Mountain West Conference 2012 Power Rankings: Week Seven
Mountain West Power Rankings Week Seven
While the top of the college football rankings were shaken like a tree in an earthquake, the Mountain West remained rock steady this past weekend. No major changes are in store for the new rankings.
There was some slight movement in the middle of the field. Even in a loss, it was good to see the Wyoming Cowboys play tough on the road against a good Nevada Wolf Pack squad. The Pokes held Nevada to 127 yards rushing and Stefphon Jefferson to zero TDs. For Wyoming that's huge. Brett Smith and Robert Herron are a dynamic duo in the passing game and with both healthy, the Cowboys move up in my rankings.
I was surprised that the Air Force Falcons failed to protect their homefield against the Navy Midshipmen. It was a tough matchup, but one the Falcons should have been able to secure. Nonetheless, Air Force has depth and defensive issues. It showed up once again in Colorado Springs.
Not a shocking win for the Boise State Broncos, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles are a bad team. This seems to be the pattern with Joe Southwick at QB, a big performance, followed by a lackluster against a better defense. Saturday the home match opposite the Fresno State Bulldogs is Southwick's big chance to gain the confidence of the Broncos faithful.
Here are your week seven Mountain West Power Rankings. Enjoy.
10. Hawaii Warriors (1-4) (0-2)
For someone who used to watch the Hawaii Warriors when they had June Jones calling plays and Colt Brennan throwing touchdowns, the 2012 version is a tough watch. Hawaii managed a mere 173 yards of offense in San Diego. Norm Chow's (above) growing pains continue as he installs his new offensive system.
9. Colorado State Rams (1-5) (0-2)
It isn't like the Colorado State Rams were winning with Garrett Grayson at quarterback. With Grayson out because of injury replacement M.J. McPeek has struggled. Blaming losses on the back up is missing the point though. CSU has a long way to go before head coach Jim McElwain (above) can meet expectations.
8. UNLV Rebels (1-5) (1-0)
Lost in the 58-31 final score at the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this past Saturday was the how close this was to being a game. Fighting back from a 27-7 deficit the UNLV Rebels found themselves down by three in the third quarter. Head coach Bobby Hauck and quarterback Nick Sherry look like they are one year away from turning the corner.
7. Wyoming Cowboys (1-4) (0-1)
Having Brett Smith and Robert Herron back has dramatically improved the offense. Defensively the Cowboys played arguably their best game of the season considering they were playing at Nevada against one of the Mountain West's most dangerous offenses. If the Pokes can get that kind of effort from their D the rest of the year, 2012 could be salvageable in Laramie.
6. Air Force Falcons (2-3) (1-1)
Four fumbles with three of them lost against Navy, is probably taking sleep away from head coach Troy Calhoun this week. Running back Cody Getz continues to put up great stats running for over 200 yards this past Saturday in the overtime loss to the Midshipmen. Air Force out gained the Middies, as well as had the edge in first downs, and third down conversion percentage. Eliminating mistakes are a must if Air Force wants to move up the rankings.
5. New Mexico Lobos (3-3) (0-1)
Bob Davie isn't passing the football. This is a team that is going to run the ball all day as if it was 1932. This past Saturday the Lobos had, count it, nine yards in the air. Quarterback B.R. Holbrook had three attempts. It's working, so far New Mexico owns the eighth best rushing attack in the FBS. UNM is .500 six weeks into the season. That in of itself is news.
4. San Diego State Aztecs (3-3) (1-1)
Offensively things are working out for the San Diego State Aztecs. Quarterback Ryan Katz has a 149.4 rating picking up yards on the ground and in the air. A number that bothers me is 20, representing the number of times Katz has been sacked this year. SDSU needs to shore up their defense if they have plans of creeping onto the top three of the Mountain West.
3. Boise State Broncos (4-1) (1-0)
A return to the top 25 could be short lived if the Broncos fail to defeat the Fresno State Bulldogs. It is a possibility as FSU has a strong offense led by quarterback Derek Carr. The key for the Broncos is for Joe Southwick (above) to make the Dogs pay for loading the box. Against good competition, Southwick has yet to do this. An opportunistic Broncos defense must play to potential this Saturday.
2. Nevada Wolf Pack (5-0) (2-0)
After a scare against Wyoming, the Wolf Pack can keep their Mountain West momentum going with a trip to UNLV. Cody Fajardo at quarterback and Stefphon Jefferson toting the ball are the stars of Chris Ault's pistol offense. Fajardo is a question mark going into Las Vegas as he left Saturday's game early with back spasms. Without Fajardo, the Pack are vulnerable to an upset.
1. Fresno State Bulldogs (4-2) (2-0)
Needless to say, Saturday is big for head coach Tim DeRuyter (above) and his Bulldogs. If FSU can find a way to win in Boise the rest of the Mountain West will be put on notice. Aside from Carr at QB, Robbie Rouse is an excellent back, who is a threat in the passing game as well. Defensively the Dogs lead the Mountain West in sacks made. Overall, this is the best team in the league. This weekend Fresno State can prove it.