When the season started, there were stories aplenty that the Mountain West Conference was the best non-BCS league; and furthermore, they had upwards of five schools capable of being BCS-busters. However, that claim has narrowed significantly with only one of those five teams sitting in the Top 25 and undefeated at this time. In fact, except for #24 Fresno State Bulldogs, the four other potential BCS-busters have two or more losses already. This certainly was not expected considering when the year began.
Only one, but they could bust the BCS
To be clear, Fresno State has a legitimate shot at an undefeated season and getting into a BCS bowl. If you watched the video, then you'll know that quarterback Derek Carr is a leading Heisman Trophy candidate with incredible numbers to date. Two of the biggest obstacles were Rutgers and Boise State Broncos but they won those games even though it was by the slimmest of margins. Two of the Bulldogs last three games on the schedule are on the road against an upstart Wyoming Cowboys' squad and the San Jose State Spartans. In fact, Fresno State has five of their remaining eight contests on the road, which will be a difficult task. However, except for Wyoming, none of the other teams have a winning record.
Still, the Mountain West has had a poor showing so far in non-conference games, going 13-20 to this juncture. And those four other clubs considered prospective BCS-busters? They are a combined 5-9 with one team, the San Diego State Spartans, 0-3 so far in 2013. That’s a bust if ever there was one.
Boise State is always a probable BCS-buster year-in and year-out but the program appears a bit down recently – at least as far as the Broncos are concerned. They were 10-2 during the regular season in 2012, including a rare conference loss at home. Boise State hasn’t been to a BCS bowl since the 2009 season. The Broncos are 2-2 and still have road games against a good Utah State Aggies squad and a Friday night affair in Provo versus BYU. Also, a now seemingly dangerous Wyoming group comes to the blue carpet in Boise towards the latter stages of the season. Indeed, not a normal situation for the squad from Idaho.
The other clubs who most thought had a reasonable shot as a BCS-buster were aforementioned Utah State, San Jose State and San Diego State. Utah State had a couple of Pac-12 teams on the ropes but couldn’t come up with the win and consequently are 2-2 heading into a gridiron battle with San Jose State who also had a tough schedule with a couple of road games against undefeated Pac-12 (Stanford) and Big Ten (Minnesota) teams. San Diego State has lost three contests, giving up nearly 40 points a game. Unquestionably, not BCS-buster quality football.
Lots of losses
Three Mountain West schools are still looking for their first win and two others are looking for their first win over a Division 1 opponent. So, for such promising preseason accolades, the Mountain West Conference is left to lick their wounds while they try to find themselves with still a majority of the schedule to play.
Last year wasn’t great but with the new two division conference and 12 teams, it was thought the league might make some waves. There was a wave alright, but it's been a tidal wave of losses. Disappointment reigns supreme in the Mountain West as the supposed BCS-buster conference is a bust.