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Mountain West delivers solid, underwhelming showing in Week 2

The Mountain West went 6-4 in non-conference play in Week 2, but didn’t totally repeat the big wins from last week. 

Fresno State would have set a different narrative if Minnesota didn’t win in double overtime, but a pick in the end zone sent the ‘Dogs on a different course. 

Nevada, San Jose State and UNLV joined the Bulldogs in the loss column. Nevada had the worst loss of the group, getting dominated 77-6 against Oregon one week after putting up a strong win against Purdue. 

San Jose State lost to Tulsa 34-16, and UNLV lost to Arkansas State 43-17. 

Boise State moved to 2-0 with a 14-7 win against Marshall, which isn’t as large of a margin as the Broncos would’ve liked, but they’ll take it. 

Hawaii and San Diego State took out Pac-12 opponents – big victories for the Mountain West.

The Warriors beat Oregon State 31-28 to move to 2-0, and the Aztecs also moved to 2-0 after knocking off UCLA 23-14 at the Rose Bowl.

Colorado State and Utah State both took care of FCS opponents. Wyoming beat Texas State 23-15. 

Air Force and New Mexico had byes in Week 2. 

Week 3 has some huge matchups for the conference against five Power 5 schools. 

New Mexico takes on No. 7 Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish are 35-point favorites. Hawaii has the other ranked opponent, No. 23 Washington, and is a 21.5-point underdog. 

Colorado State faces Arkansas, and UNLV will take on Northwestern – both are underdogs, 10- and 20-point underdogs, respectively. 

Air Force rounds out the big games for the conference against Colorado, and oddsmakers give the military academy the best chance to win. Colorado is a mere 3.5-point favorite. 

Wyoming hosts Idaho, Nevada Hosts Weber State and Boise State hosts Portland State. San Diego State travels to New Mexico State. 

Fresno State, Utah State and San Jose State have byes this week.

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.