COACH TO CURE MD: This weekend over 110 FBS schools will be wearing Coach to Cure MD logo patches on the sidelines in an effort to raise awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy. American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear the patch, asking college football fans to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachToCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME: The Mountain West and Conference USA face each other just once this season in preparation of the tenth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl as UTSA hosts Colorado State in the Alamodome on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT. It is the fewest meetings of conferences pitted to play in the Albuquerque-based bowl game in it’s 10-year history. The MW has won two straight Gildan New Mexico Bowls and both contests (2010 and 2014) against Conference USA.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES TO WATCH FOR: Boise State takes the field for the Mountain West on Friday night for the second straight week. The Broncos, taking on Virginia at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN, are 8-5 against current autonomous 5 programs, dating back to 2010.
On Saturday, two MW institutions take on the country’s elite as San Diego State visits Penn State and Hawai`i travels to No. 22/21 Wisconsin. The Aztecs are just 2-14 against current Big Ten members and haven’t beat an autonomous 5 school on the road since topping Kansas in 1999. The Warriors hope to stop an even longer losing streak as their last road win against a top-25 team came at Washington in 1973. It’s the first season since 1998 that Hawai`i has taken on two nationally ranked teams (No. 1 Ohio State and No. 22/21 Wisconsin). There are two league games slated as New Mexico heads to Wyoming and Fresno State faces San Jose State in the battle for the Valley Trophy. The Lobos have not won a MW opener since 2005 while the Cowboys have won two straight.
For Conference USA, all action is slated for Saturday, including two league games. FIU will play at Louisiana Tech, boasting a 2-0 record in conference openers. It’s the conference home opener for the Bulldogs, who haven’t started 0-2 in league play since 2008. Charlotte hosts its first league home game and its first night game as Florida Atlantic comes to town looking for its first win of the season. Conference USA has four teams (Southern Mississippi, Rice, North Texas and Middle Tennessee) taking on members of autonomous 5 conferences. The Golden Eagles take on Nebraska, searching for their first win in Lincoln since 2004. The Owls take on fifth-ranked Baylor in Waco, where the Bears have the nation’s longest home win streak (17 games). The Mean Green face just their second Big Ten program ever, traveling to undefeated Iowa. Middle Tennessee looks for its first win in its sixth try against the Big Ten, taking on Illinois. For a complete schedule with series notes, see page 1.
RECAPPING WEEK 3: Week 3 started with a win for the Mountain West as Boise State shut out Idaho State and it ended with a win as Hawai`i outlasted UC Davis. The league had a couple of close calls with the Rocky Mountain Showdown (Colorado vs. Colorado State) and South Alabama-San Diego State going to overtime. Air Force put up a fight at fourth-ranked Michigan State, falling by just two touchdowns.
Conference USA garnered three non-conference wins as Marshall took care of Norfolk State, FIU topped North Carolina Central and UTEP bested New Mexico State. In league play, Rice claimed a 14-point win over North Texas on the road while Middle Tennesse trounced Charlotte in the 49ers first-ever C-USA game. Louisiana Tech nearly upset Kansas State in Manhattan before falling in triple overtime. WKU also had a close call against an autonomous 5 member, sufferering a three-point loss to Indiana. Complete C-USA and MW results for week 3 are available in the attached PDF.
NEW MEXICO’S TRUE HEROES: After a highly successful inaugural program in 2014, the State of New Mexico, along with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, is searching for the next round of New Mexico True Heroes - New Mexicans who make their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
The New Mexico True Heroes Program is online now at NewMexico.org/TrueHeroes. The nomination form asks two key questions: “What makes this person a New Mexico True Hero?” and “How have the nominee’s efforts made a difference in his or her community?”
The 2014 New Mexico True Heroes included: John Masterson (Roswell) for his bravery in ceasing a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School, Jan DeMaggio (Albuquerque) for her creation of dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses, Chuck Howe (Angel Fire) for his work in aiding veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Jim Stogsdill (Albuquerque) for the advocacy and protection he and his group provide for children in abusive or intimidating situations.
Nominations remain open through Friday, October 9. A panel of judges from around the state will determine the top ten finalists, and four New Mexico True Heroes will be named this fall. The honorees will take part in a series of community events in their hometowns and get special recognition during the festivities surrounding the 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 19.