Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.
1. San Diego State (4-1, 1-0): The Aztecs go to Boise State with backups at quarterback, running back and fullback and win. San Diego State may not be the most dynamic offensive team, but coach Rocky Long’s 3-3-5 defense once again proved it is legit.
2. Fresno State (4-1, 1-0): This may be the most complete team in the MW right now. A lot of numbers back that up, but here are two that standout — 15.6 points allowed and 40.2 points scored per game.
3. Utah State (4-1, 1-0): I wanted to see the Aggies win on the road, and they delivered with a 45-20 win at BYU where the score wasn’t indicative of the beat down they handed the Cougars.
4. Boise State (3-2 overall, 1-1 MW): Maybe it was the fact the game was played during the day since the Broncos are used to playing home games at night. Whatever the reason, Boise State looked nothing like it did earlier this season in its loss to San Diego State. I don’t think this will be an on-going trend, but last week was very un-Boise State-like.
5. Hawaii (6-1, 3-0): The sign of a good team is finding a way to win through adversity. Without sophomore starting quarterback Cole McDonald, the Rainbow Warriors found a way to beat a struggling Wyoming squad.
6. New Mexico (3-2, 1-0): Just when I was ready to write the Lobos off, they go to UNLV and win 50-14 for its most lopsided MW win in school history.
7. Air Force (2-3, 0-2): Just when I was ready to write the Falcons off, they beat Navy at home 35-7 and may have found a quarterback in sophomore Donald Hammond.
8. Colorado State (2-4, 1-1): The Rams got a much-needed win at winless San Jose State. May not sound like much, but it could be a spark after a rough first five games. The fact Colorado State allowed 30 third-quarter points to San Jose State wasn’t great, but hey, you have to start some where.
9. Nevada (3-3, 1-1): The Wolf Pack hung in there without senior starting quarterback Ty Gangi (leg) in a 21-3 home loss to Fresno State. The good news was the defense played well against a very good offense.
10. UNLV (2-3, 0-1): Sophomore quarterback Armani Rogers is out with a foot injury, but even with a backup quarterback I am still amazed that the Rebels got smoked at home by New Mexico. Like a lot of teams in the MW, it is hard to figure out UNLV.
11. Wyoming (2-4, 0-2): The good news is the defense is starting to play like it was expected to this season. The bad news is other than senior running back Nico Evans, the offense awful. Until that improves, it is going to be a hard road for the Cowboys.
12. San Jose State (0-5, 0-2): The Spartans have showed some life the last two games despite coming up short on the scoreboard, but not enough to get them out of the cellar of these power rankings.
This week’s games
Predicted winners bolded
All times MT
Air Force at San Diego State, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Army vs. San Jose State (in Santa Clara), 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
New Mexico at Colorado State, 2 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)
UNLV at Utah State, 2 p.m. (Facebook)
Hawaii at BYU, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Boise State at Nevada, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Wyoming at Fresno State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Last week: 3-4
For the season: 10-8