The non-automatic qualifier rivalry of the last few years is making its home in the Mountain West Conference—but for just this season.
Boise State is a bonafide BCS buster.
When TCU finally busted the BCS, it didn’t get to play a team from one of those elitist BCS conferences. No, the powers that be made it play Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl in 2010.
The Broncos won that game, giving them the edge heading into the 2010 season for which team everyone will think will bust into the BCS.
However, it was TCU that received a bid to the Rose Bowl and defeat Wisconsin in Pasadena.
Now, the pseudo-rivalry comes to the Mountain West for one year, as Boise State makes its jump from the WAC to the MW and TCU prepares to make the leap from non-AQ uncertainty into the fortunes of the Big East.
And as a parting gift, the Mountain West decided to punish the Horned Frogs. Instead of hosting Boise State—which TCU was supposed to do this year—the Horned Frogs travel to the blue turf in what will be the most anticipated Mountain West football game ever.
“I understood why the conference did it,” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte told CBSSports.com. “I’m not happy with it.”
We are. We can’t wait for the Nov. 12 meeting which should be the de facto Mountain West title game.
That is just one of 10 must see games involving Mountain West teams this year. Here’s the run down of the 10 games you have to tune into this season.
TCU at Baylor
Friday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN
It’s a statement game for both programs. TCU wins and it continues to be a legit BCS contender. Baylor wins and it will be looked at as a legit Big 12 contender.
Boise State versus Georgia from Atlanta
Saturday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN
This is Boise State’s biggest test until it plays TCU in November. If the national title hopes are to continue, the Broncos need an emphatic win.
TCU at Air Force
Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. PT on Versus
This will be a test to see if the senior-heavy Air Force side can be a true contender in the Mountain West this year.
San Diego State at Michigan
Saturday, Sept. 24 Time and TV To Be Announced
The Brady Hoke Bowl. This could be SDSU’s biggest nonconference win if it can get it in Ann Arbor.
Air Force at Navy
Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. PT on CBS
Commander-in-Chief Trophy will be in the line.
Air Force at Notre Dame
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m. PT on NBC
Back-to-back national TV appearances for the Falcons. If Air Force is still undefeated at this point and beats the Irish, it might be in play for a BCS spot.
TCU at San Diego State
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 P.M. PT on CBS Sports Network/Ch. 4 San Diego
The first of a two-game, five-day stretch which will determine whether or not San Diego State can repeat its high conference finish from last year.
San Diego State at Air Force
Thursday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. PT on CBS Sports Network/Ch. 4 San Diego
A win here, coupled with a win against TCU, and the Aztecs will be contending for the Mountain West crown.
TCU at Boise State
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. PT on Versus
Already circled as the de facto title game. It’s also the first of a two-game stretch for Boise State that will determine whether or not it wins the conference.
Boise State at San Diego State
Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. PT on CBS Sports Network/Ch. 4 San Diego
If all goes well for the Aztecs and Broncos, then this might be the Mountain West Conference title game.
Also, look for a display of offensive prowess as the top two quarterbacks in the league—SDSU’s Ryan Lindley and Boise State’s Kellen Moore—do battle at Qualcomm Stadium.
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