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Saturday’s Mountain West football games: Keeton back for Utah State

Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) warms up before facing Air Force in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in at Air Force Academy, Colo.
Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) warms up before facing Air Force in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in at Air Force Academy, Colo. The Associated Press

UNLV at Wyoming, noon, ROOT

The Cowboys will honor eight seniors before the game — the smallest class Craig Bohl has ever had, the coach said. They need a victory to avoid the program’s first one-win season since 1970. The Rebels, who have lost five of six, haven’t won in Laramie since 2003.

BYU at Utah St., 1:30 p.m., CBSSN

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is back in the starting lineup as the Aggies look for their seventh win and a guaranteed bowl spot against their in-state rivals. Keeton, an injury-plagued sixth-year senior, replaced Kent Myers after he suffered a shoulder injury against Nevada last week. BYU (9-3) has won six of their last seven games and are 3-0 against the Mountain West this season (Boise State, San Jose State and Fresno State). The Cougars, who are headed to a bowl game in Las Vegas or Hawaii regardless of the outcome, lead the all-time series 46-35-3.

Colorado St. at Fresno St., 7 p.m., CBSSN

The Rams have won three in a row to become bowl eligible, thanks in part to their rushing game (774 yards and eight TDs in those three games). Embattled Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said this week: “You need to re-evaluate everything. ... Bottom line as coaches, we’re in a production business and we haven’t produced well enough.”

Air Force at New Mexico, 8:15 p.m., ESPNU

The Falcons have won five in a row (outscoring opponents 192-82) and are headed to the Mountain West title game next week. They could host with a victory over New Mexico. The Lobos, who send off 14 seniors, could be headed to their hometown bowl game.

Nevada at San Diego St., 8:45 p.m., ESPN2

Like Air Force, the red-hot Aztecs have landed a spot in next week’s MW title game. San Diego State has won seven straight and is 7-0 in league play, but could travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., next week based on computer rankings. “I don’t understand any of it, and I don’t care to learn,’’ coach Rocky Long said. This will be the final game at Nevada for offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, a former Hawaii quarterback who is set to become the Rainbow Warriors’ next head coach.

Louisiana-Monroe at Hawaii, 9 p.m.

Last week’s game against San Jose State attracted 11,625 fans to Aloha Stadium, the smallest for a Hawaii home game in 40 years. Louisiana-Monroe has one win and fired its coach this month. A new record-low crowd?

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