Some people would say that two weeks into the new college football season is too early to put out a “power ranking”. We say that is nonsense!
Here is my knee-jerk reaction to the first two weeks of the season.
12. UNLV — Sure the Rebs are coming off a victory, but the victory was against soon-to-be FCS Idaho, also they lost to Howard...HOWARD! UNLV brings up the rear.
11. Nevada — The Wolf Pack have a long way to go before they become relevant in the hunt for a Mountain West title again. Colin Kaepernick isn't walking through that door anytime soon.
10. SJSU — Sure, I had to get a bit “nit-picky” here, the Spartans could have easily been as good as number eight on this list, but I just can’t get the taste of 56 to nothing out of my mouth.
9. New Mexico — Dear New Mexico, you can’t lose to your “little brother” program. Sincerely, everyone.
8. Utah State — Remember when you used to get frustrated, and beat up on your friend’s little brother to get some anger out? That is exactly what Utah State did to Idaho State this past Thursday. Maybe the Aggies are too low on the list, but it’s my list, deal with it.
7. Air Force — Apparently the Virginia Military Institute has a football team, and they aren’t very good. The Falcons won 62-0. I honestly had no idea where to rank the Academy, but I bumped them up a bit because these dudes are real life heroes who play football. They get a break today.
6. Fresno State — Yes, their only win is against Incarnate World (no seriously, that is a real school - look it up) BUT the Bulldogs scored 10 points against Alabama! I don’t care if it were the Bama cheerleaders were playing defense, ten points is ten points. Fresno gets extra credit.
5. Hawaii — I wanted to rank Hawaii number one just because Nick Rolovich is so freaking cool. I resisted. Yes, “Chosen-Rosen” threw five touchdowns on them, but have you seen the Hawaii travel schedule? I think if they played all their games in Beijing, China they would fly less.
OK - the top four is what really matters right? Here you go.
4. Wyoming — The Cowboys opened the season with a big test at Iowa. They failed. Iowa made the look like they didn’t belong. Josh Allen threw two interceptions that could have easily been four. The Cowboys, and Allen for that matter, rebounded against Gardner-Webb, but if Wyo wants to return to the MW title game, improvements need to be made.
3. Colorado State — The Rams beat the pelts off the Oregon State Beavers in the opening game of the season, only to fall to in-state rival Colorado the next week. No shame in going 1-1 in the Pac-12. CSU added a drubbing of Abilene Christian in week three. These Rams have shown flashes of brilliance on offense, Nick Stevens and Michael Gallup may be the best duo in the Mountain West.
2. Boise State — If you think BSU is too high on this list because of their loss to WSU in Pullman, go back to bed. Now, Boise could easily fall out of the top two if their starting quarterback Brett Rypien doesn't come back from whatever injury he suffered against Washington State. Montell Cozart has been a spark for Boise, but as the end of the WSU game showed, he’s not perfect and there is a reason Rypien is the starter.
1. San Diego State — SDSU is king of the Mountain West mountain, and to be honest it isn't really that close right now. The Aztecs went down to Arizona State this past weekend and put a whooping on ol’ Sparky. Rashaad Penny accounted for 353 all-purpose yards, including 216 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Yikes. Good luck to whatever Mountain West team thinks they are going to knock off the Aztecs this season.
There you have it! Your first Mountain West power rankings of the year. Agree? Good, you’re smart. Disagree? Blow me up on twitter @Stubbs_SBN or leave a comment, and I’ll tell you why you’re wrong.