MW football power rankings

Here are my power rankings for Mountain West football teams entering this week’s games.

1. Fresno State (5-1, 2-0): I said last week this may be the most complete team in the MW, and that was reinforced with a convincing home win over a struggling Wyoming squad.   

2. San Diego State (5-1, 2-0): The Aztecs are a close second behind the Bulldogs. San Diego State is getting things done with a plethora of injuries. Really like watching this team play defense.

3. Utah State (5-1, 2-0): The Aggies have scored 40 or more points in a school-record five straight games. They have offensive weapons all over the place, and a defense that quietly gets it done. This is a fun team to watch.

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Wyoming at Fresno St. – pregame reading

Some notes and quotes leading up to Saturday’s football game between Wyoming and Fresno State. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. MT from Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California. The game is televised on ESPNU.

Brent Vigen

— “We need to protect better, and and that’s situational. Our third down production is killing us. We are below 30 percent and we need to be plus-40. Each game is different on how teams play us defensively. Getting open is part of it. The passing game is an 11-man deal. Ultimately, the quarterback being able to connect with (the receivers) and has enough time are key. We as coaches have to find the most effective ways to do that every given week. That’s what we’re aiming to do and we will take out a new page this week.” — UW associate head coach/offensive coordinator Brent Vigen

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UW sports live chat replay – Oct. 11

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Oct. 11.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Live Blog University of Wyoming sports live chat

MW football power rankings

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

Rocky Long

1. San Diego State (4-1, 1-0): The Aztecs go to Boise State with backups at quarterback, running back and fullback and win. San Diego State may not be the most dynamic offensive team, but coach Rocky Long’s 3-3-5 defense once again proved it is legit.

2. Fresno State (4-1, 1-0): This may be the most complete team in the MW right now. A lot of numbers back that up, but here are two that standout — 15.6 points allowed and 40.2 points scored per game.  

3. Utah State (4-1, 1-0): I wanted to see the Aggies win on the road, and they delivered with a 45-20 win at BYU where the score wasn’t indicative of the beat down they handed the Cougars.

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Wyoming at Hawaii – pregame reading

Some notes and quotes for Wyoming’s football game tonight at Hawaii. Kick off is at 10 p.m. MT (6 p.m. in Honolulu. There is no regular TV coverage for us not in Hawaii. You can watch the game on a phone or tablet using the Stadium app, which is a free download. Here is a link in how to do that — if you haven’t already.

http://themw.com/sports/2018/9/5/where-to-watch-hawaii-football-on-spectrum.aspx

Craig Bohl

— “Your time table gets changed. Young people probably adapt better than coaches. You’re dealing with a four-hour time change. Getting players acclimated to a big time change is a challenge.” — fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl

See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for my story on not just the time change, but other challenges UW and other teams face when having to travel to Hawaii to play football.

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UW sports live chat replay – Oct. 4

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

Live Blog University of Wyoming sports live chat

MW football power rankings

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

Bryan Harsin

1. Boise State (3-1 overall, 1-0 MW): This may be the best team coach Bryan Harsin has had with the Broncos, and they showed it last week at Wyoming. However, senior quarterback Brett Rypien (no interceptions this season) will be tested at home Saturday against a stingy San Diego State defense.

2. Fresno State (3-1, 0-0): The Bulldogs are closing the gap with Boise State. Senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion is on a roll, and the defense is playing up to expectations. 

3. San Diego State (3-1, 0-0): There are some teams on the Aztecs’ heels, but despite being down their starting quarterback and running back due to injuries they hold on to the No. 3 spot.

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Wyoming vs. Boise St. pregame reading

Some notes and quotes leading up to the Mountain West opener for Wyoming and Boise State Saturday. Kick off is at 5 p.m. MT at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Craig Bohl

— “They’ve got a good coaching staff that positions their players well. You just don’t see any weaknesses. They’ve balanced an explosive offense with a dynamic defense.” — fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl

— Fans for both teams likely remember the 2016 game in Laramie when UW recorded a fourth-quarter safety for the decisive points in a 30-28 victory. They also remember UW players — mostly defensive end Josiah Hall — doing his “safety dance” in the end zone as the officials decided on the call. Boise State made reference to this in its game notes this week: “Boise State will look to institute a “no-dancing” policy similar to the one in the town of Bomont in the 1984 film “Footloose.”

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MW football power rankings

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

1. Boise State (2-1 overall, 0-0 MW): The Broncos remain at the top despite a bye week. They are No. 25 in the coaches poll and 27th in the AP poll — the highest ranked conference team for what it is worth.

2. Fresno State (2-1, 0-0): Rarely to teams move up having not played a game, but the Bulldogs get bumped up one spot this week. The lone loss to Minnesota was a close one a few weeks ago. A good home test comes Saturday against Toledo.

3. San Diego State (3-1, 0-0): The Aztecs drop one spot from last week after its 23-20 overtime win over Eastern Michigan at home. A young team that is still among the league’s best, but also still trying to find itself a bit.

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