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2011 M-West Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown
Colorado State QB Pete Thomas
Colorado State QB Pete Thomas
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 4, 2011


Check out the breakdowns and analysis of each Mountain West team's 2011 schedule.


2011 M-West Schedule

- Air ForceBoise State | Colorado State | New Mexico
- San Diego State | TCU | UNLV | Wyoming

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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. (From hardest to easiest.)

1. UNLV
2. Wyoming
3. TCU
4. Boise State
5. Air Force
6. New Mexico
7. San Diego State
8. Colorado State
Air Force

Non-Conference Games: South Dakota, Tennessee State, at Navy, at Notre Dame, Army
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: The veteran Falcons will know where they stand in Mountain West play right away with a showdown against TCU on September 10th, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to call it the biggest conference game in the school’s history. Win that, and it’s Game On for a run for the conference title with San Diego State at home and with one brutal road game, at Boise State, to follow. If Air Force is as good as expected, the second half of the year should be a walk in the park with Army the toughest test in the last five. Back-to-back road games against Navy and Notre Dame will be tough in non-conference play, especially coming before the San Diego State game, and the Falcons catch a bad break with the open date coming after the TCU showdown and before the layup against Tennessee State.

Sep. 3 South Dakota
Sep. 10 TCU
Sep. 17 OPEN DATE
Sep. 24 Tennessee State
Oct. 1 at Navy
Oct. 8 at Notre Dame
Oct. 15 San Diego State
Oct. 22 at Boise State
Oct. 29 at New Mexico
Nov. 5 Army
Nov. 12 Wyoming
Nov. 19 UNLV
Nov. 26 at Colorado State

Boise State

Non-Conference Games: Georgia (in Atlanta), at Toledo, Tulsa, Nevada, at Fresno State
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 9-3
Likely Finish: 10-2

Summary: It’s a two game season, and no, the non-conference home revenge game against Nevada isn’t one of them. For a program used to being in the national title discussion, the opening day battle with Georgia in Atlanta means everything. Win that, and it’ll be another year of talking about whether or not the Broncos belong in the national title chase considering they’ll almost certainly be the favorites in the rest of the 11 games. While non-conference games at Toledo, Tulsa, Nevada, and at Fresno State are interesting, any team worthy of the BCS shouldn’t have a problem with any of them. In a welcome to the Mountain West gift, Boise State gets both Air Force and TCU at home meaning the toughest conference road game of the year is at San Diego State. There’s no excuse to not come up with a ten win season, at least.

Sep. 3 Georgia (in Atlanta)
Sep. 10 OPEN DATE
Sep. 17 at Toledo
Sep. 24 Tulsa
Oct. 1 Nevada
Oct. 8 at Fresno State
Oct. 15 at Colorado State
Oct. 22 Air Force
Oct. 29 OPEN DATE
Nov. 5 at UNLV
Nov. 12 TCU
Nov. 19 at San Diego State
Nov. 26 Wyoming
Dec. 3 New Mexico

Colorado State

Non-Conference Games: Northern Colorado, Colorado (in Denver), at Utah State, San Jose State, at UTEP
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: There’s no reason the Rams can’t turn things around thanks to a hot start. While New Mexico will also be looking to make an early splash with a home game against the Rams to start the season, CSU has to get through the trip to Albuquerque before getting Northern Colorado, at Utah State, and San Jose State before an off week. Throw in the date in Denver against Colorado, and the Rams should be no worse than 3-1 before hosting Boise State. Getting San Diego State and Air Force at home is a huge break, but going to TCU after facing the Aztecs will be a battle. As long as there’s a nice base of wins before going into November, the season should be solid.

Sep. 3 at New Mexico
Sep. 10 Northern Colorado
Sep. 17 Colorado (in Denver)
Sep. 24 at Utah State
Oct. 1 San Jose State
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 Boise State
Oct. 22 at UTEP
Oct. 29 at UNLV
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 San Diego State
Nov. 19 at TCU
Nov. 26 Air Force
Dec. 3 Wyoming

New Mexico

Non-Conference Games: at Arkansas, Texas Tech, Sam Houston State, New Mexico State, at Nevada
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 3-9

Summary: There’s a date with Sam Houston State that should be a win, but even that could be a bit of a fight. There’s a home game against New Mexico State, but that rivalry game is always a battle. That’s it. Everything else will be tough for the still-rebuilding Lobos, and the key might be to beat Colorado State in the season opener to get something positive to build on before getting trounced at Arkansas and against Texas Tech. The middle of the season is brutal with three road games in four weeks going to Nevada, TCU, and San Diego State, while the home game is against Air Force. Consider that an 0-4 stretch before needing to beat UNLV at home and Wyoming on the road before closing out with a trip to Boise State after two weeks off.

Sep. 3 Colorado State
Sep. 10 at Arkansas
Sep. 17 Texas Tech
Sep. 24 Sam Houston State
Oct. 1 New Mexico State
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 at Nevada
Oct. 22 at TCU
Oct. 29 Air Force
Nov. 5 at San Diego State
Nov. 12 UNLV
Nov. 19 at Wyoming
Nov. 26 OPEN DATE
Dec. 3 at Boise State

San Diego State

Non-Conference Games: Cal Poly, at Army, Washington State, at Michigan, Fresno State
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: Rocky Long’s Aztecs have an interesting schedule, but a manageable one. An opening day game against a decent Cal Poly team should be a good tune up for non-conference games against Army and Washington State before the fascinating date at Michigan against former head coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines. In conference play, the Aztecs have two showdown games in the middle of the year, but to start in Mountain West action for them, with the TCU battle before going to Air Force. There’s a nice, cushy stretch against Wyoming and New Mexico at home before a trap date at Colorado State. Can SDSU avoid looking ahead to the home game against Boise State? That might be the key to the Mountain West season.

Sep. 3 Cal Poly
Sep. 10 at Army
Sep. 17 Washington State
Sep. 24 at Michigan
Oct. 1 OPEN DATE
Oct. 8 TCU
Oct. 15 at Air Force
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Wyoming
Nov. 5 New Mexico
Nov. 12 at Colorado State
Nov. 19 Boise State
Nov. 26 at UNLV
Dec. 3 Fresno State

TCU

Non-Conference Games: at Baylor, ULM, Portland State, SMU, BYU
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 9-3
Likely Finish: 11-1

Summary: November 12th at Boise State. Oh sure, the opening day game at Baylor will be a challenge, and the BYU game will be tough, and going to Air Force and San Diego State will be a challenge, but for a team like TCU that has rolled at will through the Mountain West over the last several years, the schedule is good enough to get through clean. Of course, now the bull’s-eye is on the Horned Frogs’ back, and don’t dismiss the conference road dates at Air Force and San Diego State, but the key is the game against the Broncos. TCU will face BYU and go to Wyoming before making another long plane trip up to Boise, and they could be softened up just enough to have problems. However, it should be a shock if the record isn’t 9-0 before the Mountain West Game of the Year.

Sep. 3 at Baylor
Sep. 10 at Air Force
Sep. 17 ULM
Sep. 24 Portland State
Oct. 1 SMU
Oct. 8 at San Diego State
Oct. 15 OPEN DATE
Oct. 22 New Mexico
Oct. 28 BYU
Nov. 5 at Wyoming
Nov. 12 at Boise State
Nov. 19 Colorado State
Nov. 26 OPEN DATE
Dec. 3 UNLV

UNLV

Non-Conference Games: at Wisconsin, at Washington State, Hawaii, Southern Utah, at Nevada
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Summary: It starts out rough having to go on the road to get steamrolled over by Wisconsin before going to Washington State, but then the Rebels get a chance to deal with the Hawaii passing game at home before the one true layup against Southern Utah followed up by a week off. Going to Nevada and Wyoming before another off week isn’t a plus, but the schedule break, if you can call it that, comes with next with Colorado State and Boise State at home before going on the road to New Mexico. The slate closes out brutally with date at Air Force and TCU wrapped around San Diego State. If the Rebels don’t have a big base of wins early, they’re not going to end up with a decent record.

Sep. 3 at Wisconsin
Sep. 10 at Washington State
Sep. 17 Hawaii
Sep. 24 Southern Utah
Oct. 1 OPEN DATE
Oct. 8 at Nevada
Oct. 15 at Wyoming
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Colorado State
Nov. 5 Boise State
Nov. 12 at New Mexico
Nov. 19 at Air Force
Nov. 26 San Diego State
Dec. 3 at TCU

Wyoming

Non-Conference Games: Weber State, Texas State, at Bowling Green, Nebraska, at Utah State
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: Last year’s schedule was rough and the final record reflected it. This year, the slate couldn’t be nicer helped by two scrimmages against Weber State and Texas State before going to Bowling Green. There’s one brutal non-conference game to deal with, Nebraska, but that’s at home. The Cowboys don’t have to start conference play until mid-October, and it starts with a winnable game against UNLV before getting a week off. And then the payback comes with road games at San Diego State and Air Force wrapped around a home game against TCU. Forget about any pie-in-the-sky dreams of a Mountain West title with road games against the Aztecs, Falcons, and Boise State ant Colorado State to close.
 
Sep. 3 Weber State
Sep. 10 Texas State
Sep. 17 at Bowling Green
Sep. 24 Nebraska
Oct. 1 OPEN DATE
Oct. 8 at Utah State
Oct. 15 UNLV
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 at San Diego State
Nov. 5 TCU
Nov. 12 at Air Force
Nov. 19 New Mexico
Nov. 26 at Boise State
Dec. 3 at Colorado State