Final regular season Mountain West football power rankings

Here is my Mountain West football power rankings at the end of the regular season.

  1. No. 25 Fresno State (9-3 overall, 7-1 MW): Don’t think anyone saw this coming at the start of the season. The Bulldogs were impressive in a home win over Boise State last week. Now they get to go to Boise for the MW Championship Game. Some reward, huh?

2. San Diego State (10-2, 6-2): Ended the season with a four-game winning streak, and was impressive in doing so. Another thing I bet you didn’t expect at the start of the season: the top two teams in the conference being from the West Division.

3. Boise State (9-3, 7-1): The Broncos had their seven-game winning streak snapped at Fresno State, and also appeared to get beat up physically in that game. Still, Boise State won the rugged Mountain Division and showed it was the best team in the division.

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San Jose State 20, Wyoming 17 – postgame thoughts

The performance on the field wasn’t good, and the reaction from many fans was even worse.

Wyoming’s 20-17 road loss at San Jose State was far and away the lowest point of the season for the Cowboys as they lost to a team that came into the game with one win (against a FCS foe) and losers of 10 straight. During that losing streak, the Spartans’ closest margin of loss was 11 points.

The offense was poor, although it did move the ball well in the second half with 255 yards after just 102 in the first half. The defense was solid — for the most part. Pretty much a microcosm of the season.

Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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Wyoming at San Jose State football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming football team’s 20-17 loss at San Jose State in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, California.

For more coverage from this game, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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MW football power rankings – Week 13

My Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

  1. No. 25 Boise State (9-2 overall, 7-0 MW): The Broncos are Mountain Division champs after they recorded their seventh straight victory — a home win over Air Force. Across the board, Boise State is clicking on all cylinders. It will get to know Fresno State well as it plays there this week in the regular-season finale, and again the following week in the MW Championship Game.

2. Fresno State (8-3, 6-1): Clinched the West Division title with a gritty 13-7 road win at Wyoming last week. The Bulldogs are very good defensively, and underrated on offense. They also are built and coached to be good for quite some time.

3. San Diego State (9-2, 5-2): Senior running back Rashaad Penny is a beat — as a runner and returning punts and kicks. The Aztecs are rolling again after a mid-season slump. Penny should be getting some Heisman Trophy consideration.

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Wyoming vs. Fresno State football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from Wyoming’s 13-7 loss to Fresno State Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

For coverage of this game and other UW sports, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and check back to wyosports.net.

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Wyoming vs. Fresno State football – pregame primer

The final home game for Wyoming is at noon Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium against Fresno State. The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet (used to be ROOT Sports).

Here is my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys:

Josh Allen

Be diverse offensively: On paper, Wyoming is going up against one of the best defenses in the country in Fresno State. The Cowboys need to be creative in what they do offensively. That doesn’t mean come out with a lot of trick plays, or get away from its identity offensively. But depending on the health status of junior quarterback Josh Allen, offensive coordinator Brent Vigen needs to come up with a plan that keeps Fresno State’s defense on its heels. Establishing the run would be a good start, which is key for any game UW plays. Even if Allen plays, limiting the hits he takes is crucial. If junior backup Nick Smith starts or plays, he must be put in situations where he can be successful. Ultimately, UW’s other play-makers, whether that be receivers, running backs or tight ends, must make more plays. Would a trick play or two, or even some different looks or formations work? Perhaps, but the Cowboys also can’t completely reinvent the wheel. There needs to be a balance between the two.

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MW football power rankings – Week 12

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

1. Boise State (8-2 overall, 6-0 MW): The Broncos were down big and gave up 35 first-half points at Colorado State, but found a way to rally for an overtime victory in one of the more entertaining games in the country this year. The winning streak is now six, and Boise State is pretty much a lock to be the Mountain Division champs.

2. San Diego State (8-2, 4-2): No game for the Aztecs last week, and its finishes up the regular-season with two home games, starting Saturday against two-win Nevada. One has to wonder what could have been had it not been for back-to-back home losses to Boise State and Fresno State last month.

3. Wyoming (7-3, 5-1): It was a little difficult putting the Cowboys this high after junior quarterback Josh Allen left last week’s Air Force game with some sort of right arm injury. Not knowing Allen’s status moving forward makes the Cowboys a different team, but the defense continues to shine — now with 27 turnovers forced.

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Wyoming at Air Force football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 28-14 victory over Air Force in front of an announced crowd of 24,257 at Falcon Stadium Saturday night.

UW improved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mountain West. Air Force fell to 4-6, 3-3.

For more coverage from this game, log on to wyosports.net.

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MW football power rankings – Week 11

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

  1. Boise State (7-2 overall, 5-0 MW): The Broncos keep rolling and have the conference’s longest current winning streak at five. There are not a lot of weaknesses in how this team is playing right now.

2. San Diego State (8-2, 4-2): Ran for a school-record 554 yards last week at San Jose State. The Aztecs look to be back more to the form where it started the season 6-0 and nationally ranked. The team has a bye week, then finishes with two home games. Hard to think this team loses again in the regular season.

3. Wyoming (6-3, 4-1): A memorable win in the snow over Border War rival Colorado State last week. The Cowboys play great defense and usually get just enough offense to win games. The toughness and competitiveness of this team is impressive.

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MW football power rankings – Week 10

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games.

  1. Boise State (6-2 overall, 4-0 MW): The Broncos are playing the best football of any team in the conference on offense and defense. They’ve won four in a row and have outscored those opponents 120-49.

2. Air Force (4-4, 3-2): Winners of three straight and coming off an impressive 45-28 win at Colorado State. The offense has been good all season, but if the defense can play like it did in the second half against the Rams, the Falcons will be tough to beat down the stretch.

3. Wyoming (5-3, 3-1): Some may think this is a homer pick, and perhaps it is a little high for a team that continues to struggle with consistency on offense. But after forcing a school-record seven turnovers in a 42-3 homecoming win over New Mexico, the Cowboys move up three spots from last week.

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