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.

4. Boise State (4-2 overall, 2-1 MW): There is no such thing as a bad win — especially on the road — but the Broncos were sloppy last week in beating Nevada. Cornerback Tyler Horton showed why he is one of the league’s best with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.

5. Colorado State (3-4, 2-1): The Rams are starting to put things together. A 20-18 home win over New Mexico wasn’t pretty, but style points don’t matter. The defense is playing better, and this team could still be a player in the Mountain Division race.  

6. Hawaii (6-2, 3-0): The Rainbow Warriors got humbled in a 49-23 road loss at BYU — a game they trailed 28-3 at halftime. But based on how the other teams in the league fared last week, Hawaii’s drop in these rankings is minor. 

7. New Mexico (3-3, 1-1): The up-and-down play from the Lobos continued with a close road loss at Colorado State. The defense isn’t bad, and the offense has had its moments. New Mexico is due for a good game this week, and it needs it to hang with Fresno State.

8. Nevada (3-4, 1-2): Back-to-back home games with Fresno State and Boise State resulted in losses, but the Wolf Pack seems to be close to getting breakthrough conference win. It could come Saturday at Hawaii.

9. Air Force (2-4, 0-3): The bad news was sophomore quarterback Donald Hammond left the game last week against San Diego State with an ankle injury. The good news is the injury wasn’t season-ending, but the frustrations for the Falcons continue.

10. UNLV (2-4, 0-2): The Rebels are reeling, and the next two weeks are critical if they hope to turn things around and get bowl eligible with games against Air Force and San Jose State. 

11. Wyoming (2-5, 0-3): Two straight games where the Cowboys haven’t scored an offense touchdown. A solid defense can only do so much.

12. San Jose State (0-6, 0-2): A 52-3 pasting by Army was bad enough. Now, the Spartans get to play at San Diego State.

This week’s games

Predicted winners bolded

All times MT


Colorado State at Boise State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Air Force at UNLV, 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)


Utah State at Wyoming, 12:30 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)

Fresno State at New Mexico, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

San Jose State at San Diego State, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Nevada at Hawaii, 10 p.m. (Stadium)

Last week: 6-1

For the season: 16-9