LSU football doesn’t do the Mountain West often
The Mountain West Conference is a Group 5 organization that is well-organized and incredibly stable. San Diego State was recently reminded of such when they attempted resignation and migration to the Pac-12.
Air Force Falcons: LSU football will play Army for only the 2nd time in history this season. However, the Tigers have never played the service academy in the mountains. Air Force doesn’t play many Power 5 opponents. Their last non-bowl game P5 contest was against Colorado in August 2019.
Boise State Broncos: Boise is arguably the best football program among all Group 5 conferences. The Broncos always stirred debates regarding Group 5 legitimacy in the Bowl Championship Series days. However, Boise has never locked horns with LSU football which is sad because it would be fun to see the purple and gold storm the famous blue turf in Idaho.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Hawaii was a fun team to follow for many years under June Jones’ tenure. However, things have fallen off for the Rainbow Warriors as of late. UH hired former quarterback Timmy Chang to take over the program before the 2022 season. Chang’s squad was 3-10 last year.
Nevada Wolf Pack: The Wolf Pack were abysmal last season, their first under head coach Ken Wilson. Nevada finished 2-10 and winless in Mountain West play. However, the Pack recently enjoyed four-straight winning seasons (2018-21) and bowl game appearances under Jay Norvell.
UNLV Rebels: Believe it or not, the other FBS program in Nevada has also never played LSU football. UNLV’s program is relatively young, having started in 1968 and making the jump to the FBS in 1976. However, FBS has not been kind to UNLV. They have only appeared in 5 FBS bowl games; their last was in 2014.
San Diego State Aztecs: San Diego State recently made headlines when reports indicated the university intended to withdraw from the MWC. The move would, in turn, open the door for Pac-12 membership. However, a $17 million early exit fee will keep the Aztecs in place. As for their football program, former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has led San Diego State to back-to-back winning seasons and bowl appearances.