Since the start of the college football season, I’ve been doing weekly Mountain West football power rankings. These run every Saturday in our four-page wrap previewing UW football games in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.
Since we are at the midway point of the season for UW, I will run these power rankings here for those of you who don’t take either newspaper.
Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions each week. Here we go:
1. No. 19 San Diego State 6-0 overall, 2-0 MW): A workman-like 41-10 win at UNLV last week. The Aztecs haven’t been sharp from start to finish the last few games, but continue to get the job done. A home game tonight with Boise State should be a big test. For the Aztecs to keep climbing in the national rankings, it needs to be more consistent from start to finish. However, they remain a solid No. 1 in these rankings.
2. Colorado State (4-2, 2-0): The Rams are closing the gap a little with San Diego State, and were impressive in a 27-14 road win at Utah State last week where they jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead. As of now, Colorado State is by far the best team in the Mountain Division. It plays its first home game since Sept. 9 today against Nevada.
3. Boise State (3-2, 1-0): Brigham Young (1-5) is bad, but for the Broncos to go to Provo and win 24-7 last week was formidable. More importantly, Boise State may have found its running game which will make it more dangerous moving forward. We will see just how good the Broncos are when they play at San Diego State tonight.
4. New Mexico (3-2, 1-1): The Lobos were off last week and slip one spot in these rankings, mostly due to the play of Boise State. A game at much-improved Fresno State tonight all of a sudden looks like a much bigger test than previously anticipated.
5. Wyoming (3-2, 1-0): The Cowboys also are coming off a bye week, and starts five consecutive games against Mountain Division foes today at Utah State. If Wyoming expects to contend for the division title, this is a game it must win. It also needs to show more consistency on offense, and although he hasn’t played poorly this season, junior quarterback Josh Allen must take up a notch or two.
6. Fresno State (3-2, 2-0): One of the biggest jumps of any team in the rankings this week. Perhaps it will be short-lived after back-to-back wins against struggling teams such as Nevada and San Jose State, and with upcoming games with New Mexico and San Diego State, but the Bulldogs are better at this point than many expected — me included.
7. Nevada (1-5, 1-1): From the cellar to near the middle of the pack after a 35-21 home win over Hawaii last week. Not sure if the Wolf Pack will stay here long, but it showed the kind of offensive fire power first-year coach Jay Norvell had hoped for when he took over.
8. Air Force (1-4, 0-2): The losing streak is now four as the Falcons’ furious rally at Navy fell short 48-45 last week. Air Force has allowed 104 points in its last two games. A strong argument can be made the Falcons should be lower in these rankings, but for now I will give them the benefit of the doubt. But a loss at home today against UNLV will send them plummeting to unfamiliar depths.
9. Utah State (3-3, 1-1): An up-and-down season continues for the Aggies after its 27-14 home loss to Colorado State last week. If that pattern continues, Utah State bounces back today at home against Wyoming, but it is hard to gauge how it will respond.
10. UNLV (2-3, 1-1): The Rebels showed they’re still not ready for prime time with their 41-10 home loss to San Diego State last week. In its three losses, UNLV has allowed 43, 54 and 41 points. There’s reason for optimism offensively, but the defense has to get better.
11. Hawaii: (2-4, 0-3): The Rainbow Warriors have dropped like a stone the last couple of weeks. Poor defense and penalties have the team reeling, and its offensive line coach stepped down last week due to philosophical differences over player discipline with coach Nick Rolovich. There certainly appears to be trouble in paradise.
12. San Jose State (1-6, 0-3): My mom always told me if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone — or in this case a team — don’t say anything at all.