Here are my weekly Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.
1. No. 14 Utah State (9-1, 6-0): The Aggies move up to the top spot after it won their ninth straight game, are the highest ranked team in the conference in the national polls and continue to put up video-game like numbers on offense.
2. No. 23 Boise State (8-2 overall, 5-1 MW): A gritty and hard-fought home win over Fresno State last week. The Broncos showed their toughness, despite a depleted defense due to injuries.
3. Fresno State (8-2, 5-1): The Bulldogs saw their eight-game winning streak snapped at Boise State, but they still control their own destiny to win the West Division. They finish the regular season with two home games.
4. Nevada (6-4, 4-2): A bye week didn’t take any of the momentum away from the Wolf Pack as it rolled past Colorado State at home last week. Nevada should win its final two regular-season games, although both are on the road.
5. San Diego State (7-3, 4-2): The Aztecs were favored by more than three touchdowns at home against UNLV, but they got beat at their own game by the Rebels. This is a good team that picked a bad time to be inconsistent on the field.
6. Air Force (4-6, 2-4): The Falcons played their most complete game of the season in a home win over New Mexico last week. The offense rolled and the defense was opportunistic.
7. Wyoming (4-6, 2-4): The Cowboys were off last week and host Air Force Saturday where the winner keeps its bowl hopes alive and the loser plays for pride during the final regular-season game.
8. Hawaii (6-5, 3-3): The losing streak at four after a 6-1 start. Still, the Rainbow Warriors can get bowl eligible if it beat UNLV at home Saturday in what all of a sudden looks like an intriguing game.
9. UNLV (3-7, 1-5): The Rebels vault out of the basement of these rankings with their impressive win at San Diego State.
10. New Mexico (3-7, 1-5): The Lobos have lost five straight, but it is not for a lack of effort. However, the defense is struggling and the quarterback position is uncertain.
11. San Jose State (1-9, 1-5): The Spartans got trucked at Utah State last week, but most teams are getting trucked by the Aggies. Still, there’s no quit in this squad.
12. Colorado State (3-7, 2-4): A bye week resulted in a blowout loss at Nevada last week. The Rams seemed to have given up on the season, and they get Utah State at home this week.
This week’s games
Predicted winners bolded
All times MT
Boise State at New Mexico, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Utah State at Colorado State, noon (AT&T SportsNet)
Air Force at Wyoming, 2 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Nevada at San Jose State, 3 p.m. (ESPN3 — online)
San Diego State at Fresno State, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
UNLV at Hawaii, 10 p.m. (Stadium)
Last week: 3-2
For the season: 33-15