My Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.
- No. 25 Boise State (9-2 overall, 7-0 MW): The Broncos are Mountain Division champs after they recorded their seventh straight victory — a home win over Air Force. Across the board, Boise State is clicking on all cylinders. It will get to know Fresno State well as it plays there this week in the regular-season finale, and again the following week in the MW Championship Game.
2. Fresno State (8-3, 6-1): Clinched the West Division title with a gritty 13-7 road win at Wyoming last week. The Bulldogs are very good defensively, and underrated on offense. They also are built and coached to be good for quite some time.
3. San Diego State (9-2, 5-2): Senior running back Rashaad Penny is a beat — as a runner and returning punts and kicks. The Aztecs are rolling again after a mid-season slump. Penny should be getting some Heisman Trophy consideration.
4. Wyoming (7-4, 5-2): Still good defensively, but bad on offense. The defense will only carry it so far, and the unknown health status of junior quarterback Josh Allen has the Cowboys on shaky ground.
5. Utah State (6-5, 4-3): Winners of three of the last four games, and now bowl eligible. Coach Matt Wells was believed to have the hottest seat in the league in terms of his job security. A bowl game has never felt so cool to Wells and the Aggies.
6. Colorado State (7-5, 5-3): The Rams halted a three-game losing streak with a home win over one-win San Jose State last week. Now they await their bowl destination. Still, there seems to be disappointment in the air in Fort Collins for how this season has gone.
7. UNLV (5-6, 4-3): The Rebels often don’t make it easy of themselves, but a win at Nevada Saturday and it is going bowling — and not at the local bowling alley.
8. Air Force (4-7, 3-4): A disappointing finish to the season continued with a loss at Boise State. Got to wonder how much the Falcons have left mentally and physically heading into their last game at home against Utah State.
9. Nevada (2-9, 2-5): The Wolf Pack is happy it won’t have to deal with San Diego State’s Penny this week, but just about any player in the conference can have a big game against this defense.
10. Hawaii (3-8, 1-7): A 2-0 start seems so long ago for this team, one of the biggest disappointments in the West Division this season.
11. New Mexico (3-8, 1-6): Two straight bowl games prior to this season, but the way this season has gone down and a pending investigation within his program, is coach Bob Davie now on the hot seat?
12. San Jose State (1-11, 0-7): I’ve poked fun at the Spartans last season, but seeing Wyoming’s struggles offensively this season has to give San Jose State some hope for a home win Saturday.