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Power Rankings: Week 4

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The top teams return to their winning ways.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Nevada David Calvert-USA TODAY Sports

Back at it. With each week, the sample size will grow and the rankings will (hopefully) be more accurate. 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) Nevada

The Wolf Pack won another game, but it was more surviving than thriving. It might end up being a wake-up call to refocus without having to endure a loss in order to do it. Or perhaps UNM exposed a flaw in their offense. Time will tell but until they, the Strong to Doubs connection continues to be unreal this year.

2) San Jose State

The Spartans keep winning and keep looking great on offense. What more is there to say? They have a non-traditional, but productive running game to compliment their diverse group of receiving weapons. Their only knock is they have not yet had to leave the state of California to play.

3) Boise State

The Broncos rebounded from their demoralizing loss last week with a beat down win this week. They got their starting QB back and that made a big difference on offense. They also looked inspired on both defensive and all forms of special teams. There is little separating these top three teams at the moment, if there is any separation at all.

4) San Diego State

The Aztecs got back in the win column this week over Hawaii, putting some distance between them and the Rainbow Warriors. They are still a good team and should not be taken lightly, but as usual, if their tried and true game-plan of running the ball can be stopped, so can the SDSU offense. They need to develop a passing game.

5) Fresno State

Ever since their opening season loss, the Bulldogs have really figured things out. They have a nice 1-2 punch on offense with Ronnie Rivers and Jalen Cropper, which gets the job done behind their QB who has done a much better job taking care of the ball. Granted, the past few weeks have been the soft spot in their schedule, but they have taken care of business in those games. Consider them the last of the good teams at this point.

6) Hawaii

Is any team more polarizing than the Rainbow Warriors? In their two wins, they look like a dominant offense with a good enough defense who would be fun to watch in a bowl game. In their two losses, they look confused on offense and lifeless on defense. Thus far Hawaii has alternated wins and losses and it’s hard to rank them higher until further notice. They are the best of the not so great teams.

7) Wyoming

The Cowboy’s first loss is looking better and better each week but this second one against Colorado State is a head-scratcher. They really need to regroup before this becomes a lost season for the team. Losing a rivalry game is tough and now Wyoming gets a de-facto bye week to figure things out. Without a game this week, it’s hard to know what to make of this Wyoming team.

8) Colorado State

The Rams could not have looked worse against Boise State following their first win of the season. They looked made special teams error after special teams error, and failed to establish the running game on offense despite their opponent being weak in the middle of the defense. Their passing game will keep allow them to put up points, but there isn’t much else to point to on this team at this point.

9) Air Force

The Falcons are fighting a battle on two fronts. Regrouping from losses on the field and regrouping from losses in their ranks due to alleged covid outbreaks. They have now lost a second game to Covid, which may need to debut in a future rankings post if this keeps persisting.

10) New Mexico

The Lobos played the Wolf Pack to the wire, and had an opportunity to tie the game with the ball late in the fourth quarter. They could not convert, but it continues the trend that New Mexico is competitive in every game, despite being winless on the season. Moral victories are what rebuilding, losing teams point to, but UNM really is getting better every game this season.

11) UNLV

Outside of Charles Williams at running back, there isn’t much going on for their offense. They mixed things up at quarterback again, but to no avail. It’s a trying season and although the Rebels continue to try each and every week, there isn’t much to point to right now.

12) Utah State

The Aggies have four lifeless losses and only a few hard-fought moments, let alone an entire game. They fired their coach and showed no signs of life in their first game without him. At this point, no team is counting down to the end of the season more than Utah State.