Here are my Mountain West football power rankings entering this week’s games.
2. No. 18 Utah State (7-1, 4-0): The Aggies’ prolific offense returned by scoring 61 points at home against New Mexico. Utah State’s defense and special teams are often overlooked.
3. Boise State (6-2 overall, 4-1 MW): An impressive road win last week at Air Force. The Broncos have a big two-game stretch coming up with home games against Brigham Young and Fresno State.
4. Nevada (5-4, 3-2): A signature home win over San Diego State last week could result in the Wolf Pack running the table and getting to eight wins.
5. San Diego State (6-2, 3-1): The Aztecs saw their six-game winning streak snapped at Nevada. Sloppy play at times caught up to them in that loss. With some key starters coming back from injury, coach Rocky Long could have some tough decisions to make — especially at quarterback.
6. Wyoming (3-6, 1-4): A big-time jump for the Cowboys after they snapped a four-game losing streak with a convincing road victory over Border War rival Colorado State. True freshman quarterback Sean Chambers has sparked the offense, and the defense is playing well.
7. Air Force (3-5, 1-4): The Falcons scored 38 points on a good Boise State defense last week, but gave up 48 on a lot of big pass plays. Their season comes down to this week and a road game at Army for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
8. Hawaii (6-4, 3-2): The Rainbow Warriors have lost three in a row and have lost their luster after a strong start. This team is still dangerous because of its offense, but defensively is a mess right now.
9. Colorado State (3-6, 2-3): A deflating home loss to Wyoming has the natives restless in Fort Collins. The Rams continue to show they can move the ball and score points, but the defense remains a weakness.
10. New Mexico (3-5, 1-3): The Lobos have lost three straight, and got pounded at Utah State. Now they get an angry San Diego State team, then go to Air Force on a short week and then get Boise State.
11. San Jose State (1-7, 1-3): The Spartans get out of the basement of these power rankings after scoring 50 points and beating UNLV at home. This squad is playing with some confidence.
12. UNLV (2-6, 0-4): The Rebels dropped their fifth straight game and coach Tony Sanchez’s job seat continues to get hotter and hotter.
This week’s games
Predicted winners bolded
All times MT
Air Force at Army, 10 a.m. (CBS Sports Network)
San Jose State at Wyoming, noon (AT&T SportsNet)
Brigham Young at Boise State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
San Diego State at New Mexico, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
Fresno State at UNLV, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Utah State at Hawaii, 10 p.m. (Stadium)
Last week: 3-3
For the season: 24-13