MW football power rankings – Nov. 12

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

1. No. 14 Utah State (9-1, 6-0): The Aggies move up to the top spot after it won their ninth straight game, are the highest ranked team in the conference in the national polls and continue to put up video-game like numbers on offense.

2. No. 23 Boise State (8-2 overall, 5-1 MW): A gritty and hard-fought home win over Fresno State last week. The Broncos showed their toughness, despite a depleted defense due to injuries.

3. Fresno State (8-2, 5-1): The Bulldogs saw their eight-game winning streak snapped at Boise State, but they still control their own destiny to win the West Division. They finish the regular season with two home games. 

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MW football power rankings

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

1. No. 16 Fresno State (8-1, 5-0): Winners of eight straight and most of the Bulldogs’ games in conference play have been like scrimmages. But a test awaits this week at Boise State Friday. 

2. No. 14 Utah State (8-1, 5-0): The Aggies are ranked higher than the Bulldogs and are closing the gap with Fresno State in these rankings. A Fresno State-Utah State MW championship game could be a lot of fun.

3. Boise State (7-2 overall, 4-1 MW): A close home win over BYU last week. The Broncos are good, but there haven’t been enough times where they’ve shown to be elite like the two teams above them.

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MW football power rankings

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

1. No. 20 Fresno State (7-1, 4-0): Another impressive victory last week against Hawaii. The Bulldogs haven’t been challenged in league play, and it likely won’t be Saturday at UNLV. 

2. No. 18 Utah State (7-1, 4-0): The Aggies’ prolific offense returned by scoring 61 points at home against New Mexico. Utah State’s defense and special teams are often overlooked.

3. Boise State (6-2 overall, 4-1 MW): An impressive road win last week at Air Force. The Broncos have a big two-game stretch coming up with home games against Brigham Young and Fresno State.

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MW football power rankings

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

1. Fresno State (6-1, 3-0): Remains in the top spot and remains — at this point of the season — as the most complete team in the conference. The defense has allowed one touchdown and 13 points over the last three games. 

2. Utah State (6-1, 3-0): The Aggies’ prolific offense was slowed down considerably by Wyoming last week, but they found a way to win with defense and special teams. Good teams find different ways to win, especially on the road.

3. San Diego State (6-1, 3-0): Like Utah State, San Diego State has won six straight. It isn’t always pretty, unless you like good defense. The Aztecs need to clean some things up with penalties and sloppy play at times, but this team is a grinder.

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MW football power rankings

Here are my power rankings for Mountain West football teams entering this week’s games.

1. Fresno State (5-1, 2-0): I said last week this may be the most complete team in the MW, and that was reinforced with a convincing home win over a struggling Wyoming squad.   

2. San Diego State (5-1, 2-0): The Aztecs are a close second behind the Bulldogs. San Diego State is getting things done with a plethora of injuries. Really like watching this team play defense.

3. Utah State (5-1, 2-0): The Aggies have scored 40 or more points in a school-record five straight games. They have offensive weapons all over the place, and a defense that quietly gets it done. This is a fun team to watch.

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MW football power rankings

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

Rocky Long

1. San Diego State (4-1, 1-0): The Aztecs go to Boise State with backups at quarterback, running back and fullback and win. San Diego State may not be the most dynamic offensive team, but coach Rocky Long’s 3-3-5 defense once again proved it is legit.

2. Fresno State (4-1, 1-0): This may be the most complete team in the MW right now. A lot of numbers back that up, but here are two that standout — 15.6 points allowed and 40.2 points scored per game.  

3. Utah State (4-1, 1-0): I wanted to see the Aggies win on the road, and they delivered with a 45-20 win at BYU where the score wasn’t indicative of the beat down they handed the Cougars.

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MW football power rankings

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

Bryan Harsin

1. Boise State (3-1 overall, 1-0 MW): This may be the best team coach Bryan Harsin has had with the Broncos, and they showed it last week at Wyoming. However, senior quarterback Brett Rypien (no interceptions this season) will be tested at home Saturday against a stingy San Diego State defense.

2. Fresno State (3-1, 0-0): The Bulldogs are closing the gap with Boise State. Senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion is on a roll, and the defense is playing up to expectations. 

3. San Diego State (3-1, 0-0): There are some teams on the Aztecs’ heels, but despite being down their starting quarterback and running back due to injuries they hold on to the No. 3 spot.

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MW football power rankings

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

1. Boise State (2-1 overall, 0-0 MW): The Broncos remain at the top despite a bye week. They are No. 25 in the coaches poll and 27th in the AP poll — the highest ranked conference team for what it is worth.

2. Fresno State (2-1, 0-0): Rarely to teams move up having not played a game, but the Bulldogs get bumped up one spot this week. The lone loss to Minnesota was a close one a few weeks ago. A good home test comes Saturday against Toledo.

3. San Diego State (3-1, 0-0): The Aztecs drop one spot from last week after its 23-20 overtime win over Eastern Michigan at home. A young team that is still among the league’s best, but also still trying to find itself a bit.

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MW football power rankings return

For the first time on this platform this season, where are my Mountain West football power rankings heading into this week’s games. The rankings have been running in our four-page wrap that goes around the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for every Wyoming game. With no game this week for the Cowboys, there is no wrap. But from now  on I will post these rankings on the blog — along with my picks for the week.

Here we go.

1. Boise State (2-1 overall, 0-0 MW): The Broncos came back to earth, and fell out of the national rankings, with their 44-21 loss at now 15th-ranked Oklahoma State. Special teams were their demise with two blocked punts. Boise State still has a shot at New Year’s 6 bowl game, but for a team not used to losing, this had to have been a humbling blow.

2. San Diego State (2-1, 0-0): The Aztecs vault back up to near the top of these rankings after their 28-21 home victory over then No. 23 Arizona State. They did it with their typical style — a strong running game and good defense. They also did it with a backup quarterback.

3. Fresno State (2-1, 0-0): The Bulldogs did what they were supposed to do last week — go on the road and easily beat an undermanned UCLA team from the Pac-12. Senior Marcus McMaryion showed why he’s one of the better quarterbacks in the league. All seems right with San Diego State and Fresno State after both lost the previous week.

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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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