Here is my Mountain West football power rankings at the end of the regular season.
- No. 25 Fresno State (9-3 overall, 7-1 MW): Don’t think anyone saw this coming at the start of the season. The Bulldogs were impressive in a home win over Boise State last week. Now they get to go to Boise for the MW Championship Game. Some reward, huh?
2. San Diego State (10-2, 6-2): Ended the season with a four-game winning streak, and was impressive in doing so. Another thing I bet you didn’t expect at the start of the season: the top two teams in the conference being from the West Division.
3. Boise State (9-3, 7-1): The Broncos had their seven-game winning streak snapped at Fresno State, and also appeared to get beat up physically in that game. Still, Boise State won the rugged Mountain Division and showed it was the best team in the division.
4. Colorado State (7-5, 5-3): The Rams wrapped up their regular season Nov. 18, but moves up two spots based on how the rest of the conference fared last week. The talent level on this team is worthy of this high of a ranking, even if the record isn’t.
5. Wyoming (7-5, 5-3): This is somewhat of a high ranking for the Cowboys coming off a 20-17 loss at San Jose State last week. Wyoming definitely isn’t the same team without junior quarterback Josh Allen, but it also wasn’t an offensive juggernaut with him this season, either.
6. Air Force (5-7, 4-4): The Falcons snapped a three-game skid with a back-and-forth game and victory at home over Utah State. That win put them past Utah State in these rankings by the slightest of margins. Did any of you catch that game and check out sophomore quarterback Isaiah Sanders? The guy was a man among boys in that game.
7. Utah State (6-6, 4-4): A disappointing loss at Air Force to end the regular season, but the Aggies played some pretty good football down the stretch.
8. Nevada (3-9, 3-5): The first season with a new coach didn’t go well, but all three of the Wolf Pack’s win were in conference play, and it defeated rival UNLV to keep the Rebels from bowl eligibility. The offense is heading in the right direction, as is this team’s future.
9. UNLV (5-7, 3-5): The Rebels had a few chances to get over the hump this season, but couldn’t quite make it. There’s some nice pieces to build around, but there is still quite a hurdle to get over for the program.
10. Brigham Young (3-4): A little tongue-in-cheek here, but three of the Cougars’ four wins this season came against MW teams that had a combined record of 10-27. Independence hasn’t been kind to BYU, and no one is shedding any tears over it, either. Even if the Cougars were back in the MW, they wouldn’t be very good.
11. New Mexico (3-9, 1-7): From nine wins last season to three in 2017, including losses in its final seven games.
12. Hawaii (3-9, 1-7): I thought the Rainbow Warriors would finish second in the West Division this season. Show’s you how much I know.
13. San Jose State (2-11, 1-7): The Spartans picked up their first win over a FBS foe last week in Wyoming — a team that’s going to a bowl game. Still, not enough to take them out of the cellar of these rankings as their complete body of work, well, needs a lot of work.