Here are my weekly Mountain West football power rankings entering this week’s games.
1. No. 16 Fresno State (8-1, 5-0): Winners of eight straight and most of the Bulldogs’ games in conference play have been like scrimmages. But a test awaits this week at Boise State Friday.
2. No. 14 Utah State (8-1, 5-0): The Aggies are ranked higher than the Bulldogs and are closing the gap with Fresno State in these rankings. A Fresno State-Utah State MW championship game could be a lot of fun.
3. Boise State (7-2 overall, 4-1 MW): A close home win over BYU last week. The Broncos are good, but there haven’t been enough times where they’ve shown to be elite like the two teams above them.
4. Nevada (5-4, 3-2): The Wolf Pack had a bye week so there was no movement in the rankings. Nevada should win its final three regular season games.
5. San Diego State (7-2, 4-1): The Aztecs had their starting quarterback, running back and fullback return last week from injuries, but needed a fourth-quarter rally to win at New Mexico. If they can quit making silly mistakes, they are really, really good.
6. Wyoming (4-6, 2-4): The Cowboys have a two-game winning streak for the first time this season. The defense continues to play great, and duo of quarterback Sean Chambers and running back Nico Evans is fun to watch.
7. Air Force (3-6, 1-4): The Falcons have lost all six of their games by no more than 10 points. This team is better than the record indicates, but after losing last week at Army it must win out to get bowl eligible.
8. Hawaii (6-5, 3-3): The losing streak is now at four after a 6-1 start. Still, the Rainbow Warriors can get bowl eligible if it beat UNLV at home on Nov. 17.
9. Colorado State (3-6, 2-3): No game last week meant no movement in the rankings. Will be interesting to see how the Rams play and respond over the final three regular-season games.
10. New Mexico (3-6, 1-4): The Lobos have lost four straight, but gave San Diego State all it wanted last week. Not really sure what to expect from this team week in and week out.
11. San Jose State (1-8, 1-4): Despite allowing more than 400 rushing yards at Wyoming last week, the Spartans hung in there until the end. The Spartans are getting better, but a trip to Utah State Saturday won’t do them any favors.
12. UNLV (2-7, 0-5): The Rebels dropped their sixth 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
Fresno State at Boise State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
New Mexico at Air Force, 1:30 p.m. (CBS SportsNetwork)
San Jose State at Utah State, 2 p.m. (Facebook)
Colorado State at Nevada, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)
UNLV at San Diego State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Last week: 6-0
For the season: 30-13