MWC Football Is Back...Week 1 Preview | Sharapova's Thigh

BYU quarterback Max Hall is the Preseason Offensive MWC Player of the Year.

(Editor's Note: Many of the Sharapova's Thigh writers and readers are from schools, or fans of schools in the Mountain West Conference. The same goes for the Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10, and SEC, so we might frequently focus on these conferences like this.)

Its football time again! Its like Saint Patrick's day in September. The first Saturday of the college football season always turns into a drinkfest. This year is lining up to be no different with four Mountain West (MWC) teams facing BCS conference teams. Which team will help the best non-BCS conference try to destroy the BCS system this year? Could it be one of these four teams that starts their schedule of with a bang?

Matchups for week one are followed by current spreads if available, and links to previews/ team info:
All times Mountain (Represent!)

Thursday 9/3:

Utah State @ #19 Utah, 6 PM, (Utah -21)

Preview

Saturday 9/5:

Nicholls St. @ Air Force, 12 PM

Air Force is 13-0 against FCS teams, but Air Force coach Troy Calhoun has issued a respect warning for the visiting Nicholls St. team. It was just a ploy to keep his team on task this week at practice, and the Falcons should cruise.

Nicholls St. will be starting a red-shirt freshman at quarterback, and the Falcons defense is much too strong. If the defense stays healthy, it will be the best AF defense in recent history. Nicholls St. is so bad they don't even have a team preview in a recent article about the Southland Conference of the FCS.

Weber St. @ Wyoming, 1 PM

Ex-Missouri assistant coach Dave Christensen starts his first Head Coaching gig as the Wyoming Cowboys host Weber St.

New Mexico @ Texas A&M, 5 PM, (A&M -14)

As New Mexico should be preparing for its tough opener, the new head coach has decided to fight a legal battle. Shouldn't this wait until after the season? At least they named a starting quarterback last week. Donovan Porterie threw for over 3,000 yards as a sophomore two seasons ago. The senior was injured most of last year and has something to prove.

NM-biased preview at Loboland.com

Texas A&M continues to pound it in during practices as their home opener approaches. The Aggies are looking to start strong after a disappointing 2008 campaign. They went 4-8 last year, but coach Mike Sherman has continued to improve his team's morale and instill his concepts this offseason.

Texas A&M's latest team report with Lobos game Preview

#20 BYU @ #5 Oklahoma, 5 PM, (Oklahoma -22)

- Separate Post with huge preview coming Friday!

San Diego St. @ UCLA, 5:30 PM, (UCLA -19 1/2)

- This game may be postponed until December 5th, due to the current fire near L.A. that is approaching the Rose Bowl. Update as soon as more is known.
They are still planning to play as of Earlier Wednesday Morning

San Diego St. Team Report with Game Preview
UCLA Team Report with Game Preview

Sacramento St. @ UNLV, 8 PM

UNLV Runnin Rebels are returning 15 starters from 2008. This team should be much improved and make a run at being bowl-eligible this year.

They should start off with a bang against a mediocre Big Sky team. Sac St. lost their All-Big Sky wideout Tony Washington, and has no major talent on offense that sticks out. On defense, the Hornets are starting three new linebackers, as it lost two All-Big Sky linebackers after last season. If the Sac St. Hornets are going to pull this one out, its going to have to be all heart.

UNLV Team Report with Game Preview

Sunday 9/6

Colorado State @ Colorado, (CU -10 1/2)

Separate post with huge preview coming Sunday Morning.

TCU plays Sept. 12th @ Virginia


Enjoy the opening week of College Football
!

(Hopefully I will get more of these previews and college football articles posted the future.
This info should in no way be used to pick teams for wagering.)

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