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Week 8 Mountain West football power rankings: Air Force take huge leap in the poll

The latest Mountain West power poll is out and there is a lot of movement now that conference play is underway.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Once conference play began it made sense that these rankings would slowly sort themselves out, but that does not seem to be the case. There was either some course correcting from last week's poll, or this entire league is wildly unpredictable. I am leaning to the latter.

Colorado State holds down the top spot once again after its win over Utah State, and that also allowed Boise State to take the second spot behind the Rams. After those two spots things just get weird. Air Force moved up to the third spot -- previously they were No. 6 -- after beating New Mexico, and that is not all that weird.

Then there is Fresno State who moved up two spots despite losing to Boise State Friday night, and they jumped San Jose State who beat Wyoming. Utah State took only a two spot tumble and it is interesting to see the Aggies fall two spots because while they lost to Colorado State by just three points, they are down to their third-string quarterback now that Darrell Garretson is injured and possibly gone for the rest of the season.

Also, despite Nevada topping BYU, and on the road, they fell one spot in the poll.

Have a look at the latest set of rankings.

Team Division
1. Colorado State  LW: 1 Mountain
2. Boise State LW: 3 Mountain
3. Air Force LW: 6 Mountain
4. Utah State LW: 2 Mountain
5. San Diego State LW: 3 West
6. Nevada LW: 5 West
7. Fresno State LW: 9 West
8. San Jose State LW: 8 West
9. Wyoming LW: 7 Mountain
10. Hawaii LW: 10 West
11. UNLV LW: 11 West
12. New Mexico LW: 12 Mountain