Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Nov. 16.
Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.
1. No. 16 Fresno State (9-0, 6-0): Again, no movement here and it will take a monumental effort for a team to move past the Bulldogs. … or a stunning upset.
2. Boise State (6-3, 4-1): The Broncos hold this spot based on its earlier win over Utah State. The Broncos should run the table the rest of the way.
3. Utah State (6-4, 5-1): What’s most impressive is that the Aggies are 4-0 in the conference on the road. They also have the league’s best defense.
4. San Diego State (5-4, 4-1): A 34-30 win at San Jose State last week vaulted the Aztecs up this week. They also are the closest team in the West Division to beat Fresno State. San Diego State lost in overtime at home, and had a game-winning field goal in regulation blocked.
5. San Jose State (5-4, 4-2): Falling at home to San Diego State was rough, and now the Spartans must rebound at Nevada Saturday — a dangerous offensive team. This game will test the mettle of the Spartans.
6. Colorado State (5-5, 3-2): To become bowl eligible the Rams must win at New Mexico Saturday and beat Air Force at home. They are good enough to do that, but can they get it done?
7. UNLV (5-5, 3-3): The Rebels have lost two straight, and lost a heart-breaker at home last week to Utah State 28-24. UNLV is off this week and can become bowl eligible with a win at Air Force next Thursday or at home the following week against San Diego State.
8. Wyoming (4-5, 2-3): Assuming the Cowboys win at home Nov. 23 against winless Hawaii, they must beat either Boise State or Utah State on the road to become bowl eligible.
9. Nevada (3-7, 2-5): If only its defense could be even average to compliment its offense (sound familiar Wyoming fans?). The Wolf Pack have given up the second-most points in the league (369) and in conference games (242).
10. New Mexico (3-6, 1-4): If the run game is working, New Mexico is dangerous. Still, not much else positive right now with the Lobos.
11. Air Force (2-8, 0-6): Out of the basement for now, despite a 45-37 loss at New Mexico last week. Falcons are off this week.
12. Hawaii (0-9, 0-6): One of a handful of winless teams in the country. Its offense has scored the fewest points in the league (203), and also the fewest in league games (148).
MW picks this week (home team in bold)
Colorado State 40, New Mexico 31
San Diego State 38, Hawaii 23
Boise State 38, Wyoming 14
San Jose State 42, Nevada 38