series: Texas A&M leads 3-0
Notable: The Lobos lost to Utah State last Saturday and are now on the brink of missing out on a potential bowl. At 3-6 overall, New Mexico will need to win its last three games to be eligible. After today, New Mexico hosts UNLV and plays at San Diego State to end the regular season. … New Mexico plays again at Texas A&M in 2021. … New Mexico lists 19 players from the state of Texas on its roster.
Boise State at Colorado State
Game: 8:30 p.m. today, CSU Stadium, Fort Collins, Colorado (CBSSN)
Records: Boise State 7-2, 5-0 MW; Colorado State 6-4, 4-2 MW
Series: Boise State leads 6-0
Notable: Boise State has won its three games in the series in Fort Collins by an average margin of 31 points. … The Broncos have a five-game winning streak, which ranks seventh among all FBS programs. Miami (Fla.) has the longest winning streak at 13 games. … Boise State received votes in both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll this week.
Fresno State at Hawaii
Game: 9 p.m. today, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Records: Fresno State 6-3, 4-1 MW; Hawaii 3-6, 1-5 MW
Series: Fresno State leads 26-22-1
Notable: Fresno State rallied from its first loss in more than a month the week before to beat Brigham Young 20-13 in a nonconference game last Saturday. … The Bulldogs lead San Diego State by one game in the loss column and two games overall in the MW West standings thanks to a 27-3 win over the Aztecs. … After losing six of its last seven games, Hawaii is in danger of not being bowl eligible this season. The Rainbow Warriors need wins over Fresno State today, at Utah State and BYU at home to get to the six-win mark.
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