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2009 Mountain West Schedule Breakdown
BYU RB Harvey Unga
BYU RB Harvey Unga
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 12, 2009


The Mountain West was one of the big stories of last season with some major upsets. Can Harvey Unga and BYU pull off a shocker over Oklahoma to kick things off? Check out the analysis and breakdown for each Mountain West team's slate.

2009 Mountain West Team Schedule 

- 2009 M-West Composite Schedule & Top Games

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

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

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

 

Air Force Falcons

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 6-6

Non-Conference Schedule: Nicholls State, at Minnesota, at Navy, Army
Summary: The non-conference schedule might be the Mountain West's easiest, even though the Falcons are the honored guest by Minnesota in the opening of the spanking-new TCU Bank stadium. While going to Navy is always tough, that's a truly bad game to deal with. Utah and BYU are both road trips with three away games in the final five. Unfortunately, five of the six road games are against teams that went to a bowl game last year, while TCU is the only bowl team coming to Fort Collins.

Sept. 5 Nicholls State
Sept. 12 at Minnesota
Sept. 19 at New Mexico
Sept. 26 San Diego State
Oct. 3 at Navy
Oct. 10 TCU
Oct. 17 Wyoming
Oct. 24 at Utah
Oct. 31 at Colorado State
Nov. 7 Army
Nov. 14 UNLV
Nov. 21 at BYU
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE


BYU Cougars

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Oklahoma (in Arlington), at Tulane, Florida State, Utah State
Summary: The Cougars will now just how good they really are in the opener with a showdown against Oklahoma in the new Jerry Jones palace in Arlington. While that might be nearly impossible, getting Florida State in Provo will be a tremendous test. While there are three home games in a row after going to Tulane there's a stretch of four road games in five with a week off after the home game against TCU. There won't be too much crying, though, considering the Cougars get the Horned Frogs and Utah at home. There isn't a road game (not counting the neutral-site game, at least in theory, against Oklahoma) against a team that finished last year with a bowl appearance.

Sept. 5 Oklahoma (in Arlington)
Sept. 12 at Tulane
Sept. 19 Florida State
Sept. 26 Colorado State
Oct. 2 Utah State
Oct. 10 at UNLV
Oct. 17 at San Diego State
Oct. 24 TCU
Oct. 31 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 at Wyoming
Nov. 14 at New Mexico
Nov. 21 Air Force
Nov. 28 Utah


Colorado State Rams

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Colorado, Weber State, Nevada, at Idaho
Summary:
Try this for the start to the Mountain West season: At BYU, Utah, and at TCU. Thanks for playing, CSU. However, if the Rams can survive the first half of the season, they could be in for a big year with three of the last five games at home and the only one coming against a bowl team a home date with Air Force. The non-conference schedule has its moments. Colorado, now that it’s healthy, should be much better, but that rarely matters in the season-opening rivalry. Weber State is a win, and the trip to Idaho has to be a win, but playing Nevada at home will be a key battle in the hope for a bowl trip. The Wolf Pack running game will be a great test for the CSU ground game.

Sept. 5 Colorado
Sept. 12 Weber State
Sept. 19 Nevada
Sept. 26 at BYU
Oct. 3 at Idaho
Oct. 10 Utah
Oct. 17 at TCU
Oct. 24 San Diego State
Oct. 31 Air Force
Nov. 7 at UNLV
Nov. 14 OPEN DATE
Nov. 21 at New Mexico
Nov. 27 Wyoming


New Mexico Lobos

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at Texas A&M, Tulsa, New Mexico State, at Texas Tech
Summary: The Lobos have one of the league's toughest non-conference schedules considering the supposed layup will be an in-state rivalry game against New Mexico State. New head coach Mike Locksley has to deal with a trip to Texas A&M right away before getting high-powered Tulsa at home. The conference schedule kicks off relatively early with Air Force coming to Albuquerque, and the easiest games come up early with a week off between the date at Wyoming and games against UNLV and at San Diego State. And then comes the finishing kick with three road games in the final five including trips to Utah and TCU. Getting BYU at home is a plus.

Sept. 5 at Texas A&M
Sept. 12 Tulsa
Sept. 19 Air Force
Sept. 26 New Mexico State
Oct. 3 at Texas Tech
Oct. 10 at Wyoming
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 24 UNLV
Oct. 31 at San Diego State
Nov. 7 at Utah
Nov. 14 BYU
Nov. 21 Colorado State
Nov. 28 at TCU


San Diego State Aztecs

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at UCLA, Southern Utah, at Idaho, New Mexico State
Summary: The Aztecs kick off the Brady Hoke era with an interesting date at UCLA as part of a run of three road games in the first four weeks. Fortunately for Hoke, the rest of the non-conference schedule is a joke with Southern Utah, at Idaho, and New Mexico State to deal with. The Mountain West slate starts out at Air Force, but five of the following six games are at home including showdowns against BYU and TCU, but the season closes out with a thud going to Utah and UNLV.

Sept. 5 at UCLA
Sept. 12 Southern Utah
Sept. 19 at Idaho
Sept. 26 at Air Force
Oct. 3 New Mexico State
Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
Oct. 17 BYU
Oct. 24 at Colorado State
Oct. 31 New Mexico
Nov. 7 TCU
Nov. 14 Wyoming
Nov. 21 at Utah
Nov. 28 at UNLV


TCU Horned Frogs

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at Virginia, Texas State, at Clemson, SMU
Summary: The Horned Frogs start the season a week after everyone else, and then it's game on with a trip to Virginia to kick everything off. A Texas State layup will be a tune-up before a showdown at Clemson that could turn out to be the make-or-break moment early on in TCU's BCS dream. The games alternate between home and on the road, but that might mean it could be had to go on a run. Going to Air Force and BYU will be a problem, but Utah has to come to Fort Worth and getting two of the conference road games against San Diego State and Wyoming is a huge bonus.

Sept. 5 OPEN DATE
Sept. 12 at Virginia
Sept. 19 Texas State
Sept. 26 at Clemson
Oct. 3 SMU
Oct. 10 at Air Force
Oct. 17 Colorado State
Oct. 24 at BYU
Oct. 31 UNLV
Nov. 7 at San Diego State
Nov. 14 Utah
Nov. 21 at Wyoming
Nov. 28 New Mexico


UNLV Rebels

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Sacramento State, Oregon State, Hawaii, at Nevada
Summary:
It’s not a walk in the park for a team like UNLV that needs as many layups as possible. Starting off against Sacramento State is a plus, but getting Oregon State, Nevada and Hawaii in the non-conference schedule could be tough. On the plus side, BYU and Utah have to come to Vegas, but the problem is that those two games come in the middle of October in between four road trips; it could be an ugly mid-season. There’s a rough stretch of three road games in four weeks in the second half of the season before closing out against San Diego State.

Sept. 5 Sacramento State
Sept. 12 Oregon State
Sept. 19 Hawaii
Sept. 26 at Wyoming
Oct. 3 at Nevada
Oct. 10 BYU
Oct. 17 Utah
Oct. 24 at New Mexico
Oct. 31 at TCU
Nov. 7 Colorado State
Nov. 14 at Air Force
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 San Diego State


Utah Utes

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Utah State, at San Jose State, at Oregon, Louisville
Summary: The defending Sugar Bowl champions are going to have a far, far more difficult run. The in-state battle with Utah State and the trip to San Jose State will be nice ways to ease in to the season, and then comes the fun. The date with the Spartans kicks off a run of four road games in five, with a key week off in the middle and a game against Louisville. A trip to Oregon will show if the Utes were able to reload, while Colorado State will be a tougher-than-it-looks Mountain West opener. There's a reward for the tough start with four home games in five before the season-ending battle with BYU. Going on the road to face TCU will be nasty.

Sept. 3 Utah State
Sept. 12 at San Jose State
Sept. 19 at Oregon
Sept. 26 Louisville
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 at Colorado State
Oct. 17 at UNLV
Oct. 24 Air Force
Oct. 31 Wyoming
Nov. 7 New Mexico
Nov. 14 at TCU
Nov. 21 San Diego State
Nov. 28 at BYU


Wyoming Cowboys

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Weber State, Texas, at Colorado, at Florida Atlantic
Summary: The Cowboys will start out the Dave Christensen era with a layup against Weber State before the season kicks in with Texas and at Colorado. Hosting UNLV for an early Mountain West opener will be a good test to see exactly where the program is at. The non-conference date at Florida Atlantic to follow won't be a breeze to kick off a run of three road games in four, but there's a week off before dealing with Utah. BYU and TCU have to come to Laramie, but two of the final three game are on the road at San Diego State and Colorado State with only six days before the regular-season finale.

Sept. 5 Weber State
Sept. 12 Texas
Sept. 19 at Colorado
Sept. 26 UNLV
Oct. 3 at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 10 New Mexico
Oct. 17 at Air Force
Oct. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 31 at Utah
Nov. 7 BYU
Nov. 14 at San Diego State
Nov. 21 TCU
Nov. 27 at Colorado State