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Mountain West football previews: Utah State visits Air Force

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun brings his team onto the field for a game against Army at Air Force, Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Air Force beat Army 20-3.
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun brings his team onto the field for a game against Army at Air Force, Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Air Force beat Army 20-3. The Associated Press

UTAH ST. AT AIR FORCE NOON, ESPN3

Air Force, like Boise State and New Mexico, controls its fate in the conference. If Boise State beats New Mexico and the Falcons earn their 12th straight home victory with a win over Utah State, then next Friday’s trip to Boise would determine the Mountain Division champion. Air Force follows its games against Utah State and Boise State with a trip to New Mexico, which has won four of six.

Utah State’s quarterback situation remains unchanged, according to coach Matt Wells. Sophomore Kent Myers will start at Air Force, with senior Chuckie Keeton as the backup. Sophomore Damion Hobbs will play, too, when the Aggies use a package of plays designed specifically for his ability to run. All three played in last week’s 14-13 loss at New Mexico.

SAN JOSE ST. AT NEVADA 2 P.M.

Nevada’s Senior Day celebration won’t take long — the Wolf Pack have 12, eighth fewest in FBS. On the field, a lot is on the line for both teams. A win would make Nevada bowl eligible for the 10th time in 11 seasons; it finishes with road games against Utah State and San Diego State.

The Spartans need to win two of their final games at Nevada, at Hawaii and against Boise State to become eligible. The Spartans have one win in the past 11 games vs. Nevada. It gets worse: San Jose State hasn’t won in Reno since 2000.

UNLV AT COLORADO ST. 5 P.M., ROOT

Senior Jasen Oden, the Rams’ leading rusher with 574 yards on 130 carries, sat out at Wyoming with a shoulder injury that he suffered a week earlier against San Diego State. His status for Saturday’s home finale against UNLV has not been announced. Dalyn Dawkins handled a bigger load in Oden’s absence and ran for a career-high 140 yards on a career-most 25 carries at Wyoming. It was just the second 100-yard rushing game of the season for the Rams. … The Rebels, who have three wins in a season for only the fourth time since 2004, have given up 19 sacks, but none in the past two games.

WYOMING AT SAN DIEGO ST., 8:30 P.M., CBSSN

This is a battle of the worst team in the Mountain Division against the best from the West Division. Advantage Aztecs, who have won five in a row. One-win Wyoming has lost three straight, but senior quarterback Cameron Coffman is expected to return after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury.

FRESNO ST. AT HAWAII 9 P.M.

Fresno State is 0-4 on the road this season, losing at Ole Miss, San Jose State, San Diego State and Air Force. The Bulldogs, who also play at BYU next week, have not gone winless on the road since a 5-6 season in 1976. They’re also in danger of the first 10-loss season in program history. Both teams are having quarterback issues. Hawaii has benched Max Wittek in favor of Ikaika Woolsey, while the Bulldogs reopened their competition with Kilton Anderson and Zack Greenlee vying through the week in practice to start at Hawaii.

Copy by Statesman staff, wire services and Mountain West exchange.

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