Mountain West Wire

Discussing the latest news in Mountain West football, basketball, recruiting and also some nonsense with Jeremy Mauss, Matt Kenerly, and others from time to time.

Sports News
How did the Mountain West fare in the NFL Draft?
62 min
NFL Draft, college football playoff expansion, ...
70 min
Reviewing Mountain West Transfers; plus relatin...
61 min
NFL Draft talk with Justin Melo
41 min
What is the ceiling of each West Division team?
58 min
Grading the Mountain West basketball coaching h...
48 min
What is the ceiling of each Mountain Division f...
78 min
March Sadness For The Mountain West
64 min
2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: Can San Diego Sta...
60 min
New Mexico finds its coach, UNLV loses a coach
45 min
Final Bracketology update; recapping Mountain W...
48 min
2021 Mountain West basketball tournament preview
60 min
2021 Mountain West Football Schedule Released
58 min
PODCAST: Four-Bid Mountain West Dream Is Over
82 min
2021 March Plaidness Breakdown, Prediction
71 min
Mountain West is making up a whole lot of baske...
70 min
How does initial SP+ rate Mountain West football?
82 min
Opting out of conference tournaments present wi...
72 min
What will Wyoming's offense look like with new ...
58 min
Mountain West Tournament Needs To Get Creative
66 min
New Mexico opting out of the basketball season?
67 min
Clear Top Four In Mountain West Basketball
64 min
Grading Mountain West First-Year Coaches; All-S...
69 min
Utah State, Boise State Are Now At The Top
71 min
Mountain West, American realignment talk
61 min
Boise State or San Diego State: Who Should Be N...
65 min
Big picture look back at the 2020 Mountain West...
56 min
Questions about NET rating; that weird Colorado...
63 min
Arizona Bowl recap, transfers/returns, Boise St...
56 min
San Diego State Should Be Ranked; Boise State I...
59 min
Previewing Arizona Bowl between Ball State and ...
27 min
Early Mountain West bowl recaps; Boise State fo...
47 min
New Mexico, Idaho Potato Bowl Previews
42 min
Mountain West football title game recap; Colleg...
72 min
Will Bryan Harsin and Boise State leave the Mou...
11 min
A Mostly Non-Conference Look Back At Mountain W...
81 min
2020 Mountain West Championship Game Preview
73 min
What type of coach is Utah State getting in Bla...
30 min
2020 Mountain West Football Week 15 Recap
74 min
2020 Mountain West Week 15 Football Preview
87 min
2020 Mountain West Football Week 14 Recap
76 min
2020 Mountain West Football Week 14 Preview
82 min
Week 13 Mountain West Football Recap
82 min
2020 Week 13 Mountain West Football Preview
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Week 12 Mountain West Football Recap
44 min
2020 Mountain West midseason football show
43 min
Week 12 Mountain West Football Preview
78 min
San Diego State, San Jose State basketball prev...
65 min
Week 11 Mountain West Football Recap
61 min
2020 Week 11 Mountain West Football Preview
63 min
Nevada, New Mexico Basketball Preview
38 min
Week 10 Mountain West Football Recap
89 min
Week 10 Preview: Air Force canceled, New Mexico...
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Mountain West football preview: Boise State vs....
63 min
2020 Mountain West Football Week Nine Recap
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2020 Week 9 Mountain West Football Preview
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2020 Week 8 Mountain West Football Recap
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Fresno State, Colorado State Basketball Preview
59 min
2020 Mountain West Football Week 8 Preview AKA ...
96 min
Mountain West Football Projections Part 2
73 min
2020-21 Air Force, Boise State basketball preview
64 min
2020 San Diego State Football Preview
66 min
2020 Fresno State Football Preview
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2020 Fresno State football season. The Bulldogs have a new head coach in Kalen DeBoer but he is no stranger to Fresno State fans as he was the offensive coordinator during the 2018-19 seasons which saw Fresno State go to a pair of Mountain West title games.</p><p>The offense will have a new quarterback which should be better than last year in the race to replace Jorge Renya and it should be an upgrade for whoever gets the job. The running back group is deep with Ronnie Rivers and the return of Jordan Mimms from injury. The wide out group is deep but an emerging star is still up in the air.</p><p>The defense was not up to standards in 2019 and with returning talent like linebacker Justin Rice who is one of the best defenders in the league, and the defense should take a step forward and no longer be near the bottom of the Mountain West but rather improve to at least average, if not better.</p>--- Send in a voice message: this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
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Mountain West Football Projections Part 1
67 min
Air Force routes Navy in opener, schedule release
70 min
2020 Colorado State Football Preview
70 min
GAME PREVIEW: Air Force vs. Navy
33 min
Mountain West Football Is Back!!
53 min
Mountain West Is Leaning To Play Football This ...
49 min
Does it matter if AAC plays football while Moun...
47 min
What we will miss from no Mountain West football
54 min
Figuring out how a college basketball season ca...
College hoops will have plenty of bubbles
69 min
Brandon Huffman discusses the impact of recruit...
How will recruiting be impacted with COVID-19 changing college football this fall
45 min
2020 San Jose State and UNLV team previews
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to take a look at what have been for the UNLV and San Jose State's football season. These were the two teams we did not get to before the Mountain West decided cancel the fall season. We go through each team and what could have been by going through the rosters of each team. A big takeaway was that San Jose State has things going in the right direction and could have caused some noise in 2020. UNLV would under a new head coach has a lot to work on, especially a defense that has given up over 30 points per game for basically forever.</p> <p>We start the show discussing some news with New Mexico which is being sued by the family of Nahje Flowers who took his own life and the lawsuit alleges that head coach Bob Davie overruled doctors that said Flowers should not be playing but was forced to anyways.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
82 min
Who should Mountain West teams root for?
<p>Matt and Jeremy are back to take a look at some comparisons of teams that are similar in style, play and historical for the upcoming season. We run through the teams and do our best to comp Group of 5 and Power 5 teams to get on the bandwagon now. We also go through some news with transfer portal updates and who could go where, plus could the league see seniors pass on their final year if a spring season is not really in their best interest.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
61 min
What will Mountain West football look when it's...
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to discuss the decision that the Mountain West made which was to cancel football in the fall with the plan to push it back in the spring. We dive into why that decision was made. Losing the season is a gut punch even if it was expected by a lot of people. There is a petition to get college football back for the Big Ten but that seems to be short-sighted with the medical evidence we know and a lot we do not know.</p> <p>We also go through many options of how a Mountain West spring football season could be done safely. They include a showcase, monthly games, rivals only and a shortened season of seven games.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
67 min
MAC, Mountain West are sitting out football thi...
<p>Jeremy is joined by James Jimenez of <a href="//">Hustle Belt</a> who covers MAC sports as the assistant site manager and creative director. We go over the reasons behind MAC canceled the football season and if it was the right choice (which is the right move). Health was clearly at the top as to why to not play football from both leagues, plus with actual football not happening yet, we don't know how much COVDI-19 will be transferred once the players get in close contact. We also discuss if there is anyway a spring season can happen safely even without a vaccine for coronavirus.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
67 min
Mountain West announces new football schedule; ...
<p>Jeremy and Matt discuss the new schedule for the upcoming Mountain West football schedule which is an eight-game league slate plus two non-conference games. This allows Air Force to schedule Army and Navy but the league says teams can schedule up to two more games, so there will be some teams that play anywhere between eight and 10 games. Then they discuss if there will even be a college football season with the MAC not playing this fall and UConn also forgoing football this fall.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
42 min
Colorado State football facing myriad of allegi...
<p>Matt and Jeremy are joined by our Colorado State writer Josh Fredlund to discuss the allegations put on the Colorado State. The issues started with COVID-19 protocols allegedly being violated by the coaching staff. That started an investigation but that was not all. There are also allegations of racial issues within the program. There are a lot of players and coaches who back new head coach Steve Addazio so there is something going on in the program. There is a lot to figure out and the school is looking into the football department and the athletic department as this is not all encompassed within the athletic department.&nbsp;</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
45 min
2020 Boise State Football Preview
<p>Matt and Jeremy are back to preview the 2020 Boise State season. As of now, the Broncos have a full 12-game slate so we preview as normal. While this Boise State team does return 11 starts back from both sides of the ball there seems to not be any regression and possibly even an improvement over last year.</p><p>The quarterback spot is one of the deepest in the league with starter Hank Bachmeier returning for his second year and he should take a big step forward, assuming he remains healthy. Running back is deep as well led by George Holani also heading into his sophomore season, the wide receiving group does lose talent but there is talent back. The offensive line and defensive line are the biggest question marks heading into the season. The former while losing four starters had plenty of backups who started in 2019, plus a few transfers who will help shore up that line.</p><p>The defense loses some big names and usually every year there is a name that people aren't really familiar with that step up for a huge season and that should be the case this year.</p><p><br></p>--- Send in a voice message: this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
87 min
2020 Nevada Football Preview
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the Nevada Wolf Pack team. This Nevada squad brings back a lot of its talent from last year and couple that with a strong November and this team could be in contention to win the West Division. The team now has just one quarterback in Carson Strong and he is entrenched as the starter and he did play in 10 games last year. There are other pieces as well that include one of the best WR's in Elijah Cooks, the entire offensive line returns and its two top running backs. That should be a success for a breakout offensive season.</p><p>The defense returns 10 starters and if they can build upon consistency and be about average then that will allow the Wolf Pack to make a bowl game and challenge for a Mountain West title.</p>--- Send in a voice message: this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
69 min
Air Force Loses QB Donald Hammond III
<p>Jeremy and Matt provide a quick update to Air Force football with QB Donald Hammond III <a href="">no longer in good standing</a> and likely will not be with the Falcons team this year. This is a huge loss as Hammond was going to be our first-team quarterback and offensive player of the year, so the Falcons losing him is a big deal for their success in 2020.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
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2020 Air Force Football Preview
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the Air Force football season which is already down one game with the Purdue cancelation. The Falcons do lose a lot of talent, eight total starters, but their offense returns their key players in two of the best offensive lineman around, QB Donald Hammond III, and its top two running backs. The defense will have issues in the secondary with most of those starters gone and as per usual, if the Air Force defense can be just above average in yards per play allowed this team will very much compete for a Mountain West title.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
78 min
What will the Mountain West football schedule l...
<p>Matt and Jeremy are back to talk about the tumultuous upcoming college football season that is looking less and less not normal. The Pac-12 and Big Ten have announced that they are going with only conference games and that hurts the Mountain West by losing 15 games. The two discuss what a Mountain West football season will look like and what the most likely option could be.</p> <p>They also discuss any and all options, including getting in regional games that include BYU.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
57 min
2020 Utah State Football Preview
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2020 Utah State which is a team that has a unique identity for this upcoming year. There is a new quarterback in Henry Colombi, a new starting running back in potential breakout star Jaylen Warren, the defense is brand new and there is a new offensive coordinator in Bodie Reeder who comes over from North Texas.&nbsp;</p> <p>The schedule could be the biggest hurdle for the Aggies team in making a bowl game. They have Washington, Washington State and BYU in non-league play, and in the two cross-division games are San Diego State and Nevada. Looking at games in a vaccum there are a lot of winnable games but the layout of the schedule does not help.</p> <p>There is no key returning defender for the Aggies but there is usually a standout everyone will know, but we just don't have a real good idea who that can be. Also, head coach Gary Andersen is relying on a number of transfers to fill the defensive holes. This season could be wild for Utah State.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
69 min
Trying to predict the college football season
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to take a look at what the upcoming college football season will look like now that athletes are back on campus. With players back for workouts in a small and divided group, there are still people resting positive for COVID-19 and these are non-contact workouts. How can the season go on as planned if non-contact activities cause some COVID-19 positive tests? What goes on when there has to be physical contact to play actual football.</p> <p>There will be an attempt to have a normal season but it will be tough if the virus keeps spreading the season will be shortened, condensed and, who knows, maybe even canceled.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
62 min
2020 Hawaii Football Preview
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the Hawaii Warriors 2020 football team which will, if nothing else, be an exciting team to watch in the Mountain West. They have a new head coach in Todd Graham and also lost a lot of offensive talent in Cole McDonald and the top three wide receivers but there is potential with who is returning and replacing those players. There is the go-go offense which people should look up and get to know and that unique style of play. As for the defense, they just need to take a small step up to help this team overall. The defensive line need more of a pass rush or disruption to help out the entire unit.</p><p>Hawaii has the talent to be a contender in the West Division if things go well and repeat as division champs.&nbsp;</p>--- Send in a voice message: this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
75 min
2020 New Mexico Football Preview
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to preview the 2020 New Mexico Lobos football season. The Lobos have moved on from the Bob Davie-era and made a great hire in Danny Gonzales who is a former Lobo coach and player. This hire was very popular with the Lobos fans as was being able to get back Rocky Long to the staff as he is the defensive coordinator.</p> <p>This team has some potential but with a lot of questions. Quarterback is up in the air but there is a lean toward Tevaka Tuioti who has the most experience and is the only New Mexico signal-caller to complete more than 50 percent of his passes. The top-five pass catchers are back and the running game has a lot of questions but options to tote the ball.</p> <p>The defense has some real issues with players transferring and overall not being that great, specifically in its pass defense. That is where Long and Gonzales come in as defensive coaches to get these players ready. This team likely won't go bowling but they will be an interesting team to watch.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
62 min
2020 Wyoming Football Preview
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Alternate Mountain West Football Schedules
How will 2020s schedule look?
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Who are the biggest players to replace in Mount...
<p>Jeremy and Matt talk about the biggest players who will be missing from each Mountain West football teams. They go through each of the teams to not only explain who the biggest loss would be but who would step up either to replace said player or the next big thing on each and every team. Before they get to that, they discuss name, image, and likeness and how it is a step in the right direction but not quite there. Plus, a few options on what a 2020 college football season would look like.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
72 min
2020 NFL Draft: How did the Mountain West perform?
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to recap the NFL Draft from the Mountain West and where players went. The big name was Utah State's Jordan Love who went to the first round by the Green Bay Packers, and the two discuss how that pick played out and why it was a good and also a bad pick by Green Bay. There were 10 other players drafted this weekend with a few surprises like Boise State's Curtis Weaver falling to the fifth round and Fresno State's Mykal Walker.</p> <p>Then the duo discusses free-agent signings and how there were fewer this year and it likely has to do with the lack of having any rookie mini-camps the week after the draft.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
57 min
2020 NFL Draft Preview: How Many Mountain West ...
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to talk some NFL Draft in regards to the Mountain West. The big question of the draft from a Mountain West perspective is where Utah State quarterback Jordan Love will get drafted. He seems likely to be a first-rounder or not but he in all likelihood will be the first Mountain West player taken. We discuss the best fits for Love and if it is better for him to start right away or take a back seat for at least part of the year or longer.</p> <p>The other players who could be early draft picks come from Boise State in Ezra Cleveland and Curtis Weaver. Other names who could be drafted are Fresno State's Netane Muti, Hawaii's Cole McDonald, San Diego State's Keith Ismael, and maybe a few others. Also, we discuss some sleeper picks and what being an undrafted player means.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
57 min
2020 Mountain West Football Ultimate Road Trip
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to talk some college football for the Mountain West. We first start talking about what a college football season will look like this season. Options we discuss are no season, split season, conference only, or push the season into a spring sport. Also, those making predictions, even like ours, should be taken with a grain of salt as no one really knows how long COVID-19 will be causing issues.</p> <p>The second half of the podcast is more upbeat with the two going through the upcoming schedule and what games they will attend each week. One rule they attempt to have is to make sure to see every Mountain West team.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
55 min
Early Look At 2020 Mountain West Football Schedule
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back at it to take a look ahead to the 2020 Mountain West football schedule and go through what teams have it easy and tough. We go through some fun non-conference games to watch and what league games could decide a division title in the final week of the Mountain West season.</p> <p>They also discuss how COVID-19 could impact college football in either a delayed sense or no football at all which would be a very bad scenario. We discussed comments made by Utah State's Gary Andersen who suggested maybe only conference games could happen if football activities can not resume by June 1. Plus, more on the show including a very bold prediction by Jeremy about Colorado State's start to the season.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
73 min
How much will no spring football hurt Mountain ...
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to talk about how COVID-19 has put an impact on the college sports world, specifically football. Spring football has been canceled for all schools and only Air Force was able to complete all of their practices. A few others got a handful of practices like San Diego State but what we get into is how not having spring practice will impact teams, and especially the teams that have a new head coach. We also go through teams positions that could have used spring football to get better.&nbsp;</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
48 min
2020 Mountain West Tournament Recap
<p>Jeremy and Andrew are back to go over the Mountain West tournament which saw No. 11 Wyoming makes a tournament run and Utah State coming from behind to defeat San Diego State for its second straight tournament title. We go through the games with what surprised us and disappointed us through the games. We chat how UNLV's seasons went in T. J. Otzelberger's first year on the job and how he overachieved a bit.</p> <p>We get into NCAA Tournament seeding with San Diego State and whether they would rather get that No. 1 seed out East or stay close to home as a No. 2 seed. Also, there is some talk about covid-19 possibly changing the dynamic of the NCAA Tournament by playing games with no fans or even condensing the sites.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
61 min
Mountain West Tournament Preview
<p>Jeremy and Andrew are back to preview the 2020 Mountain West tournament which begins this week. The two go through the scenarios in the tournament and they both find a soft spot for Colorado State who could sort of play a spoiler in this event. They also go over the various all-conference awards and wonder what is the deal with San Diego State head coach Brian Dutcher who is complaining a lot for a likely No. 1 seed.</p> <p>Also, all signs point to a two-bid Mountain West tournament, well as long as Utah State doesn't mess things up.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
58 min
Marchxness features the best songs that are act...
<p>Jeremy, Matt and Brandon are here to guide you through the amazingness that his <a href=""></a>. This year the bracket is the best songs that are bad from around 1970-89 and the trio go through their brackets, voting philosophy, and surprises throughout. There are some truly bad songs and artists like an Eddie Murphy song, The Eagles have a "hit" on the list, Billy Joel and a whole lot more.</p> <p>To follow along with this 64-song bracket go to <a href=""></a> and vote each day and listen to the songs you think are so bad that they are good.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
59 min
Spring football preview: Air Force, San Diego S...
<p>Jeremy and Matt are back to take a first look at Mountain West teams as spring football gets going. The three teams they discuss are Air Force, San Diego State, and San Jose State. All three have different issues, strengths, and weaknesses heading into the 2020 season. Air Force has depth issues at quarterback, a brand new set of wide receivers and some defensive concern. San Jose State does return all of its pass catchers but the big change is at quarterback with Josh Love graduating and in comes Arkansas transfer Nick Starkel to take over. San Diego State has a new coach with Rocky Long retiring and Brady Hoke taking over. There is a new quarterback and the running game needs to be worked as last year was the worst in years.</p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>
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