He's been quiet lately so it's nice to see HP writing again.
The contrarian section was particularly interesting. I was flipping through last year's Phil Steele guide recently, looking at the writeups on the various WAC teams. What stood out was that almost every successful team in that league of late has been unconventional. There's something to be said for being different that can lead to success.
Fresno State rode defense (not traditionally found in the WAC) and a take-all-comers attitude for a few years. Nevada was able to share a league title running its pistol offense. Once it had a talented quarterback Hawaii's system could override its pedestrian talent and make the Warriors a top 25 team. We all know about Boise State.
The WAC teams that have yet to elevate themselves have been the ones who have been conventional: Utah State, San Jose State, Idaho and strangely, Louisiana Tech.
This is why I think New Mexico State may eventually be near the top of the league if Hal Mumme can recruit so much as even a small handful of talented players.