2013 College Football Rankings: Which MWC Opponents Were Ranked in the AP Poll?

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Plenty of opportunities are available for Mountain West Conference teams to prove themselves against elite opponents this year, at least according to the AP Poll released today.

The initial AP Poll was released earlier this morning, containing just one Mountain West team -- Boise State at no. 19 overall. Fresno State and Utah State also received votes, which is nice, but now attention turns to the actual games to be played by Mountain West Conference teams in 2013.

In all, Mountain West teams will face eight different non-Boise State ranked squads throughout the season, a list that includes Alabama, Ohio State and Stanford, the first, second and fourth-ranked teams in the country, respectively. Of the others, two teams (Hawaii, San Diego State) will face no. 25 Oregon State, and two (Hawaii and Utah State) will see no. 24 USC on their schedule. No. 12 Florida State, no. 18 Nebraska and no. 21 UCLA also appear on one schedule apiece.

At first glance, Nevada may have the toughest schedule in the conference, with three ranked teams and another two teams that received votes. But San Diego State may give them a run for their money, with three ranked teams themselves, including the second-ranked Ohio State.

For a team-by-team look at which Mountain West teams will be playing ranked opponents, check out the chart below. Any thoughts or concerns? Feel free to share in the comments.

Mountain West Team Ranked Opponent(s)
Air Force Falcons No. 19 Boise State, RV Utah State, No. 14 Notre Dame
Boise St. Broncos RV Fresno State, RV Utah State, RV BYU
Colorado St. Rams No. 1 Alabama, RV, Utah State, No. 19 Boise State
Fresno St. Bulldogs No. 19 Boise State
Nevada Wolf Pack No. 21 UCLA, No. 11 Florida State, No. 19 Boise State, RV Fresno State, RV BYU
Hawaii Warriors No. 24 USC, No. 25 Oregon State, RV Fresno State, RV Utah State
New Mexico Lobos RV Utah State, RV Fresno State, No. 19 Boise State
San Diego St. Aztecs No. 2 Ohio State, No. 25 Oregon State, RV Fresno State, No. 19 Boise State
San Jose St. Spartans No. 4 Stanford, RV Utah State, RV Fresno State
UNLV Rebels RV Arizona, RV Fresno State, RV Utah State
Utah State Aggies No. 24 USC, RV BYU, No. 19 Boise State,
Wyoming Cowboys No. 18 Nebraska, RV Fresno State, No. 19 Boise State, RV Utah State
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