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2009 WAC Schedule Breakdown
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CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 11, 2009


The WAC will make some major noise in non-conference play with some huge games like Fresno State at Wisconsin, Louisiana Tech at Auburn, and Austin Pettis and Boise State against Oregon. Check out the analysis and breakdown for each WAC team's slate.

2009 WAC Team Schedule 

- 2009 WAC Composite Schedule & Top Games

Boise State | Fresno State | Hawaii | Idaho | Louisiana Tech
Nevada | New Mexico St | San Jose State | Utah State

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

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

 

Boise State Broncos

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Oregon, Miami University, at Bowling Green, UC Davis
Summary: The season will be made or broken in the first three weeks with Oregon to open things up and a trip to Fresno State to open up the WAC schedule. If the Broncos can win those two, it'll be time to think BCS even though there's a run of four road games in five and five in seven. There's a trade-off with the Nevada game at home and the Louisiana Tech battle in Ruston. Talk about your frequent flier mileage, Boise goes to Louisiana Tech two weeks after going to Hawaii, and three weeks after going to Tulsa. On the plus side, the weakest part of the schedule is at the end with Idaho, Utah State and New Mexico State part of the soft finish.

Sept. 3 Oregon
Sept. 12 Miami University
Sept. 18 at Fresno State
Sept. 26 at Bowling Green
Oct. 3 UC Davis
Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at Tulsa
Oct. 24 at Hawaii
Oct. 31 San Jose State
Nov. 6 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 14 Idaho
Nov. 20 at Utah State
Nov. 27 Nevada
Dec. 5 New Mexico State


Fresno State Bulldogs

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

Non-Conference Schedule: UC Davis, at Wisconsin, at Cincinnati, at Illinois
Summary: As always, Fresno State will challenge itself in non-conference play, but this is ridiculous. The Bulldogs have to go on the road to Wisconsin, Cincinnati, and close the season out at Illinois in December. If that wasn't enough, the Boise State showdown is the WAC opener sandwiched between the Badgers and Bearcats in mid-September. At least the Boise State game is at home, as is the Louisiana Tech game in late November. Three of the final four games are on the road for the second painful stretch like that of the season. There are only five home games overall.

Sept. 5 UC Davis
Sept. 12 at Wisconsin
Sept. 18 Boise State
Sept. 26 at Cincinnati
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 at Hawaii
Oct. 17 San Jose State
Oct. 24 at New Mexico State
Oct. 31 Utah State
Nov. 7 at Idaho
Nov. 14 at Nevada
Nov. 21 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE
Dec. 5 at Illinois


Hawaii Warriors

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Central Arkansas, at Washington State, at UNLV, Navy, Wisconsin
Summary: Hawaii being Hawaii, it'll get a slew of the road games out of the way early on with four road games in five. Getting Boise State and Fresno State at home will help, but those are offset by road trips to Louisiana Tech and Nevada. The early road games means there's a slew of home dates to close things out playing four of the final five in Honolulu. Non-conference-wise, Navy and Wisconsin to close things out will be interesting tests against two tough running teams.

Sept. 5 Central Arkansas
Sept. 12 at Washington State
Sept. 19 at UNLV
Sept. 30 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 Fresno State
Oct. 17 at Idaho
Oct. 24 Boise State
Oct. 31 at Nevada
Nov. 7 Utah State
Nov. 14 New Mexico State
Nov. 21 at San Jose State
Nov. 28 Navy
Dec. 5 Wisconsin


Idaho Vandals

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at Washington, San Diego State, at Northern Illinois, Colorado State
Summary: There isn't a sure-thing win on the lot.. Starting off the season at New Mexico State needs to be a must-win to set the tone for the first half of the year. When Colorado State is your toughest non-conference game, there shouldn't be too much to worry about. However, Idaho can't take any game for granted and has to go on the road to face Nevada and Boise State. Closing out with four home games in the final six is as nice a break as the team could ask for.

Sept. 5 at New Mexico State
Sept. 12 at Washington
Sept. 19 San Diego State
Sept. 26 at Northern Illinois
Oct. 3 Colorado State
Oct. 10 at San Jose State
Oct. 17 Hawaii
Oct. 24 at Nevada
Oct. 31 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 7 Fresno State
Nov. 14 at Boise State
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 Utah State
Dec. 5 OPEN DATE


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at Auburn, at Navy, Nicholls State, at LSU
Summary: Auburn still needs a lot of work, so there's a chance the Bulldogs could pull off a massive upset to start the year before dealing with Navy's offense. Three home games in the following four will help, but it's the road date at Nevada that could define the early part of the WAC race. While Boise State has to come to Ruston, the Bulldogs have to go to Fresno State and LSU in back-to-back weeks in mid-November. Going on the road for five games in seven weeks will be tough before the nasty finishing kick starts up.

Sept. 5 at Auburn
Sept. 12 at Navy
Sept. 19 Nicholls State
Sept. 30 Hawaii
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 at Nevada
Oct. 17 New Mexico State
Oct. 24 at Utah State
Oct. 31 at Idaho
Nov. 6 Boise State
Nov. 14 at LSU
Nov. 21 at Fresno State
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE
Dec. 5 San Jose State


Nevada Wolf Pack

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: at Notre Dame, at Colorado State, Missouri, UNLV
Summary: It'll be a fun start with a statement trip to Notre Dame with a tough battle at Colorado State to follow after a week off. Missouri will come to Reno giving the Pack a chance to make some national noise. The game against the Tigers starts a run of five home games in six, with the one road game against Utah State. The piper is paid in November going on the road for three of the final four games including a trip to Boise State to close out the regular season. Getting Fresno State and Louisiana Tech at home will help the WAC title chase.

Sept. 5 at Notre Dame
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 19 at Colorado State
Sept. 25 Missouri
Oct. 3 UNLV
Oct. 9 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 17 at Utah State
Oct. 24 Idaho
Oct. 31 Hawaii
Nov. 8 at San Jose State
Nov. 14 Fresno State
Nov. 21 at New Mexico State
Nov. 28 at Boise State
Dec. 5 OPEN DATE


New Mexico State Aggies

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Prairie View A&M, at New Mexico, San Diego State, at Ohio State
Summary: DeWayne Walker might have a ton of work to do to build up the program, but he'll get a decent start with the first three games at home including two must-wins against Idaho and Prairie View A&M. Getting Utah State at home will be a plus, but forget about a winning record with four of the final five games, and five of the final seven, on the road. The back half is brutal with road games at Louisiana Tech, Ohio State, Hawaii, San Jose State, and Boise State from mid-October on.

Sept. 5 Idaho
Sept. 12 Prairie View A&M
Sept. 19 UTEP
Sept. 26 at New Mexico
Oct. 3 at San Diego State
Oct. 10 Utah State
Oct. 17 at Louisiana tech
Oct. 24 Fresno State
Oct. 31 at Ohio State
Nov. 7 OPEN DATE
Nov. 14 at Hawaii
Nov. 21 Nevada
Nov. 28 at San Jose State
Dec. 5 at Boise State


San Jose State Spartans

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at USC, Utah, at Stanford, Cal Poly
Summary: The Spartans might not have a chance to beat USC in the opener, but Utah could be ripe for the picking with so much rebuilding needing to be done. Don't overlook the game against Cal Poly, who might be missing some key pieces from last year, including the head coach, but it was a FCS playoff team. There isn't a painful stretch of road games, but three of the killer conference games are away from home. The Fresno State and Boise State away games are back-to-back, but there's a week off in between, while the Louisiana Tech battle is the regular season finale. On the plus side, there should be two built-in wins against Idaho and New Mexico State at home, and the Spartans should be able to take care of Hawaii in San Jose.

Sept. 5 at USC
Sept. 12 Utah
Sept. 19 at Stanford
Sept. 26 Cal Poly
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 Idaho
Oct. 17 at Fresno State
Oct. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 31 at Boise State
Nov. 8 Nevada
Nov. 14 at Utah State
Nov. 21 Hawaii
Nov. 28 New Mexico State
Dec. 5 at Louisiana Tech


Utah State Aggies

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 6-6
Barring total disaster worst case record: 1-11
Realistic record: 3-9

Non-Conference Schedule: at Utah, at Texas A&M, Southern Utah, at BYU
Summary: It'll be a tough first year under new head man Gary Andersen with a tough non-conference schedule to kick things off. Andersen gets his old mates at Utah in the opener, and road trips to Texas A&M and BYU won't help. There are four road games in the first five with a home game against Southern Utah the only oasis. Three of the projected best teams in the WAC,  Louisiana Tech, Nevada and Boise State have to come to Logan, but the winnable games (Idaho and New Mexico State) are on the road.

Sept. 3 at Utah
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 19 at Texas A&M
Sept. 26 Southern Utah
Oct. 2 at BYU
Oct. 10 at New Mexico State
Oct. 17 Nevada
Oct. 24 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 31 at Fresno State
Nov. 7 at Hawaii
Nov. 14 San Jose State
Nov. 20 Boise State
Nov. 28 at Idaho
Dec. 5 OPEN DATE