Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.
- Boise State (7-2 overall, 5-0 MW): The Broncos keep rolling and have the conference’s longest current winning streak at five. There are not a lot of weaknesses in how this team is playing right now.
2. San Diego State (8-2, 4-2): Ran for a school-record 554 yards last week at San Jose State. The Aztecs look to be back more to the form where it started the season 6-0 and nationally ranked. The team has a bye week, then finishes with two home games. Hard to think this team loses again in the regular season.
3. Wyoming (6-3, 4-1): A memorable win in the snow over Border War rival Colorado State last week. The Cowboys play great defense and usually get just enough offense to win games. The toughness and competitiveness of this team is impressive.
4. Fresno State (6-3, 4-1): It may have been against a 2-8 Brigham Young team, but when the Bulldogs needed to drive down the field and score a touchdown, they did so late in that game. Still not sure if Fresno State is as good as it record indicates, but they’ve been proving people wrong all season.
5. Air Force (4-5, 3-2): It was a historical day for the Falcons last week, but not in a good way. They lost 21-0 at home to Army and was shut out for the first time in 306 games going back to 1992. Air Force had won three in a row prior to that, and the offense was rolling. Air Force faces another stingy defense Saturday at home against Wyoming.
6. Colorado State (6-4, 4-2): This team is way more talented than its record, but after two consecutive losses the Rams are reeling a bit. We should see what they’re made of when Boise State comes to Fort Collins Saturday night.
7. Utah State (5-5, 3-3): The Aggies make a considerable jump this week after a 24-10 win at New Mexico last week. Road wins have been hard to come by for the Aggies, but this season they are 3-0 in league road games.
8. UNLV (4-5, 3-3): Senior quarterback Johnny Stanton has come off the bench and proven to be a spark for the Rebels, who have a good chance of getting bowl eligible. Still one of the more up-and-down teams in the MW, but right now things are looking solid.
9. Hawaii (3-6, 1-5): Had a chance late to possibly tie UNLV and force overtime, but lost by eight. When you get this far down in the rankings, those kind of things often move you up a spot or two.
10. Nevada (1-8, 1-4): A blowout loss at Boise State last week, but that was expected. The Wolf Pack has a long way to go to being good, but more often than not the offense comes to play. At least that is fun to watch.
11. New Mexico (3-6, 1-5): The wheels have fallen off. Seven turnovers at Wyoming Oct. 28 and four more in a home loss to Utah State last week. The losing streak is now four, and New Mexico gets to go to Texas A&M Saturday.
12. San Jose State (1-9, 0-5): A 52-7 home loss to San Diego State solidifies the Spartans’ position at the bottom of these rankings.
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