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2007 M-West Team-by-Team Schedules

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 21, 2007


The Mountain West is arguably the best of the mid-majors and should be in for a whale of a season with TCU good enough to go to the BCS, BYU and Utah loaded enough to challenge for the title, and upcoming stars to get excited about like New Mexico's Donovan Porterie. Check out the Mountain West Team-by-Team Schedule Analysis.

Air Force | BYU | Colorado State | New Mexico
San Diego State | TCU | UNLV | Utah | Wyoming

2007 Mountain West Composite Schedule

Toughest schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when

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

Air Force
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 5-7
It'll be a Mountain West trial by fire for Troy Calhoun as Air Force plays the league's big three Utah, TCU and BYU, in the first three conference games with all coming before the end of September. Making matters worse, the Utah and BYU showdowns are on the road. If that wasn't enough, the Colorado State and New Mexico games are also away. On the non-conference slate, South Carolina State is a nice early tune-up, but road games at Navy and Notre Dame aren't going to be fun. On the plus side, getting Army and San Diego State in November should help end with a good kick.

Air Force
Sept. 1 South Carolina St
Sept. 8 at Utah
Sept. 13 TCU
Sept. 22 at BYU
Sept. 29 at Navy
Oct. 6 UNLV
Oct. 13 at Colorado State
Oct. 20 Wyoming
Oct. 25 at New Mexico
Nov. 3 Army
Nov. 10 at Notre Dame
Nov. 17 San Diego State
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

BYU
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 9-3
Merry Christmas. It's not an easy slate, especially with road non-conference games against UCLA and Tulsa and a home date with Arizona to start the season, but the Mountain West schedule couldn't be more favorable with TCU and Utah each having to come to Provo. If you could pick any two league games to play on the road, you'd pick UNLV and San Diego State. Three of the final four games are at home to off-set a mid-season stretch of three road games in four. Playing Eastern Washington in the middle of the year will provide a nice break.

BYU
Sept. 1 Arizona
Sept. 8 at UCLA
Sept. 15 at Tulsa
Sept. 22 Air Force
Sept. 29 at New Mexico
Oct. 13 at UNLV
Oct. 20 Eastern Washington
Oct. 27 at San Diego State
Nov. 3 Colorado State
Nov. 8 TCU
Nov. 17 at Wyoming
Nov. 24 Utah
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Colorado State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 6-6
It's not a walk in the park. The early non-conference schedule is a bear starting with the nasty rivalry date with Colorado and followed up with California and a trip to Houston to face the defending Conference USA champion. If that wasn't a tough enough start, the Mountain West season opener is at TCU. On the plus side, three of the next four games are at home along with the final two dates of the year. Unfortunately, November trips to BYU and New Mexico could kill the season before the Rams get to make any noise against Georgia Southern and Wyoming.

Colorado State
Sept. 1 Colorado (in Denver)
Sept. 8 California
Sept. 22 at Houston
Sept. 29 at TCU
Oct. 6 San Diego State
Oct. 13 Air Force
Oct. 20 at UNLV
Oct. 27 Utah
Nov. 3 at BYU
Nov. 10 at New Mexico
Nov. 17 Georgia Southern
Nov. 23 Wyoming
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

New Mexico
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 7-5
The Lobos' hope for a Mountain West title might be dashed with two road games at TCU and UNLV late in the year, but BYU has to come to Albuquerque and back-to-back road dates against Wyoming and San Diego State gets two away games out of the way early. The non-conference schedule is tougher than it looks with road trips to UTEP and Arizona wrapped around an intriguing in-state rivalry battle with New Mexico State and its high-octane offense. The final three home games, Air Force, Colorado State and UNLV, are all winnable.

New Mexico
Sept. 1 at UTEP
Sept. 8 New Mexico State
Sept. 15 at Arizona
Sept. 22 Sacramento State
Sept. 29 BYU
Oct. 13 at Wyoming
Oct. 20 at San Diego State
Oct. 25 Air Force
Nov. 3 at TCU
Nov. 11 Colorado State
Nov. 17 at Utah
Nov. 24 UNLV
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

San Diego State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 3-9
Realistic record: 5-7
For a good team, the schedule isn't all that bad. For a program looking to build something in the second year of a new coaching era, it's not great. The first half of the season isn't exactly conducive to a big start with four away games in the first six facing Washington State, Arizona State, Colorado State and Utah. If that wasn't enough to give the Aztecs a hard time, the first three D-I home games are against Cincinnati, New Mexico and BYU, who'll all likely finish the year in a bowl. Wyoming and TCU have to make the trip to San Diego wrapped around a two-game road stretch against UNLV and Air Force.

San Diego State
Sept. 1 at Washington State
Sept. 15 at Arizona State
Sept. 22 Portland State
Sept. 29 Cincinnati
Oct. 6 at Colorado State
Oct. 13 at Utah
Oct. 20 New Mexico
Oct. 27 BYU
Nov. 3 Wyoming
Nov. 10 at UNLV
Nov. 17 at Air Force 
Nov. 24 TCU
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

TCU
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 8-4
Realistic record: 11-1
If the Horned Frogs really are as good as expected, the schedule works out well enough for a tremendous record and a shot at the BCS. The early part of the season will be all about the trip to Texas with a chance to make a huge national splash. Baylor, SMU and a trip to Stanford makes up a not-that-bad rest of the non-conference slate. In league play, Utah has to come to Fort Worth, but a trip to BYU will likely make-or-break title hopes. Any team that thinks its good enough to win the Mountain West title should be able to get by road games at Air Force, Wyoming and San Diego State.

TCU
Sept. 1 Baylor
Sept. 8 at Texas
Sept. 13 at Air Force
Sept. 22 SMU
Sept. 29 Colorado State
Oct. 6 at Wyoming
Oct. 13 at Stanford
Oct. 18 Utah
Nov. 3 New Mexico
Nov. 8 at BYU
Nov. 17 UNLV
Nov. 24 at San Diego State
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

UNLV
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 6-6
Barring total disaster worst case record: 2-10
Realistic record: 4-8
For a program still trying to get on track in the Mike Sanford era, the start isn't all that great dealing with Wisconsin, Hawaii, Utah, and a trip to Nevada all in September. To make the first half of the year even worse, the Rebels have to travel to Air Force and hose BYU. The second half gets a wee bit easier, but three of the five final games are on the road to go along with must-win home dates against Colorado State and San Diego State. Finishing up on the road at TCU and New Mexico should end the year with a thud.

UNLV
Aug. 30 at Utah State
Sept.8 Wisconsin
Sept. 15 Hawaii
Sept. 22 Utah
Sept. 29 at Nevada
Oct. 6 at Air Force
Oct. 13 BYU
Oct. 20 Colorado State
Oct. 27 at Wyoming
Nov. 10 San Diego State
Nov. 17 at TCU
Nov. 24 at New Mexico
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Utah
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 7-5
Utah will likely be far better than the final record will indicate. Oregon State has everyone back from last year's great team, so the season-opening trip to Corvallis could start the year off on a sour note. UCLA is a top-ten caliber team coming to Salt Lake City, while the battle at Louisville will show just how well the Utes stack up against the nation's best. If that wasn't enough, the Mountain West schedule doesn't offer much help with the showdowns against TCU and BYU both on the road. Winning all the league home games (Air Force, San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico) is a must.

Utah
Aug. 30 at Oregon State
Sept. 8 Air Force
Sept. 15 UCLA
Sept. 22 at UNLV
Sept. 29 Utah State
Oct. 5 at Louisville
Oct. 13 San Diego State
Oct. 18 at TCU
Oct. 27 at Colorado State
Nov. 10 Wyoming
Nov. 17 New Mexico
Nov. 24 at BYU
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Wyoming
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5
The Cowboys should be better, but the schedule will be a challenge. The non-conference slate is tougher than it looks with a good opening day battle with Virginia followed up by what should be a layup against Utah State. Trips to Boise State (considering the Broncos are rebuilding) and Ohio could go either way. TCU and BYU have to come to Laramie, but the finishing kick in conference play is a beat going on the road for three of the final four games traveling to San Diego State, Utah and Colorado State while hosting BYU. On the flip side, the Cowboys get a nice stretch of three home games in four weeks in the middle of the season.

Wyoming
Sept. 1 Virginia
Sept. 8 Utah State
Sept. 15 at Boise State
Sept. 22 at Ohio
Oct. 6 TCU
Oct. 13 New Mexico
Oct. 20 at Air Force
Oct. 27 UNLV
Nov. 3 at San Diego State
Nov. 10 at Utah
Nov. 17 BYU
Nov. 23 at Colorado State
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

    

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