Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Oct. 19.
Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.
1. No. 17 Fresno State (5-0 overall, 2-0 MW): Still the only MW team that is ranked and undefeated. The Bulldogs lead the league in scoring (47.4 ppg), passing offense (374 ypg), total offense (538 ypg) and pass efficiency (149). The defense gives up a lot, but also leads the conference with 19 quarterback sacks.
2. Boise State (4-2, 2-1): The Broncos could run the table from here on out, and improvement has been shown across the board. It won’t be easy to beat them the rest of the season.
3. Wyoming (4-2, 2-0): The only unbeaten team in league play in the Mountain Division. The tougher games on its schedule remain, but for now the Cowboys are here.
4. San Diego State (3-3, 2-0): Winners of three straight and one of three unbeaten teams in the West Division. If the Aztecs are able to run the ball, they can win. The defense needs to improve.
5. Utah State (3-4, 2-1): Life without junior quarterback Chucky Keeton has not been kind with two straight losses — albeit to good teams such as BYU and Boise State. There are still a lot of good players on this team, but the quarterback situation needs to stabilize.
6. UNLV (4-2, 2-0): We will see just how improved the Rebels are as they play at Fresno State Saturday. They’ve won four straight, and perhaps should be higher in this week’s rankings. Need to see how the Rebels do against better competition.
7. Nevada (3-3, 2-1): Really like the offense (30.5 ppg) but the defense allows a league-worst 38.2 ppg.
8. San Jose State (3-3, 2-1): The Spartans are one of five West Division teams with a winning league record. They are getting better and healthier. A 34-27 win at Colorado State last week was big. This team is on the rise.
9. Colorado State (2-4, 0-1): The Rams could be 4-2 or better, but they give up too many big plays and don’t handle playing with leads well. The home loss to San Jose State was a crusher, but it could get its season going again with a road win at Border War rival Wyoming. There’s enough on the roster for this team to win.
10. New Mexico (2-4, 0-2): A walk-on might play quarterback this week due to injuries. The Lobos have made progress in coach Bob Davie’s second season, but it needs more help at the skilled positions and on defense.
11. Air Force (1-6, 0-5): At least with the government back to work there won’t be a doubt if the Falcons will play each week. Not sure that is good or not as they’ve lost six in a row.
12. Hawaii (0-6, 0-4): Hard to put the lone MW team without a win above anyone else. However, the Rainbow Warriors have been more competitive lately.