Two teams with productive running attacks, suspect defenses and that won just enough games to become bowl eligible face off when Rice and Air Force take the field at TCU’s renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Owls are in a bowl for the first time since 2008, thanks to a four-game winning streak to finish the regular season.
Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was not a happy man after losing to Air Force on Oct. 13. Christensen believed the Falcons faked an injury and used the timeout to setup their next play, which just happened to be a touchdown.
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun approached Christensen for the post-game handshake, and the Wyoming coach exploded with a tirade against the Falcons' head man.
Christensen questioned Calhoun's integrity and ethics, along with calling him "Mr. Howdy Doody."
Wyoming's Brett Smith looks to challenge Boise State for the Mountain West title.
The Mountain West will have yet another new look in 2012. The ever-changing conference lost TCU — which went 48–7 during its seven-year stay — to the Big 12 and added Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii from the WAC.
Will the Broncos finally get to the BCS Championship Game?
Boise State won its third straight opener over a BCS team, and the Broncos did it in impressive fashion with their 35-21 dismantling of Georgia. Many college football fans and media have questioned Boise’s credentials over the last few seasons when it came to the BCS Championship Game. Could the Broncos handle the attrition of a big-time conference?
With Texas A&M leaving, what teams can expect a call from the Big 12?
By Steven Lassan and Mitch Light
Texas A&M has announced its intentions to apply for membership in another conference, leaving the Big 12 with nine members at the start of the 2012 season. The conference is already looking into adding teams for next season, but the pool of candidates is thin.