Last week I led with a picture of a dejected Frank Beamer following Boise State's win over Virginia Tech. That picture brought joy to my heart. This week I also have a picture of Frank Beamer following their loss to James Madison. The sight isn't as satisfying this time around.
All around the Interwebs you can read about what that game means to Boise State's aspirations this year. Well, take heed Bronco fans. The year is still young and there are many crazy things that have yet to happen. Ohio State still has to play Purdue, Alabama still has to play South Carolina, and TCU still has to play...err...well I guess they have a weaker schedule than Boise State.
So, as I said, it's still very early in this college football season and anything could happen. At least that's what I'm telling myself after my mediocre 10-9 start. Join me after the jump for a look at the Week 2 results and the slate of games for this week.
Around the WAC
San Jose State showed a surprising amount of fight at Wisconsin losing 27-14 and well within the 37.5 points that Wisconsin was favored.
Hawaii came all the way to the East Coast to take on Army and pulled out a 31-28 win to take the spread and the game. After dealing with that kind of jet lag, I have to say I'm impressed. That was a quality win.
Idaho rolled into Lincoln to collect their $800,000 paycheck for playing Nebraska. The Vandals seemed to be staying with the Cornhuskers early, but then Nathan Enderle did what he does best and started throwing picks. They did manage to stay within the 28.5 points that Nebraska was favored, losing 38-17. So chalk up another cover for the WAC. Go WAC! And moral victories!
Louisiana Tech could not keep up their end of the bargain, however, losing to Texas A&M 48-16. A&M was favored by 18.5 points. On a highly related note, Derek Dooley showed what a great hire Tennessee made with his team's disappointing performance in the second half against Oregon. You've had a stellar week, Mike Hamilton.
New Mexico State lost to San Diego State 41-21 in a game with an announced attendance of 16,891. And yes, that was New Mexico State's home opener.
Utah State evened their record at 1-1 with a win over the Bengals of Idaho State.
Lastly, Nevada has a 2-0 record to start the year after a 51-6 thrashing of Colorado State. Colin Kaepernick had 402 total yards with 161 of those being on the ground. Hopefully Nevada can keep it up this weekend against California.
Week 2 Winners
For week 2, we had 3 people tie with 8-2 records. They are
You can check the overall standings for everyone here. The top 10 is as follows:
Week 3 Games
Due to the underwhelming slate of games this week, we're going with straight WAC games.
California (2-0) at NEVADA (2-0) +2.5
This is an interesting game. My gut says that Nevada is going to keep this close and pull it out. Maybe that's just me hoping for an improved WAC this year though.
Hawaii (1-1) at COLORADO (1-1) -11.5
I don't think Hawaii can win this game, but I think they can keep it close. And Colorado is such a bad team.
Navy (1-1) at LOUISIANA TECH (1-1) +4.5
I have no faith in Louisiana Tech.
Fresno St. (1-0) at UTAH ST. (1-1) +6.5
Pick: Fresno State
I really have high hopes for this Fresno State this year.
New Mexico St. (0-1) at TEXAS EL PASO (1-1) -15.5
New Mexico State...I have nothing to say.
UNLV (0-2) at IDAHO (1-1) -6.5
Idaho has been great lately against the spread. I'm hoping for that to continue.
#3 Boise St. (1-0) at WYOMING (1-1) +23.5
Pick: Boise State
It may feel like Boise State took a loss last week, but they looked very physical against Virginia Tech and I expect that to continue throughout the year as they destroy some teams.
Oregon State Side Note
I was planning to fly into Boise for the Oregon State game but as of right now I don't have any tickets. If anyone has some extra tickets they would be willing to sell me, please email me at email@example.com. I would love to be able to dominate Gameday again.