Talking up the Lobos



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Bronco Mendenhall and the Cougars were talking to the media this morning--you can hear all of the podium and group interviews by clicking the audio links to the lower right in the "Cougar Cuts" box.

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Bronco says WR Michael Reed will be full-go in practice today and will play Saturday versus New Mexico. He says LB David Nixon (ankle sprain and shin/knee contusion) and DB Scott Johnson (thigh contusion) are probable for Saturday's game, as is WR Spencer Hafoka. LBs Grant Nelson and Terrance Hooks are not expected to be ready this week, but might play at TCU.

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QB Max Hall says he is "excited" to play the Lobos, and says the potential is there "for a big game." He says the offense matches up well with the Lobo defense.

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Bronco says when David Nixon was lying on the turf at Romey Stadium, he (Mendenhall) was considering the prospects of a "team-changing" injury, and that his mind flashed forward to schematic changes he would have needed to make in Nixon's absence. Asked if that meant going to a 4-3, he said it meant he was going "a lot of different directions."

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The "BCS Guru" website has updated Week 6 Standings. Utah is ranked 9th, BYU is ranked 12th, and Boise State is ranked 14th.

Interesting that of the teams in the Guru's Top 15, only Florida has a lower computer number than BYU. Expect that to change once the Gators get deeper into the SEC schedule.

BYU gets the slightest increase from my BCS projection of earlier this morning, since the "Guru" uses a median of 63 non-BCS computer rankings to substitute for the absent Wolfe rating, while I used a median of the five BCS computer rankings available.

According to the "Guru," BYU, LSU, Florida, Kansas and South Florida are the most "overrated" teams in the Top 25--comparing their popular poll results to the BCS standings. All five teams have variances of +3.5 from their average popular poll score to their overall BCS ranking (e.g., BYU's average popular poll rank is 8.5, while the BCS standing is 12). Ball State is the most "underrated" team in the Top 25, with a variance of -9.5. Of teams in the Top 10, Utah is the most "underrated," with a variance of -4.0

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