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Power Rankings: Week 5

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Who moved up or moved down?

NCAA Football: Air Force at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5 has come and gone and let’s check out the rankings of the mighty Mountain West this week:

1. Boise State

  • They found a way to remain undefeated facing BYE this week. As the only undefeated team left in the MWC, they remain in the top spot until further notice.

2. Hawaii

  • Is this what a complete game from the Rainbow Warriors look like? A high-powered, high-scoring offense that doesn’t get in its own way and turn the ball over. Plus, a defense that keeps opponents from scoring. After all, that is the formula to get wins: scoring more points than you give up.

3. Air Force

  • The Falcons did exactly what they should do coming off of a loss; get back in the win column. It wasn’t dominant start to finish but they took care of business and turned in a complete effort, offensively and defensively. AFA looks pretty strong right now.

4. Utah State

  • It was extremely difficult to drop the Aggies two spots despite winning. However, their off-week/near-loss came on the wrong week, with quite a few other teams looking quite impressive. There’s no reason not to believe Utah State can’t bounce back up, but this week they looked like the fourth-best team in the conference.

5. Wyoming

  • For a team with questions on offense, they found a lot of answers on Saturday. Who knows if it can be sustained but if the Cowboys can keep putting in that type of complete effort, the rest of the MWC better watch out. Their running attack and defense looks solid.

6. San Diego State

  • Despite going up against BYE this week (who somehow had multiple matchups), the Aztecs get leaped by the Cowboys, who looked pretty darn good. Still, SDSU is in a good spot to move forward but is on the bottom end of the top teams for now.

7. Fresno State

  • Going from 0-2 to 2-2 is a good thing, as winning is the goal in case people didn’t know. Their two wins come against weaker competition, so it’s still difficult to know just how good this Bulldogs team really is. The safe bet is they are better than 7th in the conference, but hard to give them the benefit of the doubt, at least until next week. The matchup against Air Force should be a more accurate measuring stick.

8. San Jose State

  • The Spartans looked like a pretty decent team, and their 2-2 record reflects that. They don’t have a conference win yet but turned in a competitive showing against Air Force. They may be able to sneak in another win or two before season’s end and as of today, are close to the top half of the bottom of the conference, which is a big step for them.

9. Nevada

  • The week 1 glow has officially worn off for the Wolf Pack, who really haven’t look the same since their big win over Purdue. They get San Jose State next week and a win would get them back on track. However, a loss may be the white flag for the end of the season.

10. Colorado State

  • The Rams turned in one of their best efforts of the year against a good Utah State team. Their defense kept Love and the Aggies in check better than anyone would’ve expected. And the offense maintained their pace as well. Despite a loss in what could’ve been a big win, there is a bright spot for CSU this week.

11. UNLV

  • The Rebels move up in the rankings after getting completely demolished this past weekend? They wouldn’t have, except for what happened to the #12 team. It’s difficult to find a bright spot for this team the past few weeks and a looming matchup agains the #1 team in the rankings probably won’t help matters.

12. New Mexico

  • Let’s cut to the chase: the Lobos lost to Liberty. Liberty, as in an FCS team. Sure they were 2-2, but those two wins were against a Buffalo and Pirates in the Hamptons, not exactly powerhouses. No one mistook New Mexico for a strong football team, but not being able to score more than 10 points against Liberty is a new low. The good news? Justice isn’t on the schedule this season.