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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Wyoming 42, New Mexico 3 – live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 42-3 homecoming victory over New Mexico in front of 18,249 Saturday night at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

UW improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the MW. It also snapped a three-game losing streak against New Mexico (3-5, 1-4).

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Live Blog Wyoming vs. New Mexico football live chat

Wyoming vs. New Mexico football pregame primer

It is homecoming for Wyoming football this weekend, and it returns home for the first time in about a month to play New Mexico at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game is televised on ESPNU.

UW is 45-44-3 in 92 homecoming games in school history.

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

Play keep away: This was my No. 1 key for the Oregon game, and it didn’t work out well for the Cowboys in a 49-13 loss Sept. 16. But Wyoming stands a lot better chance to beat New Mexico if its offense can go on sustained drives, finish with points and keep the Lobos’ offense off the field. UW has shown at times this season that it can do this, but it hasn’t done it nearly enough. Today would be a great time be more consistent in this area.

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MW football power rankings – Week 9

Here are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games, all of which are on Saturday this week.

  1. Boise State 5-2 overall, 3-0 MW): Remains atop of the rankings after a workman-like 24-14 home win over Wyoming. Boise State’s defense has been impressive the last two weeks, and the offense could be picking up some momentum with its two-headed quarterback monster.

2. Colorado State (6-2, 4-0): For the second consecutive week, the Rams won a close game. They’ve won their last two games by a combined five points, but the fact they are still winning holds some clout. Colorado State got beat up defensively against New Mexico, and faces another option offense — and a rivalry game — Saturday at home against Air Force.

3. Fresno State (5-2, 4-0): The Bulldogs dismantled San Diego State on the road last week 27-3. They have a two-game lead in the West Division, and are tied with Colorado State for longest current winning streak in the MW at four. Does first-year coach Jeff Tedford make that much of a difference? Fresno State faces something it hasn’t experienced in a long time — a possible letdown game at home Saturday night against UNLV.

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Wyoming at Boise State live chat replay

Here the replay from my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 24-14 loss at Boise State in front of 35,565 at Albertsons Stadium Saturday night in Boise, Idaho.

UW fell to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West. Boise State improved to 5-2, 3-0, and  outscored the Cowboys 21-7 in the second half.

With the late kickoff, all of the coverage from Saturday’s game will be online at wyosports.net.

Live Blog Wyoming at Boise State football live chat

Wyoming at Boise State pregame primer

Wyoming looks to snap a five-game losing streak at Boise State when it plays the Broncos at 8:15 p.m. Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. Don’t be surprised if the kickoff is closer to 8:30 p.m. The game is televised on ESPN2.

Both teams enter the game 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West.

As for my No. 1 key in the game for the Cowboys:

Alexander Mattison

Get defensive: Wyoming must continue to ride its defense, which is third among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in turnover margin at plus-11, and has forced a Mountain West-high 17 turnovers. At very least, the Cowboys must win the turnover battle and keep their offensive turnovers to a minimum. UW also must do a good job of stopping the run. A big reason for Boise State’s improved play is the running game with sophomore running back Alexander Mattison. If he gets going, Boise State’s offense becomes more balanced and a lot harder to stop.

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MW football power rankings – Week 8

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

  1. Boise State 4-2 overall, 2-0 MW): Moves to the top this week after its 31-14 dismantling of previously undefeated and No 19 San Diego State on the road. The Broncos dominated from start to finish, and if they play like that the rest of the season they will be tough to beat.

2. Colorado State (5-2, 3-0): The Rams stay at No. 2 this week due in large part to Boise State’s dominating effort. But Colorado State had its hands full with one-win Nevada at home. It won, but that effort wasn’t enough to move it up to the No. 1 spot. On a short week, the Rams must go to New Mexico on Friday.

3. San Diego State (6-1, 2-1): The Aztecs’ hopes for a big-time bowl — and the MW’s hope for a big-time pay day — went up in smoke at home against Boise State. San Diego State is still very good, but Boise State exposed some weaknesses, such as offensive line play. The Aztecs still control their own destiny to win the West Division, and first place will be on the line Saturday night at home against the biggest surprise team in the conference.

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Wyoming at Utah State football – pregame primer

It is back to football for Wyoming as it plays at Utah State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah. Here is my top key to the game for the Cowboys:

Follow your rival: Wyoming’s biggest rival, Colorado State, provided the perfect plan on how to defeat Utah State in its 27-14 victory in Logan last Saturday. The Rams jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead, and didn’t allow the Aggies to get anything going offensively until it was too late. If UW can get off to a similar start, and ride that momentum throughout the game, there’s a good chance it comes away with the victory.

Agree or disagree?

Saturday’s game will be carried online on Facebook Live — like the Sept. 30 home game against Texas State. Here is the direct link to watch it:

https://www.facebook.com/StadiumCollegeFootball/videos/1935926140063335/

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MW football power rankings

Since the start of the college football season, I’ve been doing weekly Mountain West football power rankings. These run every Saturday in our four-page wrap previewing UW football games in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Since we are at the midway point of the season for UW, I will run these power rankings here for those of you who don’t take either newspaper.

Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions each week. Here we go:

1. No. 19 San Diego State 6-0 overall, 2-0 MW): A workman-like 41-10 win at UNLV last week. The Aztecs haven’t been sharp from start to finish the last few games, but continue to get the job done. A home game tonight with Boise State should be a big test. For the Aztecs to keep climbing in the national rankings, it needs to be more consistent from start to finish. However, they remain a solid No. 1 in these rankings.

2. Colorado State (4-2, 2-0): The Rams are closing the gap a little with San Diego State, and were impressive in a 27-14 road win at Utah State last week where they jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead. As of now, Colorado State is by far the best team in the Mountain Division. It plays its first home game since Sept. 9 today against Nevada.

3. Boise State (3-2, 1-0): Brigham Young (1-5) is bad, but for the Broncos to go to Provo and win 24-7 last week was formidable. More importantly, Boise State may have found its running game which will make it more dangerous moving forward. We will see just how good the Broncos are when they play at San Diego State tonight.

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