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2008 WAC Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
Boise State RB Ian Johnson
Boise State RB Ian Johnson
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Posted Mar 30, 2008


Ian Johnson and Boise State have a schedule that could mean a second run to the BCS in three years, while other major contenders, like Fresno State and Hawaii, have it much tougher. Check out all the WAC schedules and breakdowns.

2008 WAC Team Schedule 

- 2008 WAC Composite Schedule & Top Games

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

1. Fresno State
2. Hawaii
3. Utah State
4. Louisiana Tech
5. Idaho
6. Nevada
7. New Mexico State
8. Boise State
9. San Jose State

Boise State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 10-2
 
While Boise State is at the point where it thinks it can play with anyone, the only almost-certain loss is probably at Oregon. Everything else is winnable and there's a nice build up to the trip to Autzen with relative layups against Idaho State and Bowling Green along with a week off. The road trip to Southern Miss will be a battle and WAC away dates against San Jose State and Nevada will be challenging, but overall this isn't that bad. The big key is getting Fresno State at home in the regular-season finale. That could mean everything for the WAC title.

Aug. 30 Idaho State
Sept. 6 OPEN DATE
Sept. 13 Bowling Green
Sept. 20 at Oregon
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 11 at Southern Miss
Oct. 17 Hawaii
Oct. 24 at San Jose State
Nov. 1 at New Mexico State
Nov. 8 Utah State
Nov. 15 at Idaho
Nov. 22 at Nevada
Nov. 28 Fresno State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Fresno State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Fresno State is absolutely good enough to win at UCLA, at Rutgers and at home against Wisconsin, but it won't beat all three and it could certainly start out the year 0-3 going into a road date against Toledo. Will the team have the mental makeup to press on if September is less than scintillating? Of course, a 3-1 start would set the overall expectations sky-high. The league schedule works out well until the end when dates at San Jose State and Boise State could ruin the dream WAC season.

Sept. 1 at Rutgers
Sept. 13 Wisconsin
Sept. 20 at Toledo
Sept. 27 at UCLA
Oct. 4 Hawaii
Oct. 11 Idaho
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 at Utah State
Nov. 1 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 7 Nevada
Nov. 15 New Mexico State
Nov. 21 at San Jose State
Nov. 28 at Boise State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Hawaii
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-8
Realistic record: 7-6

Remember, this isn't the Hawaii of last year. Also remember that Hawaii has one of the best home field advantages in college football and could lose to anyone away from Honolulu. Remember how many close calls there were on the mainland last year against mediocre teams? Forget about the season opener at Florida and the trip to Oregon State will likely be too much to handle. The piper must be paid for last season's schedule with road dates at Fresno State and Boise State which could likely end the WAC title hopes by mid-October, and playing at Utah State and New Mexico State won't be a plus making it three road games in a four-game stretch with the home game a tough one against Nevada. Closing with Washington State and Cincinnati at home will be the equivalent of bowl games.

Aug. 30 at Florida
Sept. 6 Weber State
Sept. 13 at Oregon State
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 San Jose State
Oct. 4 at Fresno State
Oct. 11 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 17 at Boise State
Oct. 25 Nevada
Nov. 1 at Utah State
Nov. 8 at New Mexico State
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE
Nov. 22 Idaho
Nov. 29 Washington State
Dec. 6 Cincinnati
 
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Idaho
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 5-7
Barring total disaster worst case record: 1-11
Realistic record: 3-9

There's not a gimme in the bunch on the FBS slate with the one true winnable game at Utah State. On the plus side, big WAC games against Nevada, San Jose State and Boise State are at home, but road games at Fresno State and Hawaii might be ugly. Outside of the opener at Arizona the non-conference schedule isn't all that bad, but Western Michigan will be good and a trip to San Diego State is a likely loss. Basically, a win over Idaho State early on is a must. Idaho won't go 1-11, but it'll likely be the underdog in all 11 FBS games. Not helping matters is only one off week with the season ending on November 22nd at Hawaii.

Aug. 30 at Arizona
Sept. 6 Idaho State
Sept. 13 Western Michigan
Sept. 20 at Utah State
Sept. 27 at San Diego State
Oct. 4 Nevada
Oct. 11 at Fresno State
Oct. 18 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 25 New Mexico State
Nov. 1 San Jose State
Nov. 8 OPEN DATE
Nov. 15 Boise State
Nov. 22 at Hawaii
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Louisiana Tech
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 6-6

Derek Dooley's second year might not start out too great playing an improved Mississippi State and going to Kansas, and trips to Boise State and Hawaii might mean a 1-4 beginning before things start to ease up. And then the Bulldogs have to take advantage of every home game and beat Idaho, Fresno State, Utah State and Nevada in the second half of the year, and they need to at least split at San Jose State and New Mexico State. Coming up with a winning season is possible, but there can't be any slips.

Aug. 30 Mississippi State
Sept. 9 at Kansas
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 20 SE Louisiana
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 at Boise State
Oct. 11 at Hawaii
Oct. 18 Idaho
Oct. 25 at Army
Nov. 1 Fresno State
Nov. 8 at San Jose State
Nov. 15 Utah State
Nov. 22 at New Mexico State
Nov. 29 Nevada

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Nevada
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

The schedule is just good enough to be in the WAC race until the end, but it's just tough enough to prevent a huge season. It's asking a lot to beat a loaded, as in top-ten ranked loaded, Texas Tech and win a trip to Missouri early on, but everything else is winnable including key WAC road trips to Hawaii and Fresno State. Road games at UNLV, Idaho and Louisiana Tech have to be wins if the Wolf Pack plans to be a strong bowl team, while playing San Jose State and Boise State in back to back November home games will be the key to the season.

Aug. 30 Grambling State
Sept. 6 Texas Tech
Sept. 13 at Missouri
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 at UNLV
Oct. 4 at Idaho
Oct. 11 New Mexico State
Oct. 18 Utah State
Oct. 25 at Hawaii
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 at Fresno State
Nov. 15 San Jose State
Nov. 22 Boise State
Nov. 29 at Louisiana Tech

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


New Mexico State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 3-9
Realistic record: 5-7

The veteran Aggie offense has a puncher's chance of beating anyone on any given day, but the team isn't good enough to beat Nebraska, Nevada and Fresno State on the road. NMSU might win one of those games, but certainly not all three. The other three road games, UTEP, Idaho and Utah State, are all winnable, while getting San Jose State, Boise State, Hawaii and Louisiana Tech at home should make things interesting. If nothing else, the Aggies will likely ruin someone's season, but the schedule might not make for a consistent year. 

Aug. 30 OPEN DATE
Sept. 4 Nicholls State
Sept. 13 at Nebraska
Sept. 20 at UTEP
Sept. 27 New Mexico
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE
Oct. 11 at Nevada
Oct. 18 San Jose State
Oct. 25 at Idaho
Nov. 1 Boise State
Nov. 8 Hawaii
Nov. 15 at Fresno State
Nov. 22 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 29 at Utah State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


San Jose State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 6-6

Alright Spartans, if you want to be real, live WAC players, this is your schedule with Boise State and Fresno State at home. Road trips to Hawaii and Nevada will be tough and there needs to be at least a split of the two, and there can't be home mistakes against Utah State or Louisiana Tech. The non-conference schedule is manageable outside of a trip to Nebraska, but, for good and bad, Stanford and San Diego State will be mentally penciling in the SJSU game as a win. The big problem is the lack of time off. There's a not-that-helpful off-week in the first week of October after the Hawaii trip, and then there's not another open date; the regular season ends with Fresno State on November 21st.

Aug. 30 UC Davis
Sept. 6 at Nebraska
Sept. 13 San Diego State
Sept. 20 at Stanford
Sept. 27 at Hawaii
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE
Oct. 11 Utah State
Oct. 18 at New Mexico State
Oct. 24 Boise State
Nov. 1 at Idaho
Nov. 8 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 15 at Nevada
Nov. 21 Fresno State
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Utah State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 5-7
Barring total disaster worst case record: 1-11
Realistic record: 2-10

As it has been over the last few years, the Aggies won't have any real sure-thing wins. There's not the FCS warm-up the team probably needs starting out at UNLV before almost certain losses at Oregon and against Utah. Then comes the one game that has to be a win: Idaho. Forget about beating BYU or winning at San Jose State and at Nevada, and then it's all about catching someone napping at the right time like Hawaii or New Mexico State. 

Aug. 30 at UNLV
Sept. 6 at Oregon
Sept. 13 Utah
Sept. 20 Idaho
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 3 BYU
Oct. 11 at San Jose State
Oct. 18 at Nevada
Oct. 25 Fresno State
Nov. 1 Hawaii
Nov. 8 at Boise State
Nov. 15 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 New Mexico State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way