2013 college football rankings: A look at Mountain West ranked opponents

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The Mountain West will face three of the top five teams in the country, according to the initial USA Today coaches poll.

The initial USA Today coaches poll was released on Thursday, and there only happened to be one Mountain West team ranked which was Boise State at No. 19. San Jose State, Utah State and Fresno State all received votes, but now the attention turns to what ranked teams Mountain West schools will face this year.

The Mountain West as a league will face nine ranked teams, well technically 10 teams since Boise State is ranked and will play eight Mountain West teams. Those teams are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 12 Florida State, No. 18 Nebraska, No. 19 Boise State No. 21 UCLA, No. 24 USC and No. 25 Oregon State.

Then there are another five non-Mountain West opponents, and then the trio of Mountain West schools Fresno State, Utah State and San Jose State.

For a team-by-team look below is a chart showing which Mountain West teams will be playing ranked opponents.

Mountain West team Ranked opponent
Air Force Falcons No. 19 Boise State, RV Utah State, No. 11 Notre Dame,
Boise St. Broncos RV Washington, RV Fresno State, RV Utah State, RV BYU,
Colorado St. Rams No. 1 Alabama, RV Tulsa, RV San Jose State, RV, Utah State, No. 19 Boise State
Fresno St. Bulldogs RV Rutgers, No. 19 Boise State, RV San Jose State
Hawaii Warriors No. 24 USC, No. 25 Oregon State, RV Fresno State, RV San Jose State, RV Utah State
New Mexico Lobos RV Utah State, RV Fresno State, No. 19 Boise State
Nevada Wolf Pack No. 21 UCLA, No. 12 Florida State, No. 19 Boise State, RV Fresno State, RV San Jose State, RV BYU
San Diego St. Aztecs No. 2 Ohio State, No. 25 Oregon State, RV Fresno State, RV San Jose State, No. 19 Boise State
UNLV Rebels RV Arizona, RV San Jose State, RV Fresno State, RV Utah State
Wyoming Cowboys No. 18 Nebraska, RV San Jose State, RV Fresno State, No. 19 Boise State, RV Utah State
Utah State Aggies No. 24 USC, RV Utah State, RV BYU, No. 19 Boise State,
San Jose St. Spartans No. 4 Stanford, RV Utah State, RV Fresno State

Out of this initial set of rankings, Nevada has the toughest schedule with three ranked teams, and three receiving votes, and then San Diego State probably comes in next with also three ranked teams but only two are receiving votes.

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