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Mountain West Power Rankings For Week 4

We're now on the verge of the conference schedule starting for every Mountain West school.

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Mountain West Conference Standings

(updated 9.22.2012 at 11:40 PM PDT)

Conf Overall
Nevada Wolf Pack 1 0 3 1
UNLV Rebels 1 0 1 3
Boise St. Broncos 0 0 2 1
Fresno St. Bulldogs 0 0 2 2
San Diego St. Aztecs 0 0 2 2
New Mexico Lobos 0 0 2 2
Wyoming Cowboys 0 0 1 3
Colorado St. Rams 0 0 1 3
Air Force Falcons 0 1 1 2
Hawaii Warriors 0 1 1 2

In fact we've already had two Mountain West conference games played already. Are the Warriors and Falcons really the worst teams in the conference? See how we project things shaking out right now.

Here is our updated power rankings heading into week five.

  1. Nevada (3-1, 1-0)
  2. Fresno State (2-2, 0-0)
  3. Boise State (2-1, 0-0)
  4. Air Force (2-2, 0-1)
  5. New Mexico (2-2, 0-0)
  6. Wyoming (1-3, 0-0)
  7. San Diego State (2-2, 0-0)
  8. UNLV (1-3, 1-0)
  9. Colorado State (1-3, 0-0)
  10. Hawaii (1-2, 0-0)

Nevada maintains the top spot in these power rankings. They have been the most consistent Mountain West this year by far. Once thing to watch is their defense with gives up a league worst 475 yards per game. Some people may be surprised to see Fresno State ahead of Boise State. The Bulldogs lost by one point to a very good Tulsa team on the road last week. Their offense is among the best in the league and their defense has been better then expected. With the offensive issues happening with Boise, they are not a complete team right now. Their defense remains incredible and is being forced to score most of the points. You can't rely on pick sixes to keep you in games.

Air Force suffered a tough loss to UNLV. That was a surprise but I still believe that Calhoun will right the ship. Their triple option attack is going to still be very effective against the rest of the conference. I've been very impressed with the job Bob Davie has done with the Lobos. They have a very strong ground attack that is again going to give other teams problems. Their ball control offensive is effective and efficient,the Lobos will be competitive in games besides Nevada or Boise State.

Wyoming only has one win but their upside is higher then much of the conference. The Pokes three losses have come to teams with a combined record of 9-1. The offense is going to put up plenty of points and yards with Brett Smith healthy. The run defense is certainly suspect at 253 yards a game. A bye week will help some injuries heal and get the Pokes ready for the conference grind.

The Aztecs are 2-2 but their victories have been over winless Army and then they still gave up 41 points in their win over FCS North Dakota. With road games at Fresno State, Nevada, Boise State and the regular season finale with Wyoming, it will be hard to win on the road. UNLV is always good for one surprise win, that has already happened in their win over Air Force. Expect Hauck to fall back to earth shortly and frustrate Rebel fans to no end.

The Rams offense is ranked bottom in the conference with just 17 points a game. Their ground game was supposed to be potent. They are only averagining 98.25 yards on the ground as A TEAM. Chris Nwoke has been banged up, still he is only averaging 3.7 yards per carry. The offensive line is not doing their job of opening up running lanes.

Hawaii was exposed big time in their loss to Nevada. The Warriors don't have many stoppers on defense. Teams with strong ground attacks will have a fun time playing Hawaii.


Agree or disagree with any of my picks? Let me know in the comments.