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Power Rankings: Week 12

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NCAA Football: New Mexico at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Back at it. Things are finally starting to take shape a bit, as the rankings indict below. Take a look at this week’s MWCConnection Power Rankings, and let us know what you like and what you don’t. Feel free to drop your own rankings in the comments section.

1) Boise State

Sure Boise State picked on New Mexico this week, but they blew them out, instead of playing to their level of competition. Once more, they won with their third difference QB of the season, a trend that will be hard to continue this week against Utah State.

2) Air Force

The Falcons won the in-state battle over Colorado State. After beating Colorado earlier in the season, they own the state in 2019. Trailing 14-0 early, they used some stout defense and an offense that finally got going to execute their victory.


The good news: the Aztecs defense keeps them in every game.

The bad news: the Aztecs offense keeps them in every game.

Still, the Aztecs are very good.

4) Utah State

The offense seems to have found it’s stride and they are playing some of their best football of the season. Thus far their defense have been able to absorb the loss of Woodward on defense but can it last?

5) Wyoming

The defense had it’s highs and lows against the Aggie offense this weekend, but the offense is the bigger concern. It seems to be keeping them just out of reach of the top tier of the Mountain West. Nevertheless, a bowl berth and nice core of players is nothing to be disappointed about.

6) Hawaii

Another week, another wild Hawaii game. This one results in a win and a bowl berth. They don’t seem to have a settled answer at quarterback and yet somehow, it’s working for them. At least working well enough.

7) Nevada

The Wolf Pack didn’t play this past weekend and even so, this seems about right for them. They are clearly in the top part of the MWC and are also clearly at the bottom of that pack. Still, despite all the up and down, it’s hard to say their season wasn’t a good one.


They were idle this week and now need to see if there’s a final gear to shift to in their quest for bowl eligibility. At the same time, the Spartans are playing with borrowed money.

9) Fresno State

After being beaten by the Aztecs, they need to win their final two games to become bowl eligible. What a disappointing season for the Bulldogs.

10) Colorado State

The Rams came out hot, but alas, their three game win streak came to an end. With Wyoming and Boise State to close out the season, it will be interesting to see what happens to Colorado State over the next month.

11) UNLV

Despite a close loss, the tagline for the Rebels remains the same: The biggest question remaining for the Rebels are whether they will fire their head coach now, at the end of the season, or delay the inevitable another year by keeping him? They are playing harder than their record but are still behind the rest of the conference.

12) New Mexico

Not even going to change the write-up unless they win or somehow lose worst than expected: Lather, rinse, and repeat for the Lobos. It’s safe to admit at this point in the season there just isn’t enough there to compete with the majority of other teams on their schedule this season.