Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.
1. Boise State (2-1 overall, 0-0 MW): The Broncos remain at the top despite a bye week. They are No. 25 in the coaches poll and 27th in the AP poll — the highest ranked conference team for what it is worth.
2. Fresno State (2-1, 0-0): Rarely to teams move up having not played a game, but the Bulldogs get bumped up one spot this week. The lone loss to Minnesota was a close one a few weeks ago. A good home test comes Saturday against Toledo.
3. San Diego State (3-1, 0-0): The Aztecs drop one spot from last week after its 23-20 overtime win over Eastern Michigan at home. A young team that is still among the league’s best, but also still trying to find itself a bit.
4. Utah State (3-1, 1-0): Winners of three straight that has scored 175 points during that span. However, all of those wins came at home. For the Aggies to move up among the league’s elite, I need to see a significant road win. Utah State gets its chance Oct. 5 at BYU.
5. Hawaii (4-1, 1-0): The Rainbow Warriors took care of business last week at home against a FCS foe. It is back to conference play Saturday with a scrimmage … I mean a road game at San Jose State.
6. Wyoming (2-2, 0-0): The Cowboys should be as healthy as they’ve been since the start of the season when they host Boise State in the league opener for both squads Saturday. UW needs all of its bullets in its gun if it hopes to win.
7. UNLV (2-2, 0-0): The Rebels are good, and getting better, but took a small step back with a 27-20 loss at Arkansas State last week.
8. New Mexico (2-1, 0-0): After a week off, the Lobos wrap up nonconference play at home against Liberty. Not sure why, but this team might be sneaky-good come league play.
9. Nevada (2-2, 0-0): The Wolf Pack can score points (163) but can’t stop anybody (158 points allowed). For Nevada to become a factor in the West Division, it must play better defense.
10. Air Force (1-2, 0-1): The Falcons rallied but lost at Utah State last week. Air Force has a lot of issues and question marks on both sides of the ball. Hard to say September games are must-wins, but the Falcons need to win at home Saturday against Nevada or the season could spiral out of control.
11. Colorado State (1-4, 0-1): The Rams lost by 26 points at home to FCS foe Illinois State. Fans are getting restless, media covering the team is going crazy. Maybe a bye week will quiet things down in the short term.
12. San Jose State (0-3, 0-0): Maybe conference play will spark the Spartans into playing better football? It is a reach, but positives are hard to find with this team.
Predicted winners bolded
All times MT
Nevada at Air Force, 2 p.m. (ESPN News)
Liberty at New Mexico, 4 p.m.
Hawaii at San Jose State, 5 p.m. (Stadium — online)
Boise State at Wyoming, 5 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Toledo at Fresno State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Last week: 4-2
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