MW football power rankings – Nov. 19

Here are my weekly Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games, which is the final week of the regular season.

1. No. 14 Utah State (10-1, 7-0): The Aggies hung on for a road win at Colorado State thanks to a video replay at the end. Still, Utah State found a way and now plays for the Mountain Division title at Boise State this week.

2. No. 21 Boise State (9-2 overall, 6-1 MW): The Broncos have won six in a row and took care of business on the road at New Mexico last week. The regular-season finale at home against Utah State has the makings of a fun one.

3. Fresno State (9-2, 6-1): The Bulldogs bounced back after a loss at Boise State with a home win over San Diego State. This is still, in my opinion, the most complete team in the MW. The West Division champs get San Jose State at home this week. 

4. Nevada (7-4, 5-2): The winning streak is now at four, although there was nothing overly impressive about its 21-12 win last week at San Jose State. Nevada should win at UNLV this week, but strange things can happen in rivalry games.

5. San Diego State (7-4, 4-3): The Aztecs cling to the No. 5 spot, but have lost two straight and seem to have lost their way. The offense is kind of stuck right now as it plays multiple quarterbacks.

6. Hawaii (7-5, 4-3): The Rainbow Warriors snapped a four-game skid with a home win over UNLV to get bowl eligible as they outscored the Rebels 29-7 in the second half.

7. Wyoming (5-6, 3-4): The Cowboys won their third straight game with a come-from-behind victory over Air Force. Wyoming may have lost its starting quarterback and running back due to injuries, but they continue to improve and can get bowl eligible with a win at New Mexico.

8. Air Force (4-7, 2-5): All of the Falcons’ losses have been by 10 points or less, but blowing a 13-point lead with 8:44 to play at Wyoming was a crippling blow to a disappointing season. 

9. UNLV (3-8, 1-6): The Rebels rallied to win at San Diego State, but then blew a big lead late at Hawaii. Welcome to UNLV football.  

10. San Jose State (1-10, 1-6): Rarely does a loss and a one-win team move up in these rankings, but it just seemed fitting this week. There will be better days for this program in the near future.

11. New Mexico (3-8, 1-6): The Lobos have lost six straight and have allowed more than 400 points this season.

12. Colorado State (3-8, 2-5): A Hail Mary pass for a touchdown and and a win over Utah State was nullified because the wide receiver stepped out of bounds running to the end zone. That sums up Rams football this season in a nutshell.

This week’s games

Predicted winners bolded

All times MT


Wyoming at New Mexico, 12:30 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)

Colorado State at Air Force, 1:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

San Jose State at Fresno State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

Nevada at UNLV, 7:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Utah State at Boise State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNEWS)

Hawaii at San Diego State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Last week: 6-0

For the season: 39-15