New Mexico at Nevada5 p.m.
Nevada is coming off a 23-17 home loss to rival UNLV, which was on a nine-game road losing streak, and coach Brian Polian’s plea to his team as it prepares for New Mexico is to bury the past.
“We really can’t let one game or one loss define our season, especially this early in the season,” linebacker Jordan Dobrich said.
The Lobos seek their first three-game winning streak since 2007. Despite the success, coach Bob Davie was asked this week by a reporter when he was going to produce his first signature win. He’s coached 42 games in Albuquerque, and has 14 wins, but none of them have been against teams that finished with a winning record.
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“I think beating New Mexico State four straight years is probably pretty much of a signature ... but I’ll let you guys (the media) all evaluate what signature wins are,’’ he said.
San Jose St. at UNLV7 p.m.
San Jose State’s trip to UNLV could showcase which team is a primary contender, along with San Diego State, to win the West. The two teams finished at the bottom of the West last year, but are showing signs of making a leap after the Spartans demolished Fresno State and UNLV beat Nevada on the road.
Sophomore Kurt Palandech will start for UNLV, becoming the 20th quarterback to start a game in the MW this season. He replaces senior Blake Decker, who separated his non-throwing shoulder in last week’s victory at Nevada. Decker is available in an emergency.
The Rebels have emerged as one of the better defenses in the league. They have intercepted nine passes (tied for seventh in FBS), have returned picks for TDs in back-to-back games, and have allowed only four TDs in the past 10 quarters.
Wyoming at Air Force8:15 p.m., ESPN2
This game is the dud of the week in the Mountain West.
Air Force, which has dropped two games in a row against Wyoming, is on a two-game skid, losing both on the road to undefeated Michigan State and Navy. Air Force has won eight in a row at home, but the Falcons are playing without seven starters because of injuries.
The Cowboys are one of only five FBS teams without a victory. The issues: A young defense, penalties, mistakes and a red-zone offense that is last in the nation (converted on only 10-of-19 opportunities).
One bright spot in wide receiver Tanner Gentry, who leads the Mountain West with 516 receiving yards.
Utah St. at Fresno St.8:30 p.m., CBSSN
Kent Myers’ presence jump-started Utah State’s offense in last week’s 33-18 win over Colorado State. He rushed for 191 yards and one TD, averaging 11.9 yards per carry.
Utah State had averaged 292.3 yards and scored three offensive TDs in its first three games.
Fresno State, which has beaten Utah State in six straight games, is coming off an 89-yard offensive performance in a 21-7 loss at San Diego State. The Bulldogs cranked out 22 yards on 20 plays in the second half.
Fresno State is averaging just 4.38 yards per play, last of 12 in the Mountain West and tied for 125th of 128 in the nation.
San Diego St. at Hawaii10 p.m.
Hawaii coach Norm Chow said he expects QB Max Wittek (knee) to start the homecoming game against San Diego State. He was pulled in the first half of last week’s loss at Boise State.
San Diego State RB D.J. Pumphrey, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Fresno State (left foot), is doubtful. It would seem to be a heavy blow, considering Pumphrey has been one of the most productive backs in SDSU history and the team workhorse this season, and head coach Rocky Long acknowledged as much, saying, “You don’t replace a guy like him; losing him hurts our chances for winning.”