The 2018 NCAA football bowl season has come and gone, and six Mountain West teams were represented in bowl games this last year. As usual, some of the games proved to be a disappointment while others were definitely worth watching. From first to worst, here’s how I think the bowl games stacked up.
- Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. Arizona State
The Arizona State Sun Devils may not be the best in the PAC-12, but they fought hard for their seven wins and actually matched up pretty evenly with the reigning Mountain West champions, the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs came out on top 31-20; the game was up for grabs until the third quarter when the Bulldogs defense started shutting down the Sun Devils’ offense, allowing only three more points.
- Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Nevada vs. Arkansas State
The best way to describe a game that featured the fourth best team in the Sun Belt (Arkansas) and a team that was hot and cold all season (Nevada) is underwhelming, but it still takes second on the list. The Nevada Wolf Pack won 16-13 in a game that went into overtime. The two quarterbacks combined for five interceptions, but the back and forth battle made it exciting (kind of).
- Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Utah State vs. North Texas
This was probably the most anticipated Mountain West bowl game, but it didn’t nearly live up to the hype. The narrative of two of the top Group of Five quarterbacks, the Utah State Aggies’ Jordan Love, and the North Texas Mean Greens’ Mason Fine, seemed like it would be nothing short of a classic, but Fine only threw for 59 yards. The Aggies blew out the Mean Greens 52-13 thanks to Loves’ 359 yards and four touchdowns.
- SoFi Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors fought hard all season and came out with a positive record, but unfortunately they didn’t have much fight left when they faced the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The Bulldogs toppled the Warriors 31-14. The Bulldogs defense is the strongest part of their team and it showed; the Warriors’ quarterbacks were intercepted three times and sacked nine times.
- DXL Frisco Bowl: San Diego State vs. Ohio
It’s no surprise that the San Diego State Aztecs disappointed in the bowl game after disappointing all season. The Ohio Bobcats routed the Aztecs 27-0. There’s not much to say about this game other than the fact that it was boring (unless you’re a Bobcats fan).
- Servpro First Responders Bowl- Boise State vs. Boston College
If you haven’t heard by now, this game was cancelled and will not be replayed. They only played for nine minutes and 52 seconds because of lightning. And that’s why I’m calling it the worst Mountain West Bowl game of the 2018 season (maybe the worst bowl game ever). It’s a shame that the Broncos and the Eagles season ended like this, but hey, there’s always next season.