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2007 Midseason Report - WAC
Hawaii QB Colt Brennan
Hawaii QB Colt Brennan
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 17, 2007


The best WAC players, coaches, surprises of the midseason and more. Scroll down for predictions for every team and every game.



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Offensive Player of the Midseason

Colt Brennan, QB Hawaii

Defensive Player of the Midseason
Joshua Mauga, LB Nevada

Ten best WAC players in the first half of the season
1. Colt Brennan, QB Hawaii
2. Ryan Clady, OT Boise State
3. Deonte Jackson, RB Idaho
4. Ian Johnson, RB Boise State
5. Chris Williams, WR New Mexico State
6. Joshua Mauga, LB Nevada
7. Adam Tafralis, QB San Jose State
8. David Vobora, LB Idaho
9. Bear Pascoe, TE Fresno State
10. Ryan Mathews, RB Fresno State


Biggest Surprise – Hawaii defense
Of course the Warrior offense is terrific, ranking first in the nation in scoring and fourth in offense, but it's been the play of the defense that's been one of the biggest shocks after defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville left to take a head coaching job this off-season. the Warrior D is second in the WAC, behind Boise State, in most of the main categories, and when it hasn't been great, it's been clutch with interceptions to get by in overtime against San Jose State and Louisiana Tech.

Biggest Disappointment – Nevada's run defense
The linebacking corps is the best in the WAC, but bad play from the defensive line, and not enough stops from the defensive backfield, has helped the Wolf Pack rank dead last in America in run defense, allowing 268 yards per game. It's not like Nevada has faced a who's who of rushing offenses.

The WAC Champion will be ... Boise State
Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii. The world has jumped on the Warrior bandwagon, and rightly so, but Boise State, after surviving against Nevada, will make the trip to Honolulu and will come away with the big win needed to win yet another WAC title and potentially flirt with a second straight BCS spot.

Best Game of the First Half 
Boise State 69 ... Nevada 67 4OT, Oct. 15
In the highest scoring game in recent D-I college football history (going back to 1930 when the official records starting being kept), Boise State won in the fourth overtime on a defensive play, Nevada tried for a two point conversion after a seven-yard Luke Lippencott touchdown run, but QB Colin Kaepernick was tripped up. Boise State forced overtime with a 27-yard Kyle Brotzman field goal as time ran out, and that's when the fun began. Lippencott ran for a 25-yard score, and then Boise answered witha 25-yard Sherm Blaser catch on its first play. Jeremy Childs gave the Broncos the lead on a 25-yard Jeremy Childs score on the next play, and then the Pack answered with a weaving Kaepernick 25-yard touchdown run. The two teams traded field goals in the third OT, and then Boise took the lead for good on a one-yard Ian Johnson run and a Jeremy Avery catch on the two point conversion. The statistics are ridiculous. 1,266 total yards of offense, 58 first downs.21 of 34 on third down conversions. Nevada averaged 7.6 yards per carry and 22.1 yards per completion, while Boise State cranked out 353 passing yards.

Second Best GameTexas A&M 47 ... Fresno State 45 3OT, Sept. 8
Third Best Game Fresno State 49 ... at Nevada 41, Oct. 1

Worst Game of the First Half 
Boise State 58 ... New Mexico State 0, Oct. 7
Boise State dominated, outgained the Aggies 604 yards to 89, with Jeremy Childs catching touchdown passes from nine, 24, and 33 yards away, Ian Johnson running for a six-yard score, and Taylor Tharp throwing for four scores, including an 18-yard pass to Ryan Putnam and a 50-yard play to Titus Young. Aggie star QB Chase Holbrook started, but was too injured to last more than a drive.


Coach of the Midseason – June Jones, Hawaii
With the bull's-eye squarely on Hawaii's back each and every week, and with Colt Brennan dinged up, and with all the early season travel, highlighted by an extended stay on the mainland, Jones has managed to keep his team unbeaten and in the hunt for a BCS spot. This hasn't been the smooth offensive ride many thought it'd be, but at the moment, the train has kept on rolling.

Player who'll step up in the second half – Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews
Not used as a workhorse quite yet, things could quickly change over the second half of the season after Mathews came up with big performances in two road game wins over Nevada and Idaho. The Bulldogs have had to deal with four road games in a five-game stretch, and now that they have a slew of home games, they'll be in for a potentially big run, and Mathews will be one of the main reasons.


Best performance so far Hawaii QB Colt Brennan completed 34 of 40 passes for 416 yards and six touchdowns and led the Warriors with 23 yards on three carries in the win over Louisiana Tech.       

Top Freshman – Idaho RB Deonte Jackson
The new Vandal coaching staff hasn't had a strong passing game to rely on, but it's been able to ride a phenomenal start from Jackson, who rushed for 94 yards or more in every game but the loss to Hawaii, and leads the WAC in rushing. He hasn't been a touchdown machine quite yet, and he hasn't been used much in the passing game, but that'll come.     

Coach who needs to have a big second half – Utah State's Brent Guy
On a 12-game losing streak, and with just one win since 2005, Utah State isn't exactly setting the world on fire. The team is far better than last year, but it's still not getting any offensive production, and it's still struggling overall. With games against Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and Idaho ahead, the Aggies had better close out strong.

Players who needs to have a big second half – Boise State QB Taylor Tharp
He proved against Nevada he can hang around in shootouts, and overall, he's been a solid replacement for Jared Zabransky. Now is crunch time, and now he'll have to be ready to be involved in more and more high-octane games. He's only thrown two picks in the five wins, and when he had a lousy day, throwing three interceptions against Washington, the Broncos lost. If he plays like he did in the wins over the first half of the year, Boise State will win the WAC.    

Best remaining conference game – Boise State at Hawaii, Nov. 23
The WAC finale, this might be for a BCS spot. While this will be the game everyone is pointing to, Fresno State will have its say in a few high-profile games, and Nevada isn't just going to roll over for Hawaii on November 16th.

Team Mid-Season MVPs & Predictions  
Boise State – OT Ryan Clady & RB Ian Johnson
predicted wins: at Louisiana Tech, at Fresno State, San Jose State, at Utah State, Idaho, at Hawaii
predicted losses: none
predicted record: 11-1

Fresno State – TE Bear Pascoe
predicted wins: San Jose State, Utah State, at New Mexico State
predicted losses: Boise State, at Hawaii, Kansas State
predicted record: 7-5

Hawaii – QB Colt Brennan
predicted wins: New Mexico State, Fresno State, Washington
predicted losses: at Nevada, Boise State
predicted record: 10-2

Idaho – RB Deonte Jackson
predicted wins: Louisiana Tech, Utah State
predicted losses: at New Mexico State, at Nevada, at Boise State
predicted record: 3-9

Louisiana Tech  - S Antonio Baker
predicted wins: at Utah State, San Jose State
predicted losses: Boise State, at Idaho, at LSU, at Nevada
predicted record: 4-8

Nevada – LB Joshua Mauga
predicted wins: at Utah State, Idaho, at New Mexico State, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech
predicted losses: at San Jose State
predicted record: 8-4

New Mexico State – WR Chris Williams
predicted wins: Idaho, Utah State
predicted losses: at Hawaii, Nevada, at San Jose State, Fresno State 
predicted record: 5-8

San Jose State – QB Adam Tafralis
predicted wins: New Mexico State, Nevada
predicted losses: at Fresno State, at Boise State, at Louisiana Tech
predicted record: 5-7

Utah State – WR Kevin Robinson
predicted wins: none
predicted losses: Nevada, at Louisiana Tech, at Fresno State, Boise State, at New Mexico State, at Idaho
predicted record: 0-12