Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.
1. Boise State (8-2 overall, 6-0 MW): The Broncos were down big and gave up 35 first-half points at Colorado State, but found a way to rally for an overtime victory in one of the more entertaining games in the country this year. The winning streak is now six, and Boise State is pretty much a lock to be the Mountain Division champs.
2. San Diego State (8-2, 4-2): No game for the Aztecs last week, and its finishes up the regular-season with two home games, starting Saturday against two-win Nevada. One has to wonder what could have been had it not been for back-to-back home losses to Boise State and Fresno State last month.
3. Wyoming (7-3, 5-1): It was a little difficult putting the Cowboys this high after junior quarterback Josh Allen left last week’s Air Force game with some sort of right arm injury. Not knowing Allen’s status moving forward makes the Cowboys a different team, but the defense continues to shine — now with 27 turnovers forced.
4. Fresno State (7-3, 5-1): The Bulldogs keep grinding out wins, in similar fashion to Wyoming. Saturday’s game in Laramie could be interesting. A win and Fresno State is West Division champs.
5. Utah State (5-5, 3-3): Up two spots despite not playing last week. The Aggies played well prior to the bye, and if it beats Hawaii at home Saturday it becomes bowl eligible.
6. Air Force (4-6, 3-3): Two straight losses for the Falcons where they scored a total of 14 points. Turnovers and other miscues are hurting this team down the stretch. Its reward is a trip to Boise State Saturday.
7. Colorado State (6-5, 4-3): The losing streak grew to three after blowing a huge home lead to Boise State. The Rams are way more talented than this ranking, but right now they’re reeling. Their regular season ends Saturday at home against San Jose State. I’d expect Colorado State to take out a lot of frustration on the poor Spartans.
8. UNLV (4-6, 3-3): The Rebels got run over — literally and figuratively — by three-win Brigham Young last week at home. Just when you think this team is turning the corner, it runs into a brick wall.
9. Nevada (2-8, 2-4): A blowout win over San Jose State was expected. The offense has been fun to watch at times, but how will it fare against a stout defense in San Diego State Saturday, not to mention running back Rashaad Penny, who may run for 500 yards by himself.
10. Hawaii (3-7, 1-6): At the start of the season I thought the Rainbow Warriors might be the second-best team in the West Division. Boy, was I wrong.
11. New Mexico (3-7, 1-5): Blown out at Texas A&M last week, which was not a shocker. The losing streak is now five, and one has to wonder if the Lobos will win again this season.
12. San Jose State (1-10, 0-6): Has allowed 111 points over the last two games, 40 or more points seven times and now faces one of the more powerful offenses in the conference in Colorado State.