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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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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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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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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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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MW football power rankings: Week 12

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Nov. 16.

Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.

1. No. 16 Fresno State (9-0, 6-0): Again, no movement here and it will take a monumental effort for a team to move past the Bulldogs. … or a stunning upset.

2. Boise State (6-3, 4-1): The Broncos hold this spot based on its earlier win over Utah State. The Broncos should run the table the rest of the way.

3. Utah State (6-4, 5-1): What’s most impressive is that the Aggies are 4-0 in the conference on the road. They also have the league’s best defense.

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MW football power rankings: Week 11

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Nov. 8-9.

Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.

1. No. 17 Fresno State (8-0 overall, 5-0 MW): No change at the top, but pressure mounts each week as the Bulldogs are in the hunt for a BCS bowl.

2. San Jose State (5-3, 4-1): The Spartans remain second this week and are riding a four-game winning streak. A home game with San Diego State is huge on Saturday night.

3. Boise State (6-3, 4-1): Still a very good team that is getting used to life without injured starting quarterback Joe Southwick. Its road win at Utah State last month gives the Broncos the edge over the Aggies in the power rankings.

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MW football power rankings

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Nov. 2.

Look for these each week through the rest of the football season, and of course, your feedback is welcome.

1. No. 16 Fresno State (7-0 overall, 4-0 MW): Still firmly at the top with one of the nation’s best offenses and an opportunistic defense. The Bulldogs could put up big offensive numbers again Saturday at home against Nevada.

2. San Jose State (4-3, 3-1): The Spartans have won three straight, the second-longest winning streak in the MW. Senior quarterback David Fales is one of the hottest players in the league right now. A game at upstart UNLV Saturday will see if they belong this high.

3. Utah State (4-4, 3-1): One of two teams at 3-1 in the Mountain Division. The Aggies are here based on its defense as it is ranked in the top 22 nationally in both scoring defense (20 ppg) and total defense (345.1 ypg).

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