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Mountain West Football: 3 must-watch games on TV for Week 5

Sep 29, 2018; Laramie, WY, USA; A general view of the Boise State Broncos helmet against the Wyoming Cowboys at Jonah Field War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Despite being one of the last conferences to kick start its season, the Mountain West has been nothing short of electric so far. Nevada and San Jose State are the only undefeated teams. Boise State, San Diego State and Fresno State only have one loss.

Heading into Week 5 of the Mountain West season, the top of the conference will be challenged. Both of the undefeated teams will face a tough one-loss opponent. Week 5 is going to be must-watch football week around the Mountain West conference.

Here are the three must-watch games on TV for the Mountain West.

Mountain West Week 5 must-see games

  • San Diego State at Nevada
  • Time: 3:30 PM EST
  • TV Channel: CBSSN

Nevada struggled against the winless New Mexico Lobos last week. The Wolfpack finished with less time of possession, fewer first downs. Meanwhile, penalties hurt the team. However, a strong third quarter propelled Nevada to a touchdown victory.

Nevada is still a top-notch team. The Wolfpack boast the No. 2 passing offense in the entire nation and have scored less than 30 points once all season.

Nevada will be facing its biggest test all season: San Diego State suffocates opponents. The team is No. 2 in total defense and will be facing the No. 2 passing offense in the nation. Not only is this a battle for the Mountain West, but it will be a battle of one of the best offenses in the nation versus one of the best defenses in the nation.

San Diego State’s lone loss came at the hands of an undefeated San Jose State squad. Outside of that loss, the Aztecs have dominated their opponents. The matchup between these two teams will be must-watch television.

  • San Jose State at Fresno State
  • Time: 7 PM EST
  • TV Channel: CBSSN

One of the most-surprising teams in 2020 is San Jose State. Following a 5-7 2019 campaign, this squad is making waves in the Mountain West. The Spartans are undefeated and will have already faced difficult challenges.

As stated earlier, San Jose State handed the Aztecs their only loss and beat one of the best defenses in the country. San Jose State is extremely solid on both sides of the football and will be faced with another tough test this week.

Fresno State is another surprise team in the Mountain West. The former 4-8 team in 2019 is sitting at 3-1 after stumbling out of the gate losing to Hawaii in Week 1. The Bulldogs have a top-25 offense in the country, and in their past three games have scored over 35 points.

This will be San Jose State’s first road game of the season, and it will be interesting to see if the Spartans can mimic their success on the road. Nevertheless, the matchup between two surprising teams will be a must-watch game.

  • Boise State at Hawaii
  • Time: 11 PM EST
  • TV Channel: CBSSN
Mountain West Week 5
Nov 4, 2017; Boise, ID, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack head coach Jay Norvell walks off the field during the second half versus the Boise State Broncos at Albertsons Stadium. Boise State beats Nevada 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past few seasons, it is a rare sight not seeing Boise State at the top of the conference. However, due to the shortened season, it may stay that way.

The Broncos got humiliated versus BYU a few weeks ago. The Broncos lost 51-17, and even though they didn’t have their two starting quarterbacks, it was a damaging blow for a consistent program.

Despite the loss, Boise State is still the most talented team in the Mountain West. The team has scored over 40 points in three out of four games and will look to dominate a porous Hawaii’s defense.

Hawaii has fallen off after a breakout campaign in 2019. The Rainbow Warriors are 2-2 and remain relevant in the conference. However, compared to 2019, the offense is stagnant, and the team lacks explosiveness.

The team’s quarterback in 2019, Cole McDonald, left for the NFL, and Hawaii seems unable to adjust.

Boise State could dominate Hawaii but watching Boise State play is always must-see TV, and every game going forward for the Broncos will determine the standings in the Mountain West.