Friday, July 17, 2009
Breaking Down the NCAA Part 4 of 12
Western Athletic Conference Order of Finish
1. Nevada- The WAC is fun and the offense drives this conference. The Wolf Pack run a pistol run based attack led by QB Colin Kaepernick and RB Vai Taua who both rushed for 1,000 yards. It will be hard to dethrone Boise State, and the de facto WAC Championship will take place on Smurf Turf in late November.
2. Boise State-The Broncos have owned the WAC, even winning a BCS Bowl game with trickery over the Sooners and a couple of undefeated seasons to their credit. But in a semi-rebuilding year after losing face of the program RB Ian Johnson this could be a down year for Boise State.
3. Louisiana Tech- They are returning 16 starters who won 9 games and a Bowl last year. The Bulldogs have perhaps the best defense in a defense challenged conference. The most east team of the league gets Boise State at home but a brutal non conference schedule.
4. Fresno State- Annual BCS party basher has taken a turn for the worse these last few years. Dynamic Kick Returner AJ Jefferson could be the most potent weapon they have. The defense gave up too many rushing yards and they are starting a new QB for the first time in three years.
5. Hawaii-Long gone are the days of the pass happy warriors. They ran 46% of the time, more than anytime under the June Jones regime. The program is trying to find a new identity and have never had a good enough defense. Sorry Hawaii fans, you may have to wait in a rebuilding season or two.
6. San Jose State- This team will be led by seniors. Many senior will start, including Kyle Reed a pass happy quarterback who will look to throw the Spartans into a bowl game, which they did qualify for this year. This could be a last chance for this team to go anywhere.
7. Utah State-They have a new coach in Gary Andersen and a decent running game. QB Diondre Borel is under sized but can make plays with his feet and arm and RB Robert Turbin is solid. The O-Line returns 4 starters but this team has a long way to bowl eligibility.
8. New Mexico State-This team is going from a typical WAC pass happy attack to a more standard pro style one. 5’8’’ WR Marcus Anderson lead the offense but many starters on offense and defense need to step up for the Aggies need to improve on 2008’s 3-9 record.
9. Idaho-Basement dweller Idaho has struggled to do anything in a long time. They have a decent running game and a veteran QB Nathan Enderle who has good size. The Kibbie Dome will not be welcoming for the Vandals as another tough year looms in Moscow.
Corbitt Gutsy Guarantee: Nevada will win the WAC. Boise State has long run the WAC but losing Ian Johnson could be too much for the Broncos to handle. Nevada’s running attack can keep Boise State on the sideline and make up for the Wolf Pack’s lack of defense.