Mountain West football power rankings/picks – Week 4

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi with his weekly installment of his Mountain West football power rankings and picks for Week 4 of the college football season. Look for this every week during the football season, and as always, your feedback is welcome.

1. Boise State (2-1 overall, 1-0 MW): The Broncos traveled across the country and took care of business against a bad Connecticut team. While no one of the the MW has stood out, the Broncos have been solid in their last two games since a season-opening loss to Ole Miss. This week: vs. Louisiana, 8:30 p.m. MT Saturday (ABC). The Rajin’ Cajuns are good and have some weapons, but the game is on the blue turf in Boise so look for another Broncos win. Boise State 30, Louisiana 14.

2. Nevada (2-1, 0-0): Despite a 35-28 road loss at Arizona, the Wolf Pack stay at No. 2. The team is 1-1 against Pac-12 schools and seems to be more well-rounded this season. It could be the favorite to win the West Division. This week: Off.

3. San Diego State (1-1, 0-0): The Aztecs were off and had time to think about how they let one slip away at nationally ranked North Carolina the week before. Still not sure what to think of this team offensively. Quarterback play must improve. This week: at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m. MT Saturday (Fox Sports 1). I really want to pick the Aztecs, and it would be nice to see the MW get a quality road win, but I can’t do it. Oregon State isn’t great, but it is better than the SDSU. Oregon State 31, San Diego State 20.

4. Utah State (2-1, 0-0): The Aggies beat Wake Forest last week, but senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton is on the shelf for a couple of weeks because he’s battered and bruised. There is a reliable backup, but one has to wonder just where this Utah State team is right now — mentally and physically. This week: at Arkansas State, 5 p.m. MT Saturday (ESPN3). This game won’t be easy, but the Aggies find a way and it won’t be pretty. Utah State 24, Arkansas State 20.

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Mountain West football power rankings and picks – Week 1

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi with his first weekly installment of his Mountain West football power rankings and picks for the Week 1 of the college football season. Look for this every week during the football season, and as always, your feedback is welcome.

1. Utah State: The defending Mountain Division champs get senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton back from a knee injury, and it may be a stretch to put the Aggies this high not knowing how good Keeton will be. But there is a proven backup behind him and a lot of good players on defense. This week: at Tennessee, 5 p.m. MT, Sunday (SEC Network). Of all the MW teams playing big-time programs this week, Utah State may have the best chance to win. But I am still going with the Vols in a close one. Tennessee 27, Utah State 24.

2. Fresno State: Not only do the Bulldogs have to replace quarterback Derek Carr, but they also lost some really good receivers. Still, there are players in the pipeline that can fill the void. This team will still be good. This week: at USC 5:30 p.m. MT, Saturday (FOX). Even with Carr and Co., Fresno State was blown out by USC in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl. USC has a new coach and has a mess on its hands with the Josh Shaw saga, but it still has enough to win. USC 31, Fresno State 20.

3. Boise State: The Bryan Harsin era begins, and one has to wonder if the Broncos will remain among the MW’s powers. They will, thanks to Harsin’s new wrinkles and what was built by former coach Chris Petersen. There are too many good players on that roster not to. This week: vs. Ole Miss, 6 p.m. MT Thursday (ESPN). The Broncos will go to Atlanta and pick up the league’s best win over a nonconference foe. Boise State 30, Ole Miss 23.

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