Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Nov. 2.
Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.
1. No. 16 Fresno State (7-0 overall, 4-0 MW): Still firmly at the top with one of the nation’s best offenses and an opportunistic defense. The Bulldogs could put up big offensive numbers again Saturday at home against Nevada.
2. San Jose State (4-3, 3-1): The Spartans have won three straight, the second-longest winning streak in the MW. Senior quarterback David Fales is one of the hottest players in the league right now. A game at upstart UNLV Saturday will see if they belong this high.
3. Utah State (4-4, 3-1): One of two teams at 3-1 in the Mountain Division. The Aggies are here based on its defense as it is ranked in the top 22 nationally in both scoring defense (20 ppg) and total defense (345.1 ypg).
4. UNLV (5-3, 3-1): Tied with San Jose State for second in the West Division. If the Rebels belong this high they win at home Saturday against San Jose State. Their next win also gets them bowl eligible.
5. Boise State (5-3, 3-1): This might be a little low for the Broncos, but they need to adapt to a new QB in Grant Hedrick. I don’t expect them to remain this low, unless they lose at Colorado State Saturday.
6. Colorado State (4-4, 2-1): If the Rams are really that improved, they win at home Saturday against Boise State.
7. San Diego State (3-4, 2-1): Was a blocked field goal away from beating Fresno State last week. The Aztecs should bounce back at home Saturday against New Mexico, but will there be a letdown?
8. Wyoming (4-4, 2-2): Will a change in defensive coordinators give the Cowboys the spark it needs on that side of the ball? We will see next week when Fresno State comes to Laramie.
9. Nevada (2-3, 3-5): Like Wyoming it has lost two straight. And like Wyoming, it has a good offense and not much on defense.
10. New Mexico (2-5, 0-3): Good running game, but every where else is a struggle. But teams should not sleep on the Lobos.
11. Hawaii (0-7, 0-5): The Rainbow Warriors jump Air Force because they score more points and allow fewer points than the Falcons.
12. Air Force (1-7, 0-5): Falcons are last in the MW in scoring offense (22.9 ppg) and scoring defense (38.5 ppg).