Can't wait to see these things this fall

Originally Published: May 3, 2005
By Ivan Maisel and Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Three Things I Can't Wait To See This Fall In the Mountain West
Ivan Maisel
Pat Forde
1. Simply put, who's in charge? BYU, UNLV and Utah have new coaches, and TCU joins the league. The Utes may have a 13-game winning streak, but so much for them is new. They aren't the prohibitive favorite that USC is in the Pac-10.

2. New Mexico senior DonTrell Moore has the chance to become the sixth rusher in I-A history with four 1,000-yard seasons. That is, if – and this is a big question – the left ACL he injured in the Emerald Bowl cooperates.

3. Wyoming has 19 returning starters, and third-year coach Joe Glenn won national championships at his two previous stops (Div. II Northern Colorado and I-AA Montana). One big key: quarterback Corey Bramlet has to throw more TDs (12 last year) than picks (13).

1. Is Wyoming really as good as we think it will be? Joe Glenn has performed a radical makeover of the Cowboy program in short order. Are they now ready to jump up and win the league title?

2. How far do Urban Meyer's coattails take Kyle Wittingham at Utah and Mike Sanford at UNLV? Meyer's former defensive coordinator (Wittingham) and offensive coordinator (Sanford) rode Utah's undefeated season to their first head-coaching jobs. How will they do in a league with no dominant team?

3. How is New Mexico running back DonTrell Moore's knee? His recovery from injury will be a key to the Lobos' season.

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