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
This was the complete effort dominance many (including myself) have been waiting for the Broncos to demonstrate every once in a while and truly look a number 1 team. Behind a strong OL, big rushing game, stingy defense and plus special teams unit, Boise State dominated the Aggies.
2) Air Force
The Falcons cemented themselves as the #2 team in the conference over the past few weeks. Unfortunately for them, BSU clinched the division and Air Force will be shut out of the conference championship even though they will likely get to 10 wins by next week. Still a great time having a great season.
Another week, another wild Hawaii game. Has any team moved up and down more in our than the Rainbow Warriors? Last week they clinched a bowl, this week they scored just enough against the SDSU defense to beat them and clinch the division. They still can’t seem to make it through an entire game without pulling their starting QB, but they somehow find a way to make that work.
It is remarkable how far the Cowboys have gone on the strength of their defense. Their run game is the heart-beat of their offense and is balance just enough most of the time by QB play (QB #3 Levi Williams looked good Saturday). They’ve taken care of most of their MWC opponents and after going through most of the season it seems like settle in nicely here.
It seems like every time this year the Aztecs are on the verge of cementing themselves at the top, they drop a game to knock them down a few spots. That was the case this week, although Hawaii is a good team. As has seemingly been the case for much of the Rocky era, their defense did it’s job and the offense just couldn’t quite come through.
6) Utah State
In what was thought to be a great matchup going in, the Aggies didn’t do much after their first offensive drive. Love faced constant pressure, and their defense couldn’t make adjustments. Though maybe one of the best 6-5 teams in the country, Utah State falls a bit in these rankings.
Knock off a Power 5 team? Check. Get bowl eligible? Check. Knock Fresno State out of bowl contention? Check. Win the Battle for Nevada? That’s next on the to-do list for the Wolf Pack and one they seem poised to do.
8) Fresno State
Fresno and SJSU have been going back and forth for weeks and this week the Bulldogs top them. They lost and their bowl hopes are now officially dead. There weren’t many positives this year for Fresno State and now it’s about regrouping for next year, trying to win their last game and end on a positive note.
They dropped a close and winnable game to UNLV. Maybe they should even be ranked behind the Rebels, but one game doesn’t make a season. It’s still be a positive season for the Spartans but they too need to end their season on a positive note. The Spartans and Bulldogs will battle on the field in the finale in the “Morale Boost Bowl”.
Despite a win (and a move up in the rankings), 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.
11) Colorado State
Things just look bleak for the Rams. Despite having some offensive firepower, they really haven’t been able to overcome their defensive struggles and other miscues this year. Things don’t look good for their season finale against Boise State either. The future of the Rams will be very interesting as they contemplate moves going forward.
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.