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2010 M-West Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown
Utah QB Jordan Wynn
Utah QB Jordan Wynn
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 30, 2010


Which teams have the easiest and the hardest slates? Can Jordan Wynn help Utah to its second undefeated season in three years? Check out the breakdowns and analysis of each Mountain West team's 2010 schedule.


2010 M-West Schedule

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

Mountain West Composite Schedules 2009 | 2008 | 2007
Mountain West Team-By-Team Breakdowns 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- 2010 Mountain West Composite Schedule & Week Rankings 

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

1. BYU
2. Wyoming 
3. Utah
4. UNLV
5. Air Force
6. Colorado St
7. TCU
8. San Diego St    

Air Force


Non-Conference Schedule: Northwestern State, at Oklahoma, Navy, at Army
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: It’s rough early and eases off the gas late. The Falcons have a big test right away with the Mountain West opener coming in week two (after a layup against Northwestern State to start the season) at home against BYU. Follow that up with road trips to Oklahoma and Wyoming, along with the always emotional battle against Navy, and Air Force will likely be ecstatic with a 3-2 start. While there’s a stretch of three road games in four weeks starting in mid-October at San Diego State, the Utah game is at home and the three November dates are at Army, New Mexico, and at UNLV; they’re all winnable.

Sept. 4 Northwestern State
Sept. 11 BYU
Sept. 18 at Oklahoma
Sept. 25 at Wyoming
Oct. 2 Navy
Oct. 9 Colorado State
Oct. 16 at San Diego State
Oct. 23 at TCU
Oct. 30 Utah
Nov. 6 at Army
Nov. 13 New Mexico
Nov. 18 at UNLV

BYU

Non-Conference Schedule: Washington, at Florida State, Nevada, at Utah State
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: It’s a bear both in non-conference play and against the top teams in the Mountain West. The Cougars will be good enough to win most of the tough games in September, but it’s asking a lot to get by a rejuvenated Washington in the opener, a trip to Air Force, a date at Florida State, and a showdown against Nevada without at least one slip up. It’ll take a major upset to blow a layup against the UNLVs and Colorado States of the Mountain West world, but having to go to TCU and Utah (along with a date at Air Force) means this won’t be the year the program finally gets into the BCS.

Sept. 4 Washington
Sept. 11 at Air Force
Sept. 18 at Florida State
Sept. 25 Nevada
Oct. 1 at Utah State
Oct. 9 San Diego State
Oct. 16 at TCU
Oct. 23 Wyoming
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 UNLV
Nov. 13 at Colorado State
Nov. 20 New Mexico
Nov. 27 at Utah

Colorado State

Non-Conference Schedule: Colorado, at Nevada, at Miami Univ., Idaho
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: After the way last season quickly turned into a disaster, nothing can be taken for granted. However, the schedule is good enough to hope for a bowl bid as long as the Rams win the games they’re supposed to. Starting off against Colorado and Nevada won’t be easy, but getting Miami University and a home game against Idaho should help the record before the problems kick in. Beating TCU at home might be a program-changer, but coming away with a win is a stretch. BYU has to come to Fort Collins, too, but going to Air Force and Wyoming are bad breaks and a trip to San Diego State won’t be easy. A hot start is a must considering three of the last five games are on the road.

Sept. 4 Colorado
Sept. 11 at Nevada
Sept. 18 at Miami Univ.
Sept. 25 Idaho
Oct. 2 TCU
Oct. 9 at Air Force
Oct. 16 UNLV
Oct. 23 at Utah
Oct. 30 New Mexico
Nov. 6 at San Diego State
Nov. 13 BYU
Nov. 20 at Wyoming

New Mexico

Non-Conference Schedule: at Oregon, Texas Tech, UTEP, at New Mexico State
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Summary: It’s not going to be pretty early on, but things ease up big-time after the first three weeks. It’ll be a shock if the Lobos aren’t 0-3 after starting out at Oregon and getting Texas Tech and Utah at home, but the next five games are against teams that didn’t go bowling last year. If they can’t take advantage of the nice oasis, it’s uh-oh time in the finishing kick with the last four games against some of the league’s top teams starting out hosting Wyoming before going to Air Force and BYU. If there’s any hope of going to a bowl game, the six wins have to come before the regular season finale against TCU.

Sept. 4 at Oregon
Sept. 11 Texas Tech
Sept. 18 Utah
Sept. 25 at UNLV
Oct. 2 UTEP
Oct. 9 at New Mexico State
Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
Oct. 23 San Diego State
Oct. 30 at Colorado State
Nov. 6 Wyoming
Nov. 13 at Air Force
Nov. 20 at BYU
Nov. 27 TCU

San Diego State

Non-Conference Schedule: Nicholls State, at New Mexico State, at Missouri, Utah State
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: If the Aztecs have any hope of coming up with a big season, they have to rock in September with home games against Nicholls State and Utah State along with a winnable road to New Mexico State. The date at Missouri will likely be a loss, but a 3-1 start wouldn’t be bad. Consider it a major success if SDSU wins one of the three big conference road games at BYU, Wyoming, or TCU, but getting Air Force and Utah at home is a plus. Three of the last four games are at home, and there can’t be misses at home against UNLV and Colorado State.

Sept. 4 Nicholls State
Sept. 11 at New Mexico State
Sept. 18 at Missouri
Sept. 25 Utah State
Oct. 2 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 at BYU
Oct. 16 Air Force
Oct. 23 at New Mexico
Oct. 30 at Wyoming
Nov. 6 Colorado State
Nov. 13 at TCU
Nov. 20 Utah
Nov. 27 UNLV

TCU

Non-Conference Schedule: Oregon State (in Arlington), Tennessee Tech, Baylor, at SMU
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 11-1

Summary: There’s no reason TCU can’t run the table again. There isn’t a killer of a non-conference game, but there are some nice battles with Oregon State to kickoff the season in a supposedly neutral site game in Arlington, and battling Baylor will be a chance to thump a BCS conference team. Out of the five true road games, only a date at SMU (which might as well be a home game) and at Utah are against teams that went bowling. BYU and Air Force come in back-to-back weeks, and the Horned Frogs have to come up with wins in those two home games before dealing with three road games in the final four dates.

Sept. 4 Oregon State (in Arlington)
Sept. 11 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 18 Baylor
Sept. 24 at SMU
Oct. 2 at Colorado State
Oct. 9 Wyoming
Oct. 16 BYU
Oct. 23 Air Force
Oct. 30 at UNLV
Nov. 6 at Utah
Nov. 13 San Diego State
Nov. 20 OPEN DATE
Nov. 27 at New Mexico

UNLV

Non-Conference Schedule: Wisconsin, at Idaho, Nevada, at West Virginia, at Hawaii
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-5
Worst Case Record: 3-10
Likely Finish: 5-8

Summary: The new era of Rebel football has a chance to start out with a seismic bang with Wisconsin coming to town to open the season followed up by a date at Utah. If UNLV can miraculously come up with a split, the season might be a success before getting out of mid-September. Getting non-conference games at Idaho and West Virginia and hosting Nevada means there isn’t a layup in the bunch, and closing out the year with a bowl-like trip to Hawaii isn’t going to be easy. Going on the road to BYU will be an almost certain loss, but that comes in the midst of a nice run of three home games in four weeks.

Sept. 4 Wisconsin
Sept. 11 at Utah
Sept. 18 at Idaho
Sept. 25 New Mexico
Oct. 2 Nevada
Oct. 9 at West Virginia
Oct. 16 at Colorado State
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 TCU
Nov. 6 at BYU
Nov. 13 Wyoming
Nov. 18 Air Force
Nov. 27 at San Diego State
Dec. 4 at Hawaii

Utah

Non-Conference Schedule: Pitt, San Jose State, at Iowa State, at Notre Dame
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 9-3

Summary: When the hardest expected road trip is to either Air Force or Notre Dame, the schedule isn’t all that bad. There are just enough big games in bright lights to put Utah in the national title debate if it can get through unscathed. A statement can be made right away against a Pitt team that’s good enough to win the Big East championship. Two other big non-conference dates at Iowa State and Notre Dame look impressive, but if the Utes are as good as they’re supposed to be, those are winnable. While there are two semi-tough conference trips to Wyoming (which comes at the end of a run of three road games in four weeks) and Air Force, the big boys, TCU and BYU, have to come to Salt Lake City.

Sept. 2 Pitt
Sept. 11 UNLV
Sept. 18 at New Mexico
Sept. 25 San Jose State
Oct. 2 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 at Iowa State
Oct. 16 at Wyoming
Oct. 23 Colorado State
Oct. 30 at Air Force
Nov. 6 TCU
Nov. 13 at Notre Dame
Nov. 20 at San Diego State
Nov. 27 BYU

Wyoming

Non-Conference Schedule: Southern Utah, at Texas, Boise State, at Toledo
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: Wyoming is trying to break through and become one of the big players in the Mountain West, but it’s going to be hard to have the record to show it. Yeah, there’s a light scrimmage against Southern Utah to kick things off, but then come the killers playing two likely preseason top five teams in Texas and Boise State in back-to-back weeks. Coming up with at least a split at home against Air Force and Utah is a must considering the Cowboys have to go on the road to TCU and BYU, while there can’t be many, if any slips in winnable road games against UNLV and New Mexico.

Sept. 4 Southern Utah
Sept. 11 at Texas
Sept. 18 Boise State
Sept. 25 Air Force
Oct. 2 at Toledo
Oct. 9 at TCU
Oct. 16 Utah
Oct. 23 at BYU
Oct. 30 San Diego State
Nov. 6 at New Mexico
Nov. 13 at UNLV
Nov. 20 Colorado State