It seems like the WAC is receiving more national television coverage than ever this year. Already this month, Hawaii has played Texas A&M on ESPN and BYU has played Miami on ESPN, San Diego State on CBS with Saturday's game against Oregon scheduled for ABC.
But that could be it for 1990. There are no more TV games on the schedule.According to Jeff Hurd, the WAC's associate commissioner for conference relations, the WAC gets two appearances per year as part of the CFA (College Football Association) package. That obligation was fulfilled last week when both San Diego State and BYU appeared on CBS.
Saturday's BYU-Oregon game is part of the Pac-10-Big Ten package and has nothing to do with the CFA agreement.
The ESPN deal calls for eight appearances over a two-year period and 16 over four years. The WAC has already had more than 16 appearances in the last three years.
According to Kris Kellam at CBS-Sports, there is a chance BYU or another WAC team could be on national TV before the year is out. Right now the only dates that are filled are: Oct. 6 - Flordia State at Miami; Oct. 20 - Miami at Notre Dame; Nov. 23 - Nebraska at Oklahoma; Dec. 1 - Auburn at Alabama; and Dec. 8 - Army-Navy in Philadelphia.
Kellam said the remaining games are decided upon about a week before. `We take a look at all the records, how the teams are doing and how much interest there is," she said.
The most likely games would seem to be the Nov. 3 BYU at Air Force game and the Nov. 10 BYU at Wyoming game. The latter game would thrill local fans because it will be the only way they can see it on the tube. Wyoming officials refuse to allow that game to be televised in Utah.NO CONFUSION: Wyoming Coach Paul Roach is doing his best to keep his team focused on Utah when it comes to two this week and not on the anticipated showdown with BYU on Nov. 11.
"You can't let something like that distract you, or start looking ahead," Roach told AP. "That's a very painful mistake. I guess the best way to describe it is we don't want to get confused about the 40 miles that separate those two schools (Utah and Brigham Young) over there. We are playing in Salt Lake and it is all Utah."WAC `D' LAST AGAIN: It wouldn't be football season without a WAC team at the bottom of national defensive statistics.
San Diego State has taken over for Utah this year as the worst defensive team in Division I-A. The Aztecs rank No. 106, giving up an average of 509.7 yards per game. BYU isn't far off, ranking 98th with 447 yards allowed per game. UTEP could make a run for it soon, as the Miners are just ahead of BYU in 97th place.
Air Force tops the league with a 293.5-yard average, good for 31st in total defense.POSITIVE STATS: On the other side, WAC teams and players are near the top in several categories of national stats.
BYU ranks No. 1 in passing offense and No. 2 in total offense. In net punting, BYU is No. 1, Wyoming No. 3 and Air Force No. 5. Wyoming ranks No. 7 in turnover margin.
New Mexico's Eric Morgan is No. 2 in receptions per game and No. 3 in receiving yards per game. Wyoming's Sean Fleming is No. 2 in field goals. BYU's Ty Detmer is No. 2 in total offense and No. 3 in passing efficiency.SATURDAY PICKS: Hawaii has another bye this week prior to its big game with Maine, but the rest of the league is in action.
BYU (4-0) at Oregon (2-1), 1:30 p.m. MDT - Everyone figures this will be one of those 55-50 shootouts and it could be. But we'll say . . . BYU 27-24.
Wyoming (4-0) at Utah (2-2), 7 p.m. - From 1973 until 1986, the home team always won this series. But Wyoming broke the string with a 31-8 win in '87 and should do it again . . . Wyoming 27-16.
New Mexico (1-3) at Kansas St. (2-1), 5:30 p.m. - The Lobos nearly knocked off Texas Tech last week. K-State isn't that good . . . New Mexico 24-20.
Colorado State (3-1) at Arkansas (1-1), 6 p.m. - The Rams are having a great year, but will be no match for the Razorbacks, especially in Hog Country . . . Arkansas 34-23.
Air Force (2-2) at San Diego St. (1-2), 7 p.m. - Should be a good matchup. Home field is only reason to go with Aztecs . . . San Diego 31-27.
Sam Houston State (1-2) at UTEP (1-3), 7 p.m. - This one won't be a breather for the Miners, Sam Houston barely lost to Baylor last week . . . UTEP 21-13.