MW football power rankings

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s Mountain West football power rankings for the week of Oct. 10-12.

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

1. No. 21 Fresno State (5-0 overall, 2-0 MW): The Bulldogs remain at the top as the league’s only undefeated and ranked team. Tough to find where they will lose a game from here on out if they stay focused and avoid injuries.

2. Boise State (3-2, 1-1): The Broncos move up based on Utah State’s misfortune last week. They can solidify this spot with a win at Utah State Saturday, and would control their own destiny to win the Mountain Division.

3. Utah State (3-3, 2-0): The loss of quarterback Chuckie Keeton for the season with a knee injury hurts a lot. There are plenty of good players on this squad to keep it in the upper half of the rankings, but it won’t be easy without Keeton.

4. Wyoming (3-2, 1-0): The Cowboys return home for the first time in a month when they host New Mexico Saturday. The run defense is shaky and they face the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense. But UW has a chance to reel off some wins if it gets back to the way it played prior to a 42-21 road loss at Texas State on Sept. 28.

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MW football power rankings

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s first Mountain West football power rankings of the season.

Look for these each week through the rest of the football season.

1. No. 23 Fresno State (4-0 overall, 2-0 MW): The Bulldogs are first because they are the only undefeated and ranked team in the league. Their offense and special teams are great, but for them to stay there the defense has to improve as they allow 38.2 points per game.

2. Utah State (3-2, 2-0): The most complete team in the league so far, and its two losses at Utah and USC were by a combined four points. The Aggies are for real, and right on the heels of Fresno State.

3. Boise State (3-2, 1-1): Don’t sleep on the Broncos just yet. They haven’t had two losses this early in the season since the mid 2000s, but they are still good. A game at Utah State next week is huge.

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