Here are my Mountain West football power rankings at the end of the regular season.
1. No. 19 Boise State (10-2 overall, 7-1 MW): This may not be the best team in Boise State history, but it is tough, gritty and Mountain Division champs. The Broncos also defeated Fresno State and Utah State, and get Fresno State on the blue turf for the Mountain West championship.
2. No. 25 Fresno State (10-2, 7-1): The Bulldogs took care of San Jose State to set up its rematch of last year’s MW championship game with Boise State. Can the Bulldogs break through on the road?
3. Utah State (10-2, 7-1): The Aggies are still very good, but not playing at the same level it did a few weeks ago. Maybe that’s because they are playing tougher teams.
4. Hawaii (8-5, 5-3): The Rainbow Warriors started 6-1, lost four straight then finished the regular season with two wins, including an overtime win at San Diego State. No team has been as up and down as this squad this season.
5. Wyoming (6-6, 4-4): The Cowboys ended the regular season with four straight wins, but will that be enough to get it into a bowl game?
6. Nevada (7-5, 5-3): A big early lead didn’t hold up at UNLV last week and snapped the Wolf Pack’s four-game winning streak. Still, a good season — and a better one if Nevada can win a bowl game.
7. San Diego State (7-5, 4-4): Hard to see the Aztecs this low, but inconsistent play and a quarterback platoon has caught up to them.
8. Air Force (5-7, 3-5): The Falcons ran all over Colorado State to win their regular-season finale. With a lot of guys returning next season, they will be a team to watch in 2019.
9. UNLV (4-8, 2-6): The Rebels had their biggest comeback in school history in a home win over Nevada. Armani Rogers (foot) was back at quarterback and showed what could have been had he not been out of the lineup so much this season.
10. Colorado State (3-9, 2-6): A forgettable season is over, but the Rams made things interesting over its final couple of games.
11. San Jose State (1-11, 1-7): Sounds crazy, but the Spartans are getting better and although it didn’t show up in the win column, progress was made in the second season with coach Brent Brennan.
12. New Mexico (3-9, 1-7): Ended the season with a seven-game losing streak for the second consecutive year. The Lobos had just 83 yards in its finale against Wyoming, and likely will have a new coach in 2019.
Mountain West Championship Game
Predicted winner bolded
Fresno State at Boise State, 5:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Last week: 4-2
For the season: 43-17