I wager no person had the state of San Jose within the Mountain West survival pool

Boise State and San Jose State will play for the Mountain West Championship next week.

They are staggered, but after an eight-week series of challenges in the mountain west – as with any conference across the country – they are still more demanding than anything anyone could have come up with for “Survivor”.

Only two of the conference’s 12 teams – Nevada and Hawaii – played all eight games on their schedule, but not without changes to the website.

Two other teams – Air Force and Colorado State – could only play four conference games.

Nine other schools played six games and another seven. That would be New Mexico, which seven weeks after the season opener was canceled due to COVID-19 circumstances, it didn’t play as part of the Lobos program, but rather within the county and state.

For this purpose, the Lobos moved their base of operations to Las Vegas, as no exercises and games were allowed in Albuquerque.

Sam Boyd Stadium, expected to be vacant this season as UNLV moved to Allegiant Stadium, has still hosted more games (four) than almost any other venue.

The state of San Jose came to New Mexico for home games when Santa Clara County stopped sports two weeks ago.

This weekend, Sam Boyd had a rare double headed ball on Friday / Saturday to close the regular season. None of the games involved the rebels.

Colorado State got the worst luck of them all when it saw four out of eight games dropped off the schedule. Only one of them was due to coronavirus issues in the Rams program.

The first CSU competition was canceled due to problems in New Mexico. The last game was canceled due to problems in the state of Utah.

Amazingly, despite what happened that year, the aggies’ problems had nothing to do with COVID-19.

Utah players have opted out in protest at what they perceive as religious discrimination while searches for a new head coach have been found.

The players’ protest arose from comments made by Noelle Cockett, President of the US state of Utah, to interim coach Frank Maile.

“I am devastated that my comments have been interpreted as prejudice to a person’s religious background,” Cockett said in a statement.

Did we mention the coaching hunt came after Aggie’s head coach Gary Andersen, who was hired for a second stint at school just last year, was fired after a 3-0 start that included a 38-7 loss to SDSU ?

The Aztecs left SDCCU Stadium before the start of the season and moved to Carson’s Dignity Health Sports Park, where things went smoothly and with no fans.

SDSU has been one of only 10 teams to have played each in the past seven weeks, although it took some effort to do so. The biggest challenge facing the Aztecs came three weeks ago when the Fresno state canceled due to COVID and SDSU AD John David Wicker sent on a week-long search for an adversary.

SDSU was playing a non-conference game in Colorado, in a game announced on Thanksgiving night, less than 48 hours before kick-off.

All of this to weather a pandemic after a season postponed to spring was revived for a shortened fall run.

Individual and team meetings mainly on Zoom, a platform that was not known to anyone a year ago.

Socially distant practices in summer and autumn.

Test for COVID-19 several times a week with players and coach holding their breath together. Each time they waited to exhale, not only praying for a negative outcome, but also hoping that they would not become involved in the contact tracing because of someone who came up positively.

Was it all worth it?

Ask the Spartans (6-0) who first appeared in the title game of Mountain West at the best start to school since the Spartans 13-0 victory in 1939.

The state of San Jose bounced back from a 20-7 half-time deficit against Nevada, racking up four wolfpack mistakes in the second half on the way to a 30:20 win.

“This team is amazing how they continue to find ways to overcome and fight the battle,” said Brent Brennan, San Jose state head coach, at a post-game press conference.

The state of San Jose has been a conference doormat since joining Mountain West in 2013 and suddenly has something to celebrate.

After 184 yards and a touchdown against Nevada, the Spartans who knocked Tyler Nevens back said, “We’re doing things that other teams have never done before. Our struggles that we went through throughout the season shaped us. “

MW bowl picture

The Mountain West Champion was supposed to face a Pac-12 opponent in the first LA Bowl at SoFi Stadium.

However, the LA Bowl 2020 was canceled on Monday, so the conference champion will be rerouted to the Arizona Bowl, which is New Years Eve.

This is enough time for the champion to prepare for a bowl game.

There are two options for the MW runner-up for bowls with conference facilities – the famous Idaho Potato Bowl (December 22nd) and the New Mexico Bowl (December 24th).

The potato peel is off as it is a three day turnaround time. Nevada (6-2) is expected to receive an invitation to Idaho. A Potato Bowl spokesman said the matchup is expected to be announced on Sunday or Monday.

The New Mexico Bowl is expected to nominate one of its participants within the next two days, though a spokesperson said the Mountain West team won’t be announced until after the conference’s championship game on December 19.

Apparently, given what happened this year, five days is enough time to prepare for a bowl game.

Whether it’s the state of Boise or the state of San Jose making travel arrangements next week, it is important to bear in mind that due to ongoing coronavirus issues in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Bowl will take place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, was relocated.

And so it goes.

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