2012 WAC Schedule Breakdown
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UTSA QB Eric Soza
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Posted Mar 24, 2012


Breakdowns and analysis of each WAC team's schedule.


2012 WAC Schedules

- 2012 WAC Composite Schedule & Week Rankings 

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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...
 
1. Louisiana Tech
2. Utah State
3. Idaho
4. San Jose State
5. Texas State
6. New Mexico State
7. UTSA
Idaho

Non-Conference Games: Eastern Washington, at Bowling Green, at LSU, Wyoming, at North Carolina, at BYU
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Eastern Washington, New Mexico State, at Texas State, UTSA
Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Bowling Green, at LSU, Wyoming, at North Carolina, at Louisiana Tech, San Jose State, at BYU, at Utah State

Summary: The Vandals have their forget-about-it non-conference paydays at LSU and North Carolina, but the slate isn’t that bad. Wyoming is beatable in Moscow, as is Eastern Washington. However, a trip to BYU comes up in November during the heat of the WAC season. Going on the road to face Louisiana Tech and Utah State means there’s no margin for error at home in conference action. Back-to-back road games at Texas State and Louisiana Tech in mid-September could make-or-break the season.

Aug. 30 Eastern Washington
Sept. 8 at Bowling Green
Sept. 15 at LSU
Sept. 22 Wyoming
Sept. 29 at North Carolina
Oct. 6 New Mexico State
Oct. 13 at Texas State
Oct. 20 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 27 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 San Jose State
Nov. 10 at BYU
Nov. 17 UTSA
Nov. 24 at Utah State

Louisiana Tech

Non-Conference Games: Texas A&M, at Houston, Rice, at Illinois, at Virginia, UNLV
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Rice, UNLV, Idaho, at New Mexico State, UTSA, at Texas State, Utah State, at San Jose State
Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Texas A&M, at Houston, at Illinois, at Virginia

Summary: Welcome to the new world of the WAC. If the Bulldogs are even partly as good as expected, they should be able to roll through the conference slate. Even the potentially tough games against Utah State are at home. None of the hard non-conference games are at home, but the trip to Houston is winnable, while Tech should battle hard at Illinois and Virginia. After getting just one game in Ruston in September, there aren’t any back-to-back road games the rest of the way.

Aug. 30 Texas A&M (in Shreveport)
Sept. 8 at Houston
Sept. 15 Rice
Sept. 22 at Illinois
Sept. 29 at Virginia
Oct. 6 UNLV
Oct. 13 OPEN DATE
Oct. 20 Idaho
Oct. 27 at New Mexico State
Nov. 3 UTSA
Nov. 10 at Texas State
Nov. 17 Utah State
Nov. 24 at San Jose State

New Mexico State

Non-Conference Games: Sacramento State, at Ohio, at UTEP, New Mexico, at Auburn, BYU
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Sacramento State, New Mexico, UTSA, San Jose State, at Texas State
Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Ohio, at UTEP, at Idaho, at Utah State, Louisiana Tech, at Auburn, BYU 

Summary: The Aggies should be improved and should take a step forward, but that won’t necessarily mean a winning record with a tougher-than-it-looks non-conference schedule. Ohio might be the best team in the MAC and going to UTEP won’t be a layup. Can NMSU get by New Mexico in the rivalry game? Any chance of a winning season might depend on it. There’s a nice stretch over the second half of the season with just one road game over a five-week stretch before closing out the year at Texas State.

Aug. 30 Sacramento State
Sept. 8 at Ohio
Sept. 15 at UTEP
Sept. 22 New Mexico
Sept. 29 UTSA
Oct. 6 at Idaho
Oct. 13 OPEN DATE
Oct. 20 at Utah State
Oct. 27 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 3 at Auburn
Nov. 10 San Jose State
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 BYU
12/01 at Texas State

San Jose State

Non-Conference Games: at Stanford, UC Davis, Colorado State, at San Diego State, at Navy, BYU
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: UC Davis, Utah State, at UTSA, Texas State
Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Stanford, Colorado State, at San Diego State, at Navy, at Idaho, at New Mexico State, BYU, Louisiana Tech

Summary: This should be the best Spartan team in years, and it’s going to have a bear of a time coming up with a winning season without beating Colorado State at home and pulling off a big upset against someone like Louisiana Tech in the finale. Beating Idaho and/or New Mexico State is a must and there can’t be any misfires against the newbies UTSA and Texas State. A trip to Stanford to kick things off is the only sure-thing loss, but the Spartans have to find a way to own home field.

Sept. 1 at Stanford
Sept. 8 UC Davis
Sept. 15 Colorado State
Sept. 22 at San Diego State
Sept. 29 at Navy
Oct. 6 OPEN DATE
Oct. 13 Utah State
Oct. 20 at UTSA
Oct. 27 Texas State
Nov. 3 at Idaho
Nov. 10 at New Mexico State
Nov. 17 BYU
Nov. 24 Louisiana Tech

Texas State 

Non-Conference Games: at Houston, Texas Tech, Stephen F. Austin, Nevada, Idaho, at Navy
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 2-10

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Stephen F. Austin, at UTSA
Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Houston, Texas Tech, Nevada, at New Mexico, Idaho, at San Jose State, at Utah State, Louisiana Tech, at Navy, New Mexico State

Summary: The Bobcats were able to go 6-6 last year, but there aren’t any more Tarleton States or Lamars to use as layups There is Stephen F. Austin, who TSU beat 35-26, but that’s about it as far as winnable games other than the date with the other WAC newcomer, UTSA. However, the date with the Roadrunners is on the road. A home date with New Mexico State is one of the only other possible wins, and it’s probably going to take a few major upsets on the road to think about a winning season with four road games in a five week span over the second half of the year.

Sept. 1 at Houston
Sept. 8 Texas Tech
Sept. 15 OPEN DATE
Sept. 22 Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 29 Nevada
Oct. 6 at New Mexico
Oct. 13 Idaho
Oct. 20 OPEN DATE
Oct. 27 at San Jose State
Nov. 3 at Utah State
Nov. 10 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 17 at Navy
Nov. 24 at UTSA
12/01 New Mexico State

Utah State

Non-Conference Games: Southern Utah, Utah, at Wisconsin, at Colorado State, UNLV, at BYU
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Southern Utah, UNLV, at San Jose State, New Mexico State, at UTSA, Texas State, Idaho
Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Utah, at Wisconsin, at Colorado State, at BYU, at Louisiana Tech
Summary: The Aggies don’t get their first conference game until the middle of October, and they have to survive a rough early stretch on the road going away for four times in a five-week stretch and five times in a seven-week span. Counting a week off before going to Louisiana Tech, there’s only one November away date. Fortunately, other than going to Wisconsin and BYU, and the Friday night nationally televised game against Utah, every other game is winnable, and that might include the showdown with Louisiana Tech, which should be for the WAC title.

Aug. 30 Southern Utah
Sept. 7 Utah
Sept. 15 at Wisconsin
Sept. 22 at Colorado State
Sept. 29 UNLV
Oct. 5 at BYU
Oct. 13 at San Jose State
Oct. 20 New Mexico State
Oct. 27 at UTSA
Nov. 3 Texas State
Nov. 10 OPEN DATE
Nov. 17 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 24 Idaho

 UTSA

Non-Conference Games: at South Alabama, Texas A&M-Commerce, at Georgia State, NW Oklahoma State, at Rice, McNeese State
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Texas A&M-Commerce, at Georgia State, NW Oklahoma State, McNeese State
Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at South Alabama, at New Mexico State, at Rice, San Jose State, at Louisiana Tech, at Idaho, Texas State
Summary: UTSA is trying to make its first year in the big leagues easier by scheduling a slew of non-FCS teams. The problem is that several of the teams aren’t easy. The Roadrunners needed overtime to beat a bad Georgia State team and it lost to McNeese State. The road game at South Alabama to kick things off isn’t going to be a sure-thing, either, but Texas A&M-Commerce and NW Oklahoma State will be. Five of the last seven games are at home including the regular season finale against Texas State.

Sept. 1 at South Alabama
Sept. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce
Sept. 15 at Georgia State
Sept. 22 NW Oklahoma State
Sept. 29 at New Mexico State
Oct. 6 OPEN DATE
Oct. 13 at Rice
Oct. 20 San Jose State
Oct. 27 Utah State
Nov. 3 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 10 McNeese State
Nov. 17 at Idaho
Nov. 24 Texas State

- 2012 WAC Composite Schedule & Week Rankings 

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