By Marc Lawrence — The strength of the Mountain West Conference each of the last three years has been its defense. That’s confirmed by the fact that no less than three teams finished both the 2017 and 2018 football seasons ranked in the Top 25 in overall defense: in 2017 it was #11 San Diego State (314.5), #22 Boise State (332.6) and #23 Wyoming (335.2). And 2018 saw #17 Fresno State (321.6), #19 Wyoming (326.2), and #21 San Diego State (334.6) in 2018. It was much the same in 2019 when #5 San Diego State (287.8) and #17 Air Force (319.6) each managed to crack the Top 25. With the leader of the pack, Rocky Long and the Aztecs having parted ways, former SDSU and Michigan head coach Brady Hoke looks to fill his shoes. In our opinion they will be difficult shoes to fill. For a complete preview on each team in the Mountain West Conference for the 2020 football season click here.
L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay switched gears and expressed a growing sense of optimism that training camp and the season will move forward as scheduled, even as the pandemic looms. McVay had previously doubted logistics and the seemingly contradictory guidelines that included social distancing while playing a contact sport saying, “We’re going to social distance, but we play football?” rhetorically in June. “This is really hard for me to understand all this. I don’t get it. I really don’t.” But he’s suddenly singing a different tune these days. “I feel a lot better now, having a little bit more knowledge and understanding of – it’s really about the risk mitigation, keeping our ecosystem clear,” McVay said. He went on to say that education would prove critical in the Rams’ effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as will personal responsibility outside of the training facility.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the PLAYBOOK ADVANTAGE for August: The biggest money earner of the teams in the bubble in Orlando in the NBA playoffs the last 10 years has been the New Orleans Pelicans at 13-6 ATS. The biggest loser of the same group of teams in the NBA playoffs over the same span has been the Portland Trail Blazers at 19-41 ATS.