Back at it. With each week, the sample size will grow and the rankings will (hopefully) be more accurate. Now that every team has played a game, the rankings can be based off of actual results. 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
Boise State started their backup quarterback and played with their second-string running back for most of the game. They accounted for six touchdowns as both handled the challenges with little issue. If depth reigns supreme in 2020, the Broncos appear to be set in that regard.
2) San Diego State
The hype may be focused on Nevada, SJSU or the usual Boise State, but SDSU looks strong on both side of the ball through two games on the young season. The quality of their two opponents leave something to be desired but they are winning convincingly. They will probably have Nevada breathing down their necks all season but they look like the better of the two teams at this point.
The Wolf Pack won a thrilling opener and beat their in-state rival after losing the past two years. The offense is dynamic and should be considered one of the best in the MWC at this point. The defense still leaves something to be desired but they’ve held their own through two games. They have earned their place to be in the same sentence with the other two top teams and will be entrenched here until further notice.
The Cowboys got back on track this weekend, handing Hawaii with ease. Their running game appears like one of the best in the conference and they have just enough in the passing game to keep defenses honest. Speaking of defense, once again they have a stout one. They still have a number of upcoming tests but they look good enough to stay near the top of the conference.
5) San Jose State
The Spartans are off to their best start in 33 years, which reveals a lot about the history of their program. Their offense is humming along and their defense has been a pleasant surprise. On the other hand, it’s tough to know how good they actually are based on the quality of their first two opponents. There’s something to be said about being the teams you should beat. However, the road is going to get much, much tougher against San Diego State this weekend.
The Rainbow Warrior offense forgot to show up to the game last weekend. Chevan Cordeiro could not have looked more different than his first game and not for the better. Apparently the offense goes as he goes and neither were going against Wyoming. Is this team consistent or are one of these games an anomaly? Stay tuned.
7) Fresno State
The Bulldogs got a nice bounce-back win this week. Ronnie Rivers led the way early and often and Jake Haener took care of the ball more effectively. They also got more touches for the explosive and versatile Jalen Cropper, which is always a good thing. The next three weeks are a soft spot in their schedule and will show how good this team can be.
8) Air Force
The Falcons are more short-handed than most teams in the MWC and that was exposed this past week. Their running game was able to keep chugging along despite missing starters at RB and FB thanks to their OL back at full strength. However, the defense was exposed this time around. They should still win a number of games but it’s becoming clear this is not their year.
The Rebels improved from last week, even though the game got away from them late. The offensive showing was much better and displayed a good pass/run balance. They got the ball in Charles Williams hands and Max Gilliam settled in nicely at quarterback. Again, they looked better than the first week and continual improvement is what matters.
10) New Mexico
The Lobos started their season and although they didn’t win, they made it a pretty competitive showing. Tuioti looked serviceable at quarterback which is encouraging and Andrew Erikson looks like a weapon as a freshman wide receiver. This year is about developing and staying in ever game. Anything else is a bonus.
11) Utah State
The Aggies arguably looked worse this week against the Aztecs than their Week 1 showing. They struggled to score points without running back Jaylen Warren and their defense is too good at giving points up. They had no answer for the SDSU running game and their schedule isn’t doing them any favors with Nevada on Thursday.
12) Colorado State
The Rams finally played a game but things didn’t look great. Not starting Pat O’Brien was a questionable decision but when he got in the offense looked better. Their defense has and continues to be a work in progress. There’s quite a bit to clean up on this team but for now, things aren’t looking up.