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2008 M-West Team Schedule Breakdown
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New Mexico QB Donovan Porterie
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Posted Apr 2, 2008


Check out the analysis and breakdown for each Mountain West team's schedule.

2008 Mountain West Team Schedule 

- 2008 Mountain West Composite Schedule & Top Games

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

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

Air Force
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 8-4
 
It's not that bad. Getting BYU and Utah at home, along with the New Mexico game, gives the Falcons a fighting shot at being in the league title hunt, but closing with a trip to TCU after the date with the Cougars will be tough. There's not a non-conference game that's not winnable facing Southern Utah, at Houston, Navy and at Army. The midseason stretch of three road games in four weeks would normally be tough, but the away dates are at San Diego State, UNLV and Army.

Aug. 30 Southern Utah
Sept. 6 at Wyoming
Sept. 13 at Houston
Sept. 20 Utah
Sept. 27
OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 Navy
Oct. 11 at San Diego State
Oct. 18 at UNLV
Oct. 23 New Mexico
Nov. 1 at Army
Nov. 8 Colorado State
Nov. 15 BYU
Nov. 22 at TCU

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


BYU
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 10-2

It's not necessarily easy, and that's not necessarily a bad thing for a team dreaming big. Really big. If the Cougars want a BCS game, they need the national respect that'll come from winning at Washington and against UCLA. The other two non-conference games against Northern Iowa and at Utah State aren't going to be remotely close. Unfortunately, three of the almost certain Mountain West wins, Wyoming, San Diego State and UNLV, are at home meaning the league away games are killers. At TCU, at Air Force and at Utah should be just tough enough to ruin the dream season.

Aug. 30 Northern Iowa
Sept. 6 at Washington
Sept. 13 UCLA
Sept. 20 Wyoming
Sept. 27
OPEN DATE
Oct. 3 at Utah State
Oct. 11 New Mexico
Oct. 16 at TCU
Oct. 25 UNLV
Nov. 1 at Colorado State
Nov. 8 San Diego State
Nov. 15 at Air Force
Nov. 22 at 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: 3-9
Realistic record: 5-7

Steve Fairchild's first season shouldn't be all that bad as long as his Rams can be decent on the road. TCU and BYU have to come to Fort Collins to off-set road trips to Utah and Air Force. Three road games in a four week span, with the home game against the Cougars, The non-conference schedule is interesting with the always-close opener against Colorado followed up by a tune-up against Sacramento State and an off week before dealing with Houston and a trip to Cal. Closing out at Wyoming will be tougher than it appears.

Aug. 30 Colorado (Denver)
Sept. 6 Sacramento State
Sept. 13
OPEN DATE
Sept. 20 Houston
Sept. 27 at California
Oct. 4 UNLV
Oct. 11 TCU
Oct. 18 at Utah
Oct. 25 at San Diego State
Nov. 1 BYU
Nov. 8 at Air Force
Nov. 15 New Mexico
Nov. 22 at Wyoming

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


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

The schedule is cruel. Too cruel. The opener against TCU will set the tone for the Mountain West season, while home games against Texas A&M and Arizona could build/crush the team's confidence. And then things really kick in with three road trips in four weeks including battles at Tulsa, who led the nation in total offense last year, New Mexico State, who gets almost everyone back on its high-octane offense, and at BYU. If that wasn't a bad enough break, there isn't an off week; the Lobos are going 12 straight weeks with the open date coming at the end. Just to add to the fun, there's a second stretch of three road games in four weeks to close the year.

Aug. 30 TCU
Sept. 6 Texas A&M
Sept. 13 Arizona
Sept. 20 at Tulsa
Sept. 27 at New Mexico State
Oct. 4 Wyoming
Oct. 11 at BYU
Oct. 18 San Diego State
Oct. 23 at Air Force
Nov. 1 Utah
Nov. 8 at UNLV
Nov. 15 at Colorado State
Nov. 22
OPEN DATE

- 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: 4-8

Chuck Long needs a break-through season, and that might be tough to come by with road games at Notre Dame, TCU, New Mexico and BYU. Don't laugh, but the trip to face an improved San Jose State is no layup. There can't be any misses at home against Idaho, Air Force, Colorado State and UNLV, and beating Utah is likely needed to have any hope of a winning record. A stretch of three road games in four weeks over the second half of the year means a hot start is a must.

Aug. 30 Cal Poly
Sept. 6 at Notre Dame
Sept. 13 at San Jose State
Sept. 20
OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Idaho
Oct. 4 at TCU
Oct. 11 Air Force
Oct. 18 at New Mexico
Oct. 25 Colorado State
Nov. 1 at Wyoming
Nov. 8 at BYU
Nov. 15 Utah
Nov. 22 UNLV

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


TCU
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 9-3

It's not too bad, but the Horned Frogs have to be good on the road and can't slip in non-conference play against SMU with the Oklahoma game coming the week after. Winning the season opener at New Mexico is a must and play Utah on the road won't be a picnic and the trip to Colorado State could be a beartrap coming just five days before the showdown against BYU. The other major battle, at Utah, also comes mid-week being played five days after a trip to UNLV. On the plus side, there will be 16 days between the Ute game and the season ender against Air Force. The key will be surviving 11 straight weeks before getting a week off in mid-November. 

Aug. 30 at New Mexico
Sept. 6 Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 13 Stanford
Sept. 20 at SMU
Sept. 27 at Oklahoma
Oct. 4 San Diego State
Oct. 11 at Colorado State
Oct. 16 BYU
Oct. 25 Wyoming
Nov. 1 at UNLV
Nov. 6 at Utah
Nov. 15
OPEN DATE
Nov. 22 Air Force

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


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

The Rebels would probably lose to Utah and BYU anyway, so the games against the two league powerhouses might as well be on the road. That means Air Force, TCU and New Mexico have to come to Vegas. There are only two back-to-back road games and they come early against the Utes and at Arizona State. Winning the opener against Utah State is a must with non-conference games against the Sun Devils, Iowa State and Nevada, but there's no reason the Rebels can't sneak away with two wins outside of league play.

Aug. 30 Utah State
Sept. 6 at Utah
Sept. 13 at Arizona State
Sept. 20 Iowa State
Sept. 27 Nevada
Oct. 4 at Colorado State
Oct. 11
OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 Air Force
Oct. 25 at BYU
Nov. 1 TCU
Nov. 8 New Mexico
Nov. 15 Wyoming
Nov. 22 at San Diego State

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


Utah
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

This should be a good Ute team and it'll get its chance to prove itself in the opener at Michigan, who should be still trying to put the Rich Rodriguez puzzle together. Easing into the Mountain West schedule against UNLV is nice, and TCU and BYU have to come to Salt Lake City. The off-week comes at a perfect time in late October just before the vital finishing kick at New Mexico, TCU, at San Diego State and BYU. The non-conference schedule has yawners against Utah State and Weber State to go along with dates against the Wolverines and Oregon State.

Aug. 30 at Michigan
Sept. 6 UNLV
Sept. 13 at Utah State
Sept. 20 at Air Force
Sept. 27 Weber State
Oct. 2 Oregon State
Oct. 11 at Wyoming
Oct. 18 Colorado State
Oct. 25
OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 at New Mexico
Nov. 8 TCU
Nov. 15 at San Diego State
Nov. 22 BYU

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


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

In a make-or-break year for head coach Joe Glenn, holding serve at home is a must and getting off to a hot start is vital. Beating Ohio and Air Force would be tremendous confidence boosters, but don't look past a North Dakota State team more than good enough to pull off the upset if the Cowboys are looking ahead to the trip to BYU. There have to be at least two home wins against Utah, San Diego State and Colorado State, but the big key will be getting plenty of rest in the mid-October off week. After healing up, UW gets three road games in four weeks, including a trip to Tennessee.

Aug. 30 Ohio
Sept. 6 Air Force
Sept. 13 North Dakota State
Sept. 20 at BYU
Sept. 27 Bowling Green
Oct. 4 at New Mexico
Oct. 11 Utah
Oct. 18
OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 at TCU
Nov. 1 San Diego State
Nov. 8 at Tennessee
Nov. 15 at UNLV
Nov. 22 Colorado State

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