The Nevada Wolfpack ended a pathetic Western Athletic Conference showing in Bowl games with a 42-35 loss to the Maryland Terps in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl. Despite qualifying 5 teams for post season bowl games, the WAC went 1 for 5.
The sole win was the Independence Bowl as the La Tech Bulldogs beat Northern Illinois 17-10. As for the rest of the WAC, lets just say things were drastically unimpressive. The Fresno State Bulldogs started the losing off with a loss to Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl. Boise State followed that loss with a disappointing loss to TCU, in the battle of the BCS snubs aka the Poinsettia Bowl. Then Hawai’i made Charlie Weis and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish feel better about themselves as they were thumped in the Hawai’i Bowl.
So where does this leave the WAC. Well after 2 consecutive years in a BCS Bowl the WAC can stop with the “Who’s Next” commercials and instead just get better. The first step was the firing of New Mexico head man Hal Mumm-Ra. Sure who knows how much better off the Aggies will be, but it makes me feel beeter knowing Hal’s Towels will no longer roaming the sidelines.
Next season there needs to be a zero tolerance for Boise State to rule the WAC like it has for so many years. This may be weird coming from a Bronco Fan, but another team from the WAC needs to run the table and provide Boise State or whomever help in getting to the BCS game.
The WAC desperately needs to earn back respect in 2009 as this season went a long way in proving the WAC just doesn’t belong.
|San Jose State||4-4||6-6|
|New Mexico State||1-7||3-9|