UNLV Hits New Low, Loses to Colorado State
As mentioned in this space the other day, the Mountain West is all about the road wins. You figure San Diego State (who lost at Wyoming on Wednesday ... but 76 percent of AOL users picked the Cowboys to win), BYU, Utah and New Mexico will likely hold serve at home. At least BYU will. But now the Runnin' Rebels have put themselves in a bind by having to be perfect down the stretch, at home and on the road.
Coach Lon Kruger can't be too pleased with this. He emptied his bench early in the game when the Rebels fell behind in the opening minutes. He probably should have left them on the bench. UNLV has proven that they can run with the big boys by beating Louisville, but the glow of that win is all but a memory at this point.
Saturday's home date against Wyoming becomes very important. The Cowboys are no pushover, as the Aztecs can attest to. Expect to see some fire from the Rebels on Saturday night. If UNLV can't pull its (expletive) together and beat the Cowboys at home, it might be a long season.
There is a part of me that's torn, because you would like to see the Mountain West become a stronger conference. Meaning that teams like Colorado State would have to start showing improvement. But come on, UNLV can't be losing on the road to Colorado State. It can't happen.
Utah took care of business by beating Air Force. The Runnin' Utes held the Falcons to only 36 points. Utah might be the best team in the conference. At least right now. Though, that seems to change from week to week. The team that is leading the conference right now, might not be around in March. This Mountain West race surely is going to be interesting.