NEW MEXICO’S TRUE HEROES: After two highly successful campaigns in 2014 and 2015, 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?”
Nominations remain open through Friday, September 30. 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 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 17.
A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME: The Mountain West and Conference USA face each other just once this season in preparation of the eleventh annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl as UTSA visits Colorado State on Saturday, September 10 at 2 p.m. MT. These two programs met for the first time last year with CSU grabbing the 33-31 win in the Alamodome. The Roadrunners haven’t won a road nonconference game since Aug. 29, 2014 (vs. Houston) while the Rams have won 11 of their last 15 at home. It is the final home opener for Colorado State at Hughes Stadium. CSU opens its $220 million on-campus stadium in 2017.
This contest matches the fewest meetings of conferences pitted to play in the Albuquerque-based bowl game, set last year. The MW has won both Gildan New Mexico Bowls (2010 and 2014) against Conference USA.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES TO WATCH FOR: Conference USA starts our week on Friday night as FIU hosts Maryland. The Panthers look for their first win against the Terrapins on CBS Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. MT. The league also has a pair of games with the SEC for the second straight week. WKU travels to top-ranked Alabama, looking for its first win in three tries against UA. The Tide have won 14 straight home openers, including all nine under the leadership of Nick Saban. Middle Tennessee makes its first trip to Vanderbilt since 2005, looking to exact revenge on the Commodores for their 17-13 win on the Blue Raiders’ turf last year. Florida Atlantic and UTEP also face Power 5 conference opponents as the Owls take on No. 25/26 Miami (FL) and the Miners battle No. 11/20 Texas.
The Mountain West has six big games slated for Saturday, kicking off with Wyoming at Nebraska, airing on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. MT. All eyes will be on Nevada as the Wolf Pack play at No. 18/21 Notre Dame in front of the Irish’s 250th consecutive sellout crowd and on NBC (1:30 p.m. MT). Four Pac-12 opponents are also on tap as Utah State visits USC, UNLV goes to UCLA, San Diego State hosts California and Boise State welcomes Washington State. After last weekend, the MW is 0-2 against the Pac-12 this season and 42-92 all-time. For a complete schedule with series notes, see page 1.