Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Oct. 25-26.
Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.
1. No. 15 Fresno State (6-0 overall, 3-0 MW): A top five offense that averages 45.8 points and 555.2 yards per game. The defense is still suspect, but it has allowed 23 touchdowns — the fourth-fewest in the conference. Saturday’s game at San Diego State could be another shootout.
2. Boise State (5-2, 3-1): In control of the Mountain Division, but likely will have to play the rest of the season without senior starting quarterback Joe Southwick (ankle). However, Grant Hedrick can run and the Broncos’ defense is improving.
3. San Diego State (3-3, 2-0): After Fresno State and Boise State it is difficult to find the right order. The Aztecs were off last week and should be amped up to host Fresno State. The Aztecs are still inconsistent at quarterback and defense, but they are capable of being good.
4. Utah State (4-4, 3-1): Life without junior quarterback Chucky Keeton isn’t fun, but the Aggies are moving on. Having the league’s best scoring defense (20 ppg) helps, and there are other good players on offense. This team isn’t as dynamic without Keeton, but still good.
5. San Jose State (3-3, 2-1): The Spartans are getting healthy and seem to be finding their rhythm under new coach Ron Caragher. This is a team on the rise.
6. Colorado State (3-4, 1-1): The Rams looked like conference championship contenders last week in a 52-22 win at Wyoming last week. They’re not that good, but showed they can be a dangerous team when they play like that. Question is can they keep doing it?
7. Wyoming (4-3, 2-1): One of the biggest falls in this week’s rankings. The defense continues to struggle in all facets, and the offense can’t seem to protect quarterback Brett Smith well right now. There is still lots to play for, but last week was a shocker.
8. UNLV (4-3, 2-1): Fresno State snapped the Rebels’ four-game winning streak, which was no surprise. But with ailing running back Tim Cornett, UNLV’s once promising season could be in jeopardy.
9. Nevada (3-4, 2-2): Like the offense, hate the defense. Same story, different week.
10. New Mexico (2-5, 0-3): If the Lobos can’t run the ball, they have not chance. Even then, winning games will be a stretch.
11. Air Force (1-6, 0-5): Dee Dowis may come back and play quarterback for the Falcons this week … it only wishes. Notre Dame comes to the academy Saturday, which will be good at the gate but not for the struggling Falcons.
12. Hawaii (0-6, 0-4): The Rainbow Warriors are close to moving past Air Force, and Saturday’s home game against Colorado State is winnable. The team is getting healthier from a physical standpoint.