One week into conference play, and the Mountain West is just as baffling as the nonconference portion of the schedule was.
A decent amount of movement this week, and I would expect more in the coming weeks. But here is how I think the MW ranks this week.
RPI rankings are from RealTimeRPI.com. Nothing really stands out as far as the RPI goes, but it does indicate that from top to bottom, the MW is a solid league. Its RPI of 11 out of 32 conferences isn’t all that great, and it looks like the MW could be a one-bid league to the NCAA Tournament as of now.
Call it mediocre or poor, but this league isn’t as bad as many national people think.
I still think the league will get at least two teams to the NCAAs, and possibly three if all works out well.
As always, your feedback is welcome.
1. Boise State (10-4 overall, 1-0 MW, 70 RPI): The Broncos have the longest winning streak in the league at seven, and may have the Player of the Year in the MW in junior forward James Webb III. A tricky game awaits at Utah State Tuesday.
2. San Diego State (9-6, 2-0, 81 RPI): The Aztecs played like the Aztecs last week in a home win over Wyoming and an impressive road win at Utah State last week. The offense is still an issue, but the defense is not.