Mountain West Monday: Power Rankings After Week 8

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Here are some power rankings to help get your week started off right.

Instead of recapping the weekend of action we did power rankings. There were enough unexpected outcomes that we had to shuffle some teams about.

THE CONTENDERS

1. Boise State 6-1 (3-0)

There is not much standing between the Broncos and a Mountain West Championship. San Diego State and a season finale with Nevada may be the only games that could trip them up. The offense has started to look more comfortable and the defense remains dominant. Hard to dispute them as the best team in the conference right now.

2. Fresno State (5-3 (3-1)

The Bulldogs showed how dangerous they can be at home in their dominating win over Wyoming. Their defense is very underrated, DeRuyter has done a great job there. The biggest challenge left on their schedule is a trip to Nevada on November 10th.

3. Nevada 6-2 (3-1)

The Wolf Pack lost to San Diego State in OT on Saturday. I still wouldn't count them out of contention and that is why they are ranked ahead of the Aztecs. With home games against Fresno State and Boise State the ball is in Pack's court if they want to win the Mountain West. The bye week before the Bronco game could come in very handy in December.

4. San Diego State 5-3 (3-1)

Rocky Long showed some guts by going for two in the first overtime. It worked and the Aztecs earned their biggest win of the year. Unfortunately they also lost starting QB Ryan Katz for the year with an ankle injury. His backup Adam Dingwell perfomed well in his absence with three TD passes. Still losing Katz is going to hurt and Dingwell will have to show that he can lead the team every week. Their toughest remaining test will be a trip to Boise on November 3rd.

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

5. Air Force 4-3 (3-1)

The Falcons keep finding a way to win the close ones. They have been able to get wins over New Mexico, Wyoming and CSU so far in conference play. Things won't be as easy when they face Nevada, Fresno State and San Diego State. The Falcons are certainly a step below the top four teams.

6. New Mexico (4-4, 1-2)

Bob Davie was so close to pulling a great come from behind victory in Colorado Springs. All the Lobod need to do is win two of three against UNLV, Wyoming and CSU to become bowl eligible. At least Kasey Karrier has the Mountain West single game rushing record with 338 yards.

BOTTOM OF THE BARREL

7. UNLV 1-7 (1-2)

Now we get to the bottom of the conference. Four teams with just one win, a new low for the Mountain West. The Rebels floated to the top of the bunch this week. They at least have a conference win and a favorable schedule. Their last four games are: New Mexico, @ CSU, Wyoming, @ Hawaii. They will likely be favored in at least two of those games. Hauck may have a chance to end the season on a high note.

8. Wyoming 1-6 (0-3)

The Cowboys added some variety to their season by getting blown out by Fresno State. It helped break the monotony of those narrow losses. Maybe the Pokes will bounce back or perhaps they will just throw in the towel on the season. Certainly hope it is the former.

9. Colorado State 1-6 (0-3)

The Rams avoided adding to their loss column thanks to a bye week. Next they host Hawaii in a battle of the basement dwellers. The Rams have lost by double digit figures in six straight games.

10. Hawaii 1-6 (0-3)

The Warriors best chance of getting out of the basement is this weekend against Colorado State. Both teams are coming off bye weeks.

Let us know if you agree or disagree with any of the rankings.

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