Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Nov. 8-9.
Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.
1. No. 17 Fresno State (8-0 overall, 5-0 MW): No change at the top, but pressure mounts each week as the Bulldogs are in the hunt for a BCS bowl.
2. San Jose State (5-3, 4-1): The Spartans remain second this week and are riding a four-game winning streak. A home game with San Diego State is huge on Saturday night.
3. Boise State (6-3, 4-1): Still a very good team that is getting used to life without injured starting quarterback Joe Southwick. Its road win at Utah State last month gives the Broncos the edge over the Aggies in the power rankings.
4. Utah State (5-4, 3-1): The Aggies’ defense is the best in the MW that is full of good offenses. They had three interceptions in last week’s blowout win over Hawaii. They also seem to be adjusting to life without injured starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton.
5. San Diego State (4-4, 3-1): The Aztecs play a lot of close games and are capable of beating anyone in the league on a given day. A win at San Jose State Saturday would be its biggest of the season.
6. UNLV (5-4, 3-2): A home loss to San Jose State last week was disappointing. Now the Rebels get Utah State at home. UNLV needs to beat a solid MW team to maintain or stay in the upper half of the power rankings.
7. Colorado State (4-5, 2-2): It is hard to read the Rams this season as it is 2-2 both at home and on the road (0-1 at neutral site). They had a chance for a signature win last week at home against Boise State, but came up short. CSU needs to win at home Saturday against Nevada.
8. Wyoming (4-4, 2-2): The Cowboys hope a shake-up on its defensive coaching staff will improve one of the worst defenses in the conference and nation. Not sure that will help with Fresno State coming to Laramie Saturday night. Maybe the cold weather will slow Fresno down some.
9. Nevada (3-6, 2-4): There is enough talent on the roster for this team to win, but not consistently. The defense really has struggled.
10. Air Force (2-7, 0-5): A 42-28 home win over Army vaulted the Falcons up from the bottom of the rankings last week. They can get another win Friday at New Mexico in a battle of two of the better rushing teams in the nation. This game may only take 90 minutes to play.
11. New Mexico (2-6, 0-4): The Lobos played well on the road last week at San Diego State, but fell a touchdown short. Just not enough talent or depth throughout the roster.
12. Hawaii (0-8, 0-6): A 47-10 loss at Utah State was brutal, and now the Rainbow Warriors have to go what seems like halfway around the world to play at Navy Saturday.