MW football power ratings

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi rates all 10 Mountain West football and why. Look for his ratings on a weekly basis as the season continues.

1. Boise State (6-1 overall, 3-0 MW): The Broncos are No. 21 in the country and remain a solid No. 1 this week in the rankings. Boise State continues to be far and away the best defensive team in the MW. It’s tops in scoring defense (13.6 ppg), pass defense (158.7 ypg), total defense (316.9 ypg), turnover margin (+11) and pass efficiency defense (95.6). The offense isn’t bad by any means, but the defense outstanding.

2. Fresno State (5-3, 3-1): I said last week the Bulldogs are the most complete team in the league, and I stand by that. They’re second to Boise State in most defensive categories, and their spread offense can hurt you via the run and pass. This may be the most athletic and talented team in the league.

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More college football coach rankings

Yesterday I posted how The Sporting News ranked the Mountain West’s football coaches.

Here’s the link to how it ranked all 124 FBS coaches entering this season.

Wyoming’s Dave Christensen was about in the middle at No. 58.

Let me know what you think about this or any of the rankings. Pretty high praise for Boise State’s Chris Petersen.

MW men’s power rankings

I have really enjoyed the comments and feedback on my weekly MW men’s basketball power rankings. Here’s what I got heading into this week’s MW Tournament.

1. No. 21 San Diego State (24-6, 10-4): The Aztecs won back-to-back road games at Boise State and TCU to capture the first seed in the conference tournament. Impressive late-season run by the Aztecs with only seven scholarship players that see playing time.

2. New Mexico (24-6, 10-4): The Lobos should have and did easily defeat Air Force and Boise State last week. This team isn’t far back from San Diego State, and this is the week their depth should help by having to win three games in three days to win the MW Tournament. I still think this is the team to beat in the tournament.

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MW men’s power ratings

Three teams tied for first, two teams tied for seventh and a mess in between.

That’s how the Mountain West men’s basketball standings look heading into the final week of the regular season.

“This conference is crazy. You have three teams tied for first when at the start of last week you didn’t think that was feasible,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said during Monday’s MW coach’s teleconference.

Here is my power rankings this week, and as always, would love to hear your feedback:

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UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

I liked how Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt described the Cowboys’ 64-54 win over Boise State Saturday.

He said it wasn’t much different than the previous four games — which UW lost.

The difference was there was no lengthy offensive droughts, and junior forward Leonard Washington stayed out of foul trouble and played like he’s more accustomed to playing.

Washington had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and didn’t pick up a foul, which in its own right may be the stat of the game. Washington has been plagued by foul trouble in recent games, and didn’t score in double figures during UW’s four-game losing streak.

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UW-Boise State key to the game

My top key for Wyoming in today’s men’s basketball game with Boise State in Laramie:

Hit the boards: Wyoming has been outrebounded in three of its four consecutive losses by an average of nearly 11 per game. The Cowboys have only six offensive rebounds in the last three games. Narrowing the rebounding gap, and even winning the rebounding margin, is vital today.

What do you think? For my other four keys, and more on today’s game see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. If you can’t go to the game or watch it on TV, follow me on Twitter: @rpgagliardi

UW-Boise State Q&A

Nick Jezierny of the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise and who covers Boise State men’s basketball answered five questions I had for him about Saturday’s game with Wyoming in Laramie.

Has the injury bug and off-the-court issues settled down some for Boise State to establish some sort of consistency among the starting lineup and rotation? The Broncos are healthy now, meaning that all 12 guys are back in action. But Elorriaga’s finger still is broken, so that’s still a little of an issue. And Hadziomerovic missed so much practice time with a broken foot that he has what he’s called “spaghetti legs” and only is playing for short spurts so far.

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