MW football power ratings

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi rates all 10 Mountain West football and why. Look for his ratings on a weekly basis as the season continues.

1. Boise State (6-1 overall, 3-0 MW): The Broncos are No. 21 in the country and remain a solid No. 1 this week in the rankings. Boise State continues to be far and away the best defensive team in the MW. It’s tops in scoring defense (13.6 ppg), pass defense (158.7 ypg), total defense (316.9 ypg), turnover margin (+11) and pass efficiency defense (95.6). The offense isn’t bad by any means, but the defense outstanding.

2. Fresno State (5-3, 3-1): I said last week the Bulldogs are the most complete team in the league, and I stand by that. They’re second to Boise State in most defensive categories, and their spread offense can hurt you via the run and pass. This may be the most athletic and talented team in the league.

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Camping with the Cowboys

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt described the start of his Friday’s  first of 10 allotted days to prepare for next month’s four-game exhibition trip to Canada as a “mini-camp.”

The Cowboys get 10 days, not 10 practices,  to get ready for this trip. Shyatt said he may have five practices in a day. Of course he was joking, but he put his team through about a 2 1/2 hour practice Friday morning at the Arena-Auditorium. UW also practices Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24 and July 31-Aug. 4. The Canadian tour begins Aug. 5.

“We’ll have some fun this weekend,” said Shyatt with a wry grin prior to Friday’s pracitce.

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Will or should Washington return to UW hoops team?

Earlier this week the police report was released on the incident involving Wyoming basketball players Leonard Washington and Shakir Smith. Here is the link to the story http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/06/06/sports/19sports_06-06-12.txt

Now that more details are out, do you think Washington will or should be allowed to rejoin the team? He is still suspended indefinitely for this incident, and another that occurred about two weeks prior to this one?

Washington is in Laramie this summer working and going to school. UW is giving him every opportunity to make amends for his mistakes. It’s up to Washington now. Is that good or bad, or right or wrong in your opinion?

Smith is not suspended and still with the team.

We had some great discussion and debate when UW football player Ben Durbin decided to leave for Iowa State for his senior year. Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this subject.