Posts Tagged ‘Pete Thomas’

Colorado State 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 11:03 am

Steve Fairchild has one more year to coax bowl-eligibility out of Pete Thomas and his Rams, before the his seat really starts to scorch.

Colorado State is the most intriguing team in the Mountain West, and, with Louisiana Monroe, is one half of the most intriguing pair of teams on TCU’s schedule.  No team has more apparent– but unrealized– upside than the Rams.  After consecutive 3-9 seasons, Colorado State hopes its dalliance with a freshman-heavy team in 2010 will pay off with wins in 2011.  “I think we have a chance to be a pretty good football team,” Fairchild said. “We’re not there by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s nice offensively having a quarterback and a line that are back, and it’s nice defensively having some guys that have played. There’s some good stuff going on.”

CSU’s fast-rising star at center, Weston Richburg, is one of the good things going on in Fort Collins. (more…)

2010 Mountain West Restrospective: Bottom Feeders

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 11:44 am

In many ways, 2010 was set up to be the Mountain West’s coming-out year.  Its champion had claimed the non-cartel autobid two years running, and its Big Three were bigger and better than ever (BYU’s rebuild notwithstanding).  And then the other feet (yes, that’s plural) began to fall, and suddenly the Mountain West began acquiring a certain wacishness, a “haven’t we seen this somewhere else” look.  Out went Utah, in came Boise.  BYU tried to upstage its rival, first by trying to blow up the Mountain West, then fleeing it.  Somehow Nevada and Fresno State were suddenly sitting at the MWC table, and the WAC was feverishly trying to douse the fuse.  

So by the time kickoff finally came around, the Mountain West no longer looked at 2010 as its coming-out party.  The cartel had, again, won.  Peeling off Utah and BYU, the cartel outflanked the MWC’s challenge to widen access to lucrative BCS money and bowls by an entire conference.  A couple top teams?  Sure, there’s wiggle room for that change; but an entire conference?  Not a chance.  Boise State and TCU were left dangling in the breeze, their conference still safely outside the cartel.  TCU won ascendence into the cartel later, but only after the threat of a seventh conference claiming a seat at the cartel’s table by right had fizzled.  (more…)